KANSAS CITY -- Red Sox manager John Farrell is likely to think of right-hander Brandon Workman the next time Boston needs to defuse a big rally in the middle innings.
On Saturday, the Red Sox were in jeopardy of being bowled over by a big Royals' uprising for the second night in a row. But Workman bailed out Felix Doubront by entering the game in the fifth inning and preserving a 4-3 lead when it looked like Kansas City was poised to wipe out a four-run deficit.
The Royals had drawn within 4-2 and had runners at first and third with nobody out when Workman was summoned. Coming in with men on base was a new experience for the young right-hander.
"It's the first time I've ever done that," Workman said. "It's definitely a lot more of a high-pressure situation than being able to have my own inning. But it kind of made me a little more focused to execute my pitches a little better."
Workman wasn't perfect. He allowed an RBI single to Miguel Tejada and a double steal that put men at second and third with one out. But Workman roared back to get Mike Moustakas on a popup and Brett Hayes on a strikeout to protect the one-run lead.
"Given where we were in the game, he was the choice," Farrell said. "There was no hesitation there."
The reward for Workman was that he picked up a win. He's the first Red Sox rookie to win three straight appearances since Justin Masterson in 2008.
Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.