Boston Red Sox

Jun 6, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts (50) hits a two run home run during the third inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken/USA TODAY Sports

KANSAS CITY – The Red Sox bullpen was called upon early in Thursday’s series finale in Kansas City.

They were up to the task.

The Sox used six relievers en route to a 7-5 victory, earning a series sweep over the last-place Royals. In total, the Red Sox bullpen went 7 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on nine hits.

Starter Ryan Weber lasted just 1 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on five hits. Colten Brewer came on in relief and worked two scoreless frames to earn the win.

Marcus Walden recorded five outs and was charged with a run, while Ryan Brasier, Josh Taylor, Heath Hembree, and Matt Barnes handled the final four innings of the game.

Taylor and Barnes each allowed a run a piece, with Barnes picking up his fourth save of 2019.

The Red Sox put up four runs in the third inning, two coming on a Mookie Betts home run, his 10th of the season.

Rafael Devers would follow that up with a two-RBI single.

Boston plated three more runs in the seventh inning when Christian Vazquez tripled two men home, thanks to a misplay by Royals centerfielder Billy Hamilton. Vazquez came around to score on a wild pitch.

J.D. Martinez left the game with back spasms. He was replaced in the lineup by Sam Travis.

The Red Sox open up a big series with the Tampa Bay Rays Friday night at Fenway Park. Rick Porcello (4-5, 4.76 ERA) will oppose right-hander Yonny Chirinos (6-2, 3.25 ERA)