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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Bruce Chen had the Boston Red Sox popping up and out. Chen outdueled Jon Lester and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Boston Red Sox 5-1 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 retired 15 on fly-ball outs. "A phenomenal job," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He was ahead in the count most of the night. He commanded the ball down, commanded the ball up, changed speeds. Anytime you see a lot of popups, out-front swings, you know Bruce is on his game and he got an awful lot of them tonight." Chen, 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 gave up five singles, walked one and struck out two before leaving with two outs in the eighth inning. "Movement on the ball," Chen said of the high number of fly outs. "They see it and at the last moment, it cuts or sinks or theyre a little bit out in front. I think, also, the combination of different pitches, not repeating the same pitch or same pattern has to help. Brett (Hayes, the catcher) did a really good job of reading the hitters." Hayes, who was just called up from Triple-A Omaha, had not caught Chen since spring training. "Bruce was being Bruce," Hayes said. "He kept hitters off balance, throwing all of his pitches for strikes, making them chase and out in front. Hes just a veteran who knows how to pitch. Anybody who pitches like that is fun to catch, especially him." Red Sox manager John Farrell was impressed with Chen. "He varied his arm angle, varied his speed, stayed out of the middle of the strike zone, then he would elevate to give us a different look," Farrell said. Luke Hochevar got the final four outs for his second career save. 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. Jonny Gomes fielding error on Alex Gordons fly to left made two of the runs unearned. Lorenzo Cain, who opened the inning with a double, scored on Gomes misplay. Mike Moustakas two-out single to right with the bases loaded scored Billy Butler and Gordon to make it 3-0. "Moustakas had a huge hit to put us by three," Yost said. Rubby De La Rosa replaced Lester in the eighth and Butler hit his first pitch out to centre for his 10th home run. Justin Maxwell homered with two outs to make it 5-0. "Obviously it was a long first, a lot of pitches," Lester said. "I knew I had to somehow grind my way through it and get seven, save the bullpen. Thats something you have to learn to do, to find a way in those outings to go six or seven or maybe eight, and I was able to do that." Lester, who was roughed up for six runs and 11 hits in 4 1-3 innings by Arizona in his previous start, shut down the Royals after the first, allowing just two more singles in seven innings. "I thought he righted himself and did a tremendous job to go seven and give us an opportunity to win," Farrell said. Stephen Drew, who had two hits to extend his hitting streak to a season high nine games, singled home Gomes in the ninth for the only Red Sox run. "Bruce is the star of the game," Butler said. "He absolutely pitched his game. He held down a pretty good offence." NOTES: The Royals optioned LHP Danny Duffy to Triple-A Omaha and purchased the contract of LHP Francisley Bueno from their Pacific Coast League affiliate. ... Daniel Nava came off the paternity leave list and started at first base for the Red Sox, who optioned RHP Steven Wright to Triple-A Pawtucket. ... DH David Ortiz, who had started 95 games, was not in the Red Sox lineup. "Its not injury related," Farrell said. "Its just a day. Truth be told, wed expected more off days overall than he has been." ... Red Sox RHP Clay Buchholz, who went on the disabled list June 18 with a neck strain, is scheduled to throw 25-30 pitches off the mound Friday. PJ Tucker Jersey . -- Patrick Reed got an early start in golf. Steve Nash Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. http://www.basketballsunsauthority.com/ ... ersey-c-3/ . -- Former San Diego Chargers safety Paul Oliver was found dead at his Atlanta-area home Tuesday night, and a medical examiner said Wednesday that the ex-player committed suicide. Shaquille ONeal Jersey . LOUIS -- Theres no telling how these wacky World Series games will end. Jared Dudley Jersey . Badenhop was 2-3 with a 3.47 ERA in 63 relief appearances for Milwaukee this season. He is 18-20 in his career with three saves and a 3. NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Pekka Rinne is having a remarkable month for the Nashville Predators.P.K. Subban scored twice in the second period and Rinne made 24 saves, helping Nashville to a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night.Viktor Arvidsson also scored and Ryan Ellis added three assists for the Predators, winners of two of three.Just the way we played good defense and made good decisions with the puck led to good offense and ultimately staying out of our end keeping their chances down, Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. They are a very dangerous team, very fast, very skilled, and you really have to pay attention to what you are doing on the ice and I thought our guys were really detailed tonight.Rinne improved to 6-1-2 in November. He made 15 saves through two periods and stopped 9 of 10 in the third to earn victory.I was able to make a couple of big saves in the first and that obviously gives you good confidence, Rinne said. Ive been feeling really good as of late, just trying to keep it rolling, and try not to focus too much on how many shots Im going to get.Tyler Johnson scored and Ben Bishop made 27 saves for Tampa Bay, which got its only defeat in the final game of a five-game trip.We didnt have the puck enough, we didnt create enough offensive zone time, and when you are defending a lot, chances are you are going to get a lot of penalties called against you, Lightning forward Brian Boyle said. Its not a good recipe for success.Arvidsson scored the games first goal at 4:25 of the first.Ryan Johansen won a faceoff against Ondrej Palat in the circle to the left of Bishop. The puck came back to Ellis, who passed to Roman Josi on the right boards. Josi threw the puck toward the net and Arvidsson was able to deflect it past Bishop on the far side.ddddddddddddSubban doubled the Nashville lead at 9:55 of the second.With Nashville on a power play, Ellis had the puck atop the right circle and sent a pass to Subban above the high slot. Subbans one-timer beat Bishop between the pads.The three-point night matched a career high for Ellis.Subban scored his second of the night 2 1/2 minutes later. From the left boards, Filip Forsberg found Subban, again in the high slot. Subbans slap shot through traffic beat Bishop low to the stick side.The one thing about this team that has been different for me is theres always guys in front of the net battling, creating traffic, Subban said. As a guy who likes to shoot the puck and get it to the net, its good to know because when you get the puck, you dont even have to look. You know theres guys around the net or in front and we have success when we continue to do that.The Lightning scored with 49.7 seconds left in the third on Johnsons power-play goal with Bishop pulled for an extra attacker.Its tough to score when youre not generating too much, Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. We just looked like a tired group. Weve got to regroup because that was a winnable hockey game for us and we let it slip.Game notes Forsberg played his 200th NHL game. ... Subban has at least one point in his last five games played against Tampa Bay. ... The Lightning are 0-3-0 against Western Conference teams this season. ... Tampa Bay is 1-3-2 in its last six games against Nashville.UP NEXTLightning: Return home Wednesday night to face Philadelphia.Predators: Face Dallas at home Wednesday night. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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