The Red Sox didn't even hit one last season.
The Red Sox set a team record with 19 wins in April. He is 3-2 with a 3.34 ERA, a 0.866 WHIP, seven walks and 25 strikeouts over 32.1 innings of work this year.
Mitch Moreland added a solo home run and bases-loaded walk for the Red Sox, who scored at least 10 runs for the fifth time.
By the time Tuesday rolls around, the Red Sox could have a 5 to 7 game AL East lead. Roark (2-2) allowed two runs on six hits, struck out four and induced two double-play grounders for his first win since April 2 as the Nationals ended a disappointing April with their second straight victory.
Hector Velazquez (4-0), the first of three relievers, worked two scoreless innings of relief for the victory.
Boston has won its last two and four of its last six following Monday's victory over the Royals. Kansas City blew a 4-2 lead before scoring the winning run in the bottom of the eighth. Merrifield is 3-for-3 and Alex Gordon 3-for-6, but Alcides Escobar is 1-for-6 (.167) and Salvador Perez 1-for-7 (.143) off the left-hander.
And neither team can discount the Toronto Blue Jays, just five games out of first after beating the slumping Minnesota Twins last night 7-5 on the strength of home runs by Justin Smoak and Russell Martin.
Charlie Morton took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and fanned 10 hitters over 7 2/3 dominant innings as host Houston snapped New York's nine-game winning streak. Jose Alvarado replaced Chaz Roe and allowed a two-run single to Victor Martinez, then retired James McCann before walking John Hicks to load the bases again. Luke Farrell (1-0) worked 11/3 innings of flawless relief for his first career win, and Steve Cishek got two outs for his first save. Rick Porcello recorded a no-decision after allowing three runs on seven hits with no walks and six strikeouts.
Moustakas (forearm) is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Red Sox, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Sale only made one start against the Royals in 2017 (1-0, 3.24 ERA and 10 strikeouts across 8.1 innings).
Kelly, who was handed a six-game suspension for his role in a brawl with the Yankees earlier this month, had tickets for Green Monster seats but was spotted at three different spots around Fenway Park throughout Friday's 4-3 loss.
Rodriguez is 1-1 with a 4.98 ERA in four career starts against the Royals, whose current roster is hitting a combined.311 (14-for-45) against him.