Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/9/13
Ready to believe yet? It’s not just that Bruce Chen not only turned in a magnificent performance Thursday when the Royals opened what amounts to a four-game weekend measurement against Boston with a 5-1 victory at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals also pinned a loss on a long-time nemesis in Red Sox lefty Jon Lester who had a 1.64 ERA and a no-hitter against them on his career resume. “In the past” designated hitter Billy Butler said “we haven’t fared too well off of him but we’ve been saying it here we’re a different team now.” It’s not as if Lester 10-7 pitched poorly either. He went into lockdown mode after a tainted three-run first inning which included just one earned run by yielding just four hits in his seven innings. Chen 5-0 was simply better. He nursed that three-run lead into the eighth inning before exiting with two on and two outs. Luke Hochevar got the final out before losing the shutout in the ninth. “They’re the best team in the American League record-wise” Chen said “and I wanted to go out there and give this team a chance to win. We started (this series) on the right foot. We won the first game. “Now we have our three best pitchers coming up — (Ervin) Santana (Jeremy) Guthrie and (James) Shields. I think we’ve put ourselves in a good position so we can keep winning ballgames.”
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