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Red Sox Closer to Playoffs After Win Over K-C
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- David Ortiz homered and drove in three runs, and Clay Buchholz took a shutout into the seventh inning to help the Boston Red Sox move closer to the postseason with a 10-3 win over the Kansas City Royals Thursday night.

Jacoby Ellsbury had four hits and two RBIs, Victor Martinez extended his hitting streak to 23 games and Dustin Pedroia pushed his to 16 games, lowering Boston's magic number for clinching the AL wild card to three.

The Red Sox had 15 hits and have won 12 of 15 with a weekend road series against the AL East-leading Yankees up next.

Royals starter Anthony Lerew (0-1) had a solid return to the majors and Billy Butler hit a two-run homer for Kansas City.

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