Originally written on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 11/10/14
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. Box score
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