Rapid Reaction: Red Sox 4, Royals 1

BOSTON -- Wade Miley shut down the American League's top team for the second time this season in the Boston Red Sox's 4-1 win over the Kansas City Royals in the opener of a four-game series at Fenway Park on Thursday.

The Red Sox lefty turned in his third quality start in his last four outings and, in the process, pushed his season record over .500 at 10-9 after beating the reigning American League champions.

After gviing up a leadoff hit to Alcides Escobar, Miley worked through the Royals' lineup with ease, facing only one hitter over the minimum through four innings. He retired the side in order in the second, fourth and sixth innings. The only hard-hit ball against Miley came on a fifth-inning Mike Moustakas home run, which barely snaked its way around Pesky's Pole.

Miley left the game with one out in the eighth inning after Royals left fielder Paulo Orlando led off and reached on a throwing error by Pablo Sandoval -- his 13th of the season. Miley surrendered six hits and no walks, striking out six and throwing 114 pitches (80 strikes).

After Alexi Ogando and Robbie Ross Jr. got out of the eighth without further damage, Junichi Tazawa picked up his second save (the third of his career) in as many nights, working a 1-2-3 ninth.

At the plate, the Red Sox (55-66) started quickly, loading the bases and scratching across a run in the first against Royals lefty Danny Duffy on a walk by Travis Shaw.

Shaw continued to swing a hot bat, going 2-for-3, a walk and an RBI. It marked the ninth game of Shaw's 11 starts at Fenway Park in which he reached base multiple times.

They then tacked on three runs in the third inning. Ryan Hanigan dumped a two-run single into left-center field before coming around to score on a Jackie Bradley Jr. triple down the right-field line.

Bradley's past nine hits have been for extra bases. He has collected an extra-base hit in six of his last eight games and is hitting .500 over the past week.