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Young, Royals roughed up in rubber game
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KANSAS CITY— Mookie Betts came within a single of hitting for the cycle, the Red Sox pounded out 16 hits and Wade Miley served up six scoreless innings in a 13-2 Father’s Day blowout of the Royals on Sunday afternoon.

Betts doubled, homered and tripled, giving him nine hits in the series in 14 at-bats.

“He’s a special player,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “He can beat out an infield base hit, he can put down a bunt for a base hit, drive the ball out of the ballpark. It’s a pretty special talent. You see the instincts on the field starting to flourish.”

Hanley Ramirez and David Ortiz added solo shots for the Red Sox, who took two of three from the Royals.

“You just chalk it up to one of those days,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “Not really much to talk about. I told [bench coach Don Wakamatsu] in the ninth that it could be worse. And he said, ‘How?’ And I said, ‘We could be getting beat 12-0 and it could be 100 degrees out.’”

Temperatures stayed in the 80s because of rain and a cloud cover.

Miley gave up five hits, walked three and struck out two in notching his seventh win.

“I thought Wade made some big pitches to get out of that fourth inning when it’s still a two-run game at the time,” Farrell said of when Kendrys Morales and Alex Gordon singled to open the fourth. “We go out and put up a five-spot, and then again came out and made some big pitches to keep momentum on our side.”

Chris Young came into the game with 13 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings, but was battered for seven runs in 4 2/3 innings, his worst outing as a Royal.