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MLB: Kansas City 5, Boston 1

Aug. 8, 2013 at 11:04 PM   |   Comments

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Bruce Chen threw 7 2/3 shutout innings Thursday and Mike Moustakas keyed a three-run first inning to bring Kansas City a 5-1 triumph over Boston.

The Red Sox saw their lead over Tampa Bay trimmed to two games in the American League East.

Chen, in his 15th major league season, improved to 5-0 in five starts and 19 relief appearances this year. He allowed five hits, walked one and struck out two while throwing 108 pitches.

Kansas City benefited from a fielding error by Jonny Gomes in left during the opening inning, a miscue that allowed Lorenzo Cain to score the Royals' first run.

Moustakas delivered a two-out, two-run single later in the inning. Both Billy Butler and Justin Maxwell hit solo homers to supply Kansas City with some insurance in the eighth.

The only Boston run came in the ninth off Luke Hochevar.

Jon Lester (10-7) took the loss, allowing the three first-inning runs on four hits in a seven-inning effort. Only one of the runs was earned.

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