Royals shut down Red Sox behind Chen’s gem

Kansas City Royals pitcher Bruce Chen, left, is congratulated  by first baseman Eric Hosmer, right, as he leaves in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
Kansas City Royals pitcher Bruce Chen, left, is congratulated by first baseman Eric Hosmer, right, as he leaves in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Bruce Chen outdueled Jon Lester as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Boston Red 5-1 on Thursday night.

The Royals won for the 16th time in 20 games since the All-Star break. The Red Sox, who have the best record in the American League, lost for only the third time in 10 games.

Chen (5-0), who was making his fifth start since beginning the season in the bullpen, did not allow a runner past first base until the eighth and retired 11 in a row in one stretch. He yielded five singles, walked one and struck out two.

Lester (10-7), who came into the game with a 6-2 record and 1.64 ERA in nine starts against the Royals, needed 41 pitches in the first inning when Kansas City sent eight men to the plate and scored three runs.

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