Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/19/14
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Will Middlebrooks hit two home runs and drove in five runs, and Boston clubbed 16 hits, half of them for extra-bases, but it was Felix Doubront who gave the Red Sox what they needed most on Monday -- innings from the starting pitcher. Doubront went 6 1/3 innings, the longest outing of his career, to save an overworked Red Sox bullpen in an 11-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals. He yielded five runs, four earned, on seven hits and three walks to pick up the victory. Boston had lost 9-6 to Baltimore in a 17-inning game Sunday. "Felix was excellent," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. "He was exactly what we needed. Three of the hits off him were a bunt, an infield single and a broken-bat single. He was efficient. He was terrific." After Doubront (2-1) walked Alex Gordon with the bases loaded in the seventh to cut Boston's lead to 7-5, Vicente Padilla replaced Doubront and coaxed Billy Butler to ground into an inning-ending double play. Padilla held th...
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