Paulo Orlando’s big night helps Royals beat Red Sox

Kansas City Royals right fielder Paulo Orlando (16) celebrates following his two-run home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Tuesday, May 17, 2016. Orlando drove in Kansas City Royals' Omar Infante (14) on the play. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Paulo Orlando hit a two-run homer, Eric Hosmer also went deep and the Kansas City Royals beat the hot-hitting Boston Red Sox 8-4 on Tuesday night in the opener of their three-game series.

Orlando also tripled and had a two-run single. Omar Infante and Alcides Escobar drove in runs as Kansas City continued to slowly break out of its season-long offensive funk.

Yordano Ventura (4-2), who has struggled with walks all season, issued one free pass in 5 2/3 innings for Kansas City. He allowed four runs and seven hits before exiting with a one-run lead.

Orlando’s homer highlighted a three-run eighth that gave the Royals some breathing room.

Rick Porcello (6-2) gave up five runs, four earned, on eight hits and two walks for Boston. He lasted five-plus innings, his shortest start since going two innings against the White Sox last July.

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