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The Royals continued their recent tear with a commanding 5-1 win over the Red Sox.
Kansas City jumped out to an early lead due to a sloppy 1st inning from Boston. Jon Lester threw a whopping 46 pitches and managed to escape with just three runs given up. The weak performance in the inning was aided by a horrendous display of outfield defense by the inimitable Jonny Gomes. On a routine flyball, Gomes retreated, paused, planted his foot, got caught, and then charged about 12 steps before missing the ball. A lot of people said a lot of bad things about Manny Ramirez's outfield play, but I've never seen anyone as bad as Gomes.
Lester settled down thereafter, eventually lasting seven innings (121 pitches) and only walking two and allowing four hits. Unfortunately, it all came at once.
Meanwhile future Hall of Famer Bruce Chen -- oh, I'm sorry, marginal journeyman Bruce Chen -- kept the Sox off the scoreboard, going into the 8th inning and spreading his six baserunners out throughout the game.
Rubby de la Rosa got roughed up in an inning of relief, giving up two deep home runs.
The Sox put some semblance of a comeback together, with Gomes doubling to center (albeit on a ball Lorenzo Cain probably should have caught) and then coming home to score on a Stephen Drew single. Nice work, Steve! Naturally, Mike Napoli immediately GIDP'd to end the game. Poor Mike.
Note to the Sox: The Royals are not the Astros. They've won 14 of their last 16, and if they hadn't gotten off to such a horrendous start to 2013, they could be a serious contender for a playoff spot. They're 4.5 games out of the Wild Card spot, with five teams in front of them. Jose Iglesias and the Detroit Tigers are running away with the Central, so they're going to have to leapfrog a few Wild Card teams if they want to get into the tournament.
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After crawling out of a bizarre series in Houston that saw us score 22 runs and give up 17 over three games against the worst team in baseball, I’m not ready to take anything for granted in Kansas City.
I know the Royals are “hot,” in that they’ve not lost a series since the All Star Break and have played at a 15-4 clip during that stretch and Amos Otis’ afro still has...
Jon Lester doesn't seem overly concerned about his last outing.
The Boston left-hander, though, should be worried about the Kansas City Royals -- even if he has been at his best against them.
Lester and the AL East-leading Red Sox continue their 10-game trip Thursday night against a Royals team going for a 14th win in 16 tries.
After yielding two total runs while winning his...
If only mulligans were part of baseball.
Just as one bad hole can ruin a golfer’s entire round, one bad inning can mean the difference between winning and losing for a starting pitcher. Just ask Jon Lester.
The Royals eventually locked up a 5-1 victory Thursday, as Boston’s bats couldn’t solve Bruce Chen, who tossed 7 2/3 shutout innings before handing the keys over to Luke...
Jonny Gomes isn’t the face of the franchise. He is, however, becoming the face of Boston’s late-inning drama.
The Red Sox came from behind yet again Wednesday, defeating the Astros, 7-5, after trailing, 5-2, with two outs in the seventh inning. And yet again, Gomes was at the heart of Boston’s dramatic rally.
Gomes, who walked and scored the Red Sox’ first run in the second...
Jon Lester turned in an all-around solid pitching performance Thursday night in Kansas City, allowing just one earned run in seven innings of work.
Lester bounced back nicely after getting rocked by Arizona last Friday, but the Boston batting order was silenced by Red Sox alum Bruce Chen, who pitched 7 2/3 scoreless frames in a 5-1 win for the Royals. Kansas City has been arguably...
Just when it looked like Jon Lester was back on track after two wins to close out July, he took a giant leap back against the Diamondbacks last Friday.
Lester allowed six runs on 11 hits against Arizona in four 1/3 innings of work. He didn’t factor in the decision, though, as Boston was able to come back despite being down late. Lester’s ERA is now up to 4.52, while his record...
Apparently Intentional Talk's ratings were down on the MLB Network so Kevin Millar and Chris Rose had to bring in someone to boost the ratings back up. Who better than Boston Red Sox OF Jonny Gomes to do just that and he definitely brought the funny with him.
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The Red Sox have set their rotation for the four-game series against the hot Kansas City Royals. Jon Lester will try to get back on track tonight, followed by Jake Peavy on Friday, (new ace) Felix Doubront on Saturday, and John Lackey on Sunday. Boston enters the series tied with the Atlanta (and formerly, Boston) Braves for the most wins in baseball (70).
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...
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...
The Red Sox don’t like having to come from behind in the ninth inning — or so they say.
Ninth-inning drama has become a common occurrence for this year’s Red Sox, and Boston once again rose to the occasion in the final frame in Wednesday’s game against Houston. Jonny Gomes homered in the seventh inning, and Stephen Drew then drilled a three-run homer in the ninth inning to...
(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)Your Boston Red Sox have won six of their last seven games coming from behind. Last night, their 27th comeback win of 2013 was a 7-5 win over the hapless Astros. The two big blows were a 2-run HR by Jonny Gomes in the seventh and a three-run HR by Stephen Drew in the top of the ninth. Not exactly a "walk-off", but it was their 18th win in...
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“This past week, we pretty much have three or four wins coming from behind,” Ortiz said. “That tells you this is a team, doesn’t matter what the situation is, we’re going to fight through it. We’re...
6:14 p.m.: David Ortiz is coming off back-to-back four-hit games, but he won’t be in Thursday’s starting lineup.
Ortiz will get the night off with lefty Bruce Chen on the mound. It’ll be Ortiz’s first day off since July 5, and Jonny Gomes will bat cleanup in his place. Gomes will man left field and Daniel Nava will play first base, while Mike Napoli will assume Ortiz’s...
Note: Pitching matchups are subject to change
Thursday, August 8 @ 8:10 PM
Jon Lester, LHP (10-6, 4.52) vs Bruce Chen, LHP (4-0, 2.03)
TV: NESN, MLB.tv
Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday Audio
Friday, August 9 @ 8:10 PM
Jake Peavy, RHP (9-4, 4.14) vs Ervin Santana, RHP (8-6, 2.97)
TV: NESN, MLB.tv
Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday Audio...