Verdugo hit three hits as Boston hit a four-game streak with a win each. Josh Winckowski (5-5) allowed a run on five strokes over five rounds for the Red Sox.
Zack Greinke (3-7) allowed four runs on seven strokes in 4 2/3 innings for Kansas City.
“Feels good. From top to bottom, there are a lot of really good hitters,” said Verdogo. “We know Greinke. We know it kind of relies on over-aggression and widening the strike area. I think we did a really good job of making him come to us and then hit errors”.
The Red Sox took the plate in the second when former Royal Eric Hosmer pulled a double down the right streak, and Verdugo scored.
Boston added two more innings in the fourth round. JD Martinez hit double from the left center wall, driving in Bogaerts and Verdugo.
“Grinke is a master of throwing pitches across the area and getting people out,” said Boston team manager Alex Cora. “He’s been really good his whole career. We had to grind the bat.”
Threatened members of the royal family in their fourth half. They loaded the bases with one, but Kyle Ispel returned to Winkowski, who tossed the board for the Force outside, hitting Nikki Lopez.
“Those drills are from day three of spring training, that’s why you do them,” Winkowski said. “When you (against) bases loaded with one from the outside, you either think of a kick or a penalty. I just happened to come back to me. Then I had to make another bid after that.”
The Bogaerts led in the fourth Red Sox with a duet single, Chasing Greinke.
“(Bogart) is really good at going the other way,” Cora said. “Today he did it a few times, and I started with the first hit. Today was one of those nights when you feel like something good is going to happen.”
Salvador Perez scored 454 feet left in fifth.
Boston got that backhanded when Rhys McGuire drove into Hosmer, who got it wrong, with a single.
Garen led the home rotation with two goals in eighth. The Royals had a three-eighth place win on the Nate Eaton fly and a double double by MJ Melendez.
All nine position players in the Royals’ starting line-up, plus main pitcher Zach Greinke, were originally signed or drafted by Kansas City. According to Elias, this is only the third game in franchise history – and the second this season – that members of the royal family have done this. They did it last Friday night at Yankee Stadium and on September 19, 1990 in Minnesota.
Boston: RHP Michael Wacha is nearing his return to the Red Sox. Made 4 2/3 no-strokes Thursday night for Triple A Worcester. He and diluted Chase Shugart met for the first time in WooSox history. Cora said Wacha felt good today and will likely start again before returning to the parent club.
Kansas City: SS Bobby Witt Jr. was not in the lineup on Friday. Manager Mike Matheny said his mileage in Thursday’s game prompted him to give his rookie a break. Witt was available as an alternative.
The Red Sox and the Royals will continue their four-game series on Saturday night. RHP Nathan Eovaldi (5-3, 4.11 ERA) will start in Boston. LHP Daniel Lynch (4-7, 4.70 ERA) will start for the Royal Family.