Yuniesky Betancourt was just looking for a good pitch to hit. Tim Wakefield gave him one.


Yuniesky Betancourt was just looking for a good pitch to hit. Tim Wakefield gave him one.

And Betancourt drove that pitch for a grand slam to cap a seven-run fourth inning in the Kansas City Royals' 12-5 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.

"I went up there looking for a knuckleball and it stayed up high and I put a good swing on it," Betancourt said through a translator. "I knew I had at least a double but I wasn't sure it would get over the wall."

David DeJesus had four of the 20 hits for the Royals, leading the American League in hitting (.278) entering Friday, off six Boston pitchers, including utilityman Bill Hall, who made his first big league appearance as a pitcher.

Kansas City had five straight singles to open the fourth, and with two out Betancourt lofted a knuckleball from Wakefield into the seats above the Green Monster in left for the second grand slam of his career as the Royals beat Boston for the second straight night.

The Royals pummeled Wakefield (1-3) for 12 hits and nine runs in just 3 2-3 innings.

"When I left the bullpen I thought I had really good stuff," Wakefield said. "I had good stuff in the first inning. I just wasn't' able to repeat that."

Mitch Maier had three hits for the Royals, including his first home run of the season.

Royals Manager Ned Yost said he thinks it's about time his team got some respect for being a good offensive club.

"Sooner or later, we will," he said. "To me, since I've been here, this club has put together good at-bat after good at-bat."

Royals starter Kyle Davies (4-3) worked five shaky innings for his fourth win.

"He found a way to get through five innings to his credit," Yost said.