Royals at Boston Red Sox

A member of the Boston Red Sox grounds crew prepares the infield during the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park. The game was suspended in the 10th inning, tied 4-4.

The host Boston Red Sox and Kansas City Royals had the rubber match of their three-game series Wednesday night suspended, tied 4-4 in the top of the 10th inning due to unrelenting rain and lightning in the area.

The downpour picked up in the ninth, when both teams put the leadoff runner on but failed to score to force extra innings.

Three pitches into the 10th, the decision to pull the tarp onto the field was made, and after nearly two hours, the suspension was announced.

The contest will resume Thursday, Aug. 22 -- a mutual day off for both teams.

The Royals knotted the score at 4 in the seventh against Red Sox reliever Nathan Eovaldi. Hunter Dozier led off with a single and crossed the plate when a Nicky Lopez grounder up the middle bounced off the glove of second baseman Brock Holt and into center field for an RBI double.

Boston went ahead 4-2 in the fifth when Xander Bogaerts lined a two-run double into the left field corner with one out. Bogaerts moved to third on a J.D. Martinez single that chased Kansas City starter Glenn Sparkman, but Tim Hill came out of the bullpen and got the next two outs.

The Royals got within one on a Whit Merrifield RBI single with two outs in the sixth.

Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez loaded the bases in the first inning but escaped unscathed. He did the same with two outs in the third, but Meibrys Viloria cashed in on that occasion with a two-run single for a 2-0 Kansas City lead.

Boston quickly came back to tie on a two-run home run by Martinez off Sparkman five pitches into the fourth inning.

Sparkman surrendered four runs on seven hits and three walks in 4-1/3 innings, striking out five.

Rodriguez allowed two runs on seven hits with three walks and one strikeout in five innings.