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 Kauffman Stadium.
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.