Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - With Bruce Chen's 7 2/3 shutout innings
leading the way, the Kansas City Royals continued their second-half surge with
a 5-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox in the opener of a four-game series from
Chen (5-0) permitted just five hits and a walk in another masterful
performance that enabled the Royals to record their 14th win in 16 games. The
journeyman lefty has surrendered a mere four runs over 31 2/3 innings in five
starts since rejoining the rotation in mid-July.
Mike Moustakas contributed a pair of hits, including a two-run single, while
Billy Butler and Justin Maxwell each clubbed solo homers for Kansas City, now
a scorching 16-4 since the All-Star break.
Jon Lester (10-7) overcame a rough beginning to last seven innings for Boston,
allowing three runs -- one earned -- on four hits and two walks.
Stephen Drew and Jacoby Ellsbury each had two hits in the loss, only the third
in 10 games for the AL East-leading Red Sox, with Drew driving in the club's
lone run with a ninth-inning single.
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