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Chen’s gem boosts Royals over Red Sox, 5-1

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Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Bruce Chen (left) is congratulated by first baseman Eric Hosmer during a Major League Baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday night in Kansas City, Mo.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bruce Chen outdueled Jon Lester as the Kansas City Royals  defeated the Boston Red Sox 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, 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 ...

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