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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)—Even in a game as unpredictable as baseball, some results seem almost easy to call.

Darrell May vs. Curt Schilling was the perfect example.

May gave up three two-run homers while Schilling allowed only three runs total, and the Boston Red Sox snapped a four-game losing skid with an 8-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

“I’m disappointed in how I finished again,” said Schilling (7-3), who went seven innings and gave up three runs on six hits.

The Royals scored twice in the seventh against Schilling, who won his third in a row.

“I continue to be disappointed with the way I’m pitching after the sixth inning. But it’s a win. It feels good,” he said. “We’d like to get on a little roll here and get back to the team we are.”

David Ortiz, Mark Bellhorn and Kevin Youkilis all hit two-run home runs off May (2-8), the first major league starter with eight losses. His 17 homers allowed are also the most among AL pitchers.

“It’s so frustrating because I have no idea,” said May, who has a 6.14 ERA. “In the bullpen between starts, it’s been great. But I get out there and it’s like two different people.”

Schilling gave up a 445-foot home run to Mike Sweeney on his ninth pitch of the game, and then shut out the Royals until Benito Santiago’s sacrifice fly with one out in the seventh.

Mike Timlin pitched a hitless eighth and Keith Foulke allowed Santiago’s homer in the ninth.

May was charged with seven runs on 10 hits, including Boston’s first back-to-back triples in almost five years.

“Obviously, if I keep the ball in the park it is possibly a different game,” May said.

Bellhorn singled in the first ahead of Ortiz’s 12th homer. In the third, Johnny Damon—the only Boston starter without a hit—reached on Sweeney’s fielding error at first. Then Bellhorn hit his seventh homer, putting the Red Sox on top 4-1.

With one out in the fourth, Gabe Kapler tripled over Matt Stairs in right. Then, Pokey Reese hit a deep fly to left-center that eluded Desi Relaford for another three-base hit.

After Kevin Millar singled with two outs in the fifth, Youkilis hit May’s first pitch for his second big league homer.

Jason Varitek’s RBI single made it 8-1 in the top of the seventh.

After Santiago’s sacrifice fly made it 8-2, Angel Berroa hit an RBI single.

Ken Harvey doubled leading off the seventh for Kansas City and extended his hitting streak to 14 games. He finished 1-for-4 and his average fell to .374.

Sweeney’s homer was the first Schilling allowed in five starts, since Santiago took him deep in Boston’s 9-1 victory in Boston on May 8.

“I’ve taken the ball 12 times and (the team has) won nine games. So I’m ecstatic about that,” Schilling said. “But I don’t feel like I’ve been throwing anywhere near as well or as consistently as I should be, and can be and will be.”

Red Sox manager Terry Francona flew in a private jet to attend his son’s high school graduation in Pennsylvania and was back just in time for batting practice.

“I’m exhausted, but it feels good to get a win,” he said.


The start was delayed 22 minutes by rain. … The last time Boston had back-to-back triples was Aug. 18, 1999, by Trot Nixon and Jose Offerman againstOakland’s Kevin Appier. … The Royals are 5-9 against the AL East.

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