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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)—The Boston Red Sox got a break when two Kansas City players collided in the infield.

The Royals were just thankful that both are OK.

Relief pitcher Jason Grimsley and first baseman Ken Harvey were hurt Sunday in a violent collision during Boston’s 5-3 victory. The players were taken to a hospital, but X-rays on both were negative.

“We’re very fortunate,” Royals trainer Nick Swartz said.

Harvey has a bruised right forearm, and Grimsley bruised his left forearm and right jaw. Both are day-to-day.

Johnny Damon hit a tiebreaking, two-run double during Boston’s five-run sixth inning.

Derek Lowe (5-5) went five innings, giving up three hits and three runs. Mike Timlin pitched three hitless innings in relief, and Keith Foulke worked the ninth for his 11th save in 12 chances.

With the bases loaded and one out in the sixth, Cesar Crespo hit a high bouncer to Harvey, who caught the ball and started to throw home when he and Grimsley collided.

While the run scored on a fielder’s choice, both stayed on the ground, apparently in serious pain.

“That was just crazy,” Boston third baseman Kevin Youkilis said. “I hope they’re both all right. That play will probably never happen in baseball again.”

Boston manager Terry Francona said he had never seen such a play.

“It looked to me like (Harvey) was going to come home, so I’m looking at the runner,” Francona said. “And all of a sudden there are bodies all over the place.”

Grimsley had just relieved starter Chris George and walked the bases full before giving up an RBI single to David Ortiz.

The Royals took a 3-0 lead on Mike Sweeney’s two-run homer in the first and Tony Graffanino’s groundout.

Jaime Cerda gave up an RBI single to Pokey Reese in the sixth before Damon’s third double of the day drove in the last two runs.

“We weren’t exactly knocking the cover off the ball. That was our chance to do something and thankfully we did,” Francona said. “Right in the middle of that inning, you kind of catch a break, we’ll take it. You never want to see anybody hurt.”

Grimsley (3-2) got the loss after facing three batters and being charged with three runs.

Harvey singled in the fourth to stretch his hitting streak to 15 games and raise his average to .375.

“It looked like Grimsley was running with his head down. He never sawHarvey,” Kansas City manager Tony Pena said.


Harvey entered the game second in the AL in batting. … 2B Mark Bellhorn, who hit a two-run homer Saturday night, was a last-minute scratch for the Red Sox because of flulike symptoms. … Damon’s three doubles were one shy of the major league mark for one game. The record is shared by many, including Damon. … The Red Sox will meet with SS Nomar Garciaparra on Monday before deciding whether to bring him back Tuesday. He’s been rehabbing from right Achilles’ tendinitis. … The Red Sox lead the AL with 131 doubles. … KansasCity is 5-10 against the AL East.

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