KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There's almost no explaining the incredible run Royals left-hander Bruce Chen is on. Chen was brilliant again Tuesday night, throwing seven shutout innings. And now his ERA is 0.93 through six starts since returning to the rotation.
Unfortunately, the Royals offense again let him down, coming up with zilch in a rather discouraging 1-0 loss in 10 innings to the lowly Marlins on Tuesday night.
To be fair, the Royals were facing young Marlins phenom Jose Fernandez, who gave up just three hits in seven innings. But Chen matched him inning for inning, hoping the Royals would get to the shaky Marlins' pen.
That never happened.
"Bruce was simply phenomenal," manager Ned Yost said.
The Royals, who usually have had one signature offensive moment each game during their 19-6 post All-Star break stretch, appeared primed to do damage in the seventh. Billy Butler walked against Marlins reliever Mike Dunn, but Alex Gordon fanned (not a good AB) and David Lough sent a weak ...