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Betancourt had another fielding error in the eighth that scored a run and second baseman Alberto Callaspo had one in the ninth for another run that put Boston up 8-3. It was Kansas City's first five-error game since Sept. 6, 2002, against Seattle.
The outbursts and outtakes spoiled Lerew's return to the big leagues after a two-year absence.
Back from Tommy John surgery, the right-hander kept Boston's bashers offbalance most of the night with a mix of low-90s fastballs and off-speed pitches. Even the homer by Ortiz wasn't a mistake: Boston's slugger reached down for a 1-2 pitch near his ankles and yanked it out to right-center for his 26th homer. Ortiz added a two-run double in the ninth off Jamey Wright.
Lerew allowed two earned runs -- four total -- on seven hits in 4 2-3 innings.
NOTES: Red Sox 1B Kevin Youkilis and RF J.D. Drew were given the night off. ... With the 2-2 split, Kansas City failed in its bid to win five straight series for the first time since 1993.
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