Red Sox belt pair of 2-run HR in 6th to down Royals

Boston Red Sox pinch-hitter Jonny Gomes is congratulated by teammate Stephen Drew, left, after his two-run home run against the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Friday, July 18, 2014. At right is Royals catcher Salvador Perez. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston Red Sox pinch-hitter Jonny Gomes is congratulated by teammate Stephen Drew, left, after his two-run home run against the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Friday, July 18, 2014. At right is Royals catcher Salvador Perez. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON (AP) – Jonny Gomes hit a go-ahead two-run pinch homer in the sixth after another two-run shot in the inning by Xander Bogaerts and the Boston Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 5-4 on Friday night.

The Red Sox maintained their momentum after winning four of their last five games before the All-Star game. They entered the break in last place in the AL East but were coming off Clay Buchholz’s 11-0 complete-game win over Houston, their season high for runs.

Buchholz (5-5) allowed four runs in six innings against Kansas City. Koji Uehara allowed Omar Infante’s two-out double in the ninth but got his 19th save in 21 chances.

Scott Downs (0-3) gave up the homer to Gomes, the first batter he faced after replacing James Shields.

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