Kris Medlen

Pedroia falls short of record, Red Sox beat Royals

Dustin Pedroia came to the plate in the eighth inning knowing he had some sort of special streak going.

He just wasn't exactly sure how historic it was.

Pedroia had four hits to extend his streak to 11 straight at-bats before bouncing into a double play with a chance to tie the major-league record, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 8-3 on Saturday night.

"I heard something," said Pedroia, the 2008 AL MVP. "I didn't know what it was. I was going to the bathroom and heard them say it on TV."

Pedroia's streak, which stretched over three games, ended in the eighth inning. The big league mark of hits in 12 straight official...