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Lester bangs door shut on KC
KC, Duckworth outdueled
Brandon Duckworth arm-wrestled with Boston's Jon Lester for four scoreless innings before allowing the sole run of the game to score in the bottom of the fifth. Mark Teahen rapped the only hit for the Royals.
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Red Sox 1, Royals 0
Jon Lester recorded his fifth win and remained perfect in his rookie season. (Elise Amendola/AP)
Series at a glance:
Lester allows just one hit
The Red Sox scored just one run on Tuesday night, on Alex Gonzalez's single in the fifth, but that's all they'd need after rookie Jon Lester stifled the Kansas City offense, allowing just one hit, a single in the second inning.
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 Gonzalez's RBI single
TODAY'S WRAPS: July 18, 2006
Kansas City (32-61)
Lost 2
Boston 1, Kansas City 0   BOS
Boston (56-36)
Won 2
July 18, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Kansas City
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 1 0
0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 X   1 6 0
Standings thru 7/18/06  |  Gameday  |  Royals Stats  |  Red Sox Stats
DeJesus, LF4000020.300
German, DH2000100.336
  a-Stairs, PH-DH1000000.266
Grudzielanek, 2B3000111.283
Brown, RF3000011.281
Graffanino, 1B1000200.271
Teahen, 3B3010002.270
Berroa, SS3000011.245
Gathright, CF3000001.206
Buck, C3000000.240

a-Grounded out for German in the 9th.

TB: Teahen.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gathright.
GIDP: Teahen.
Team LOB: 3.

SB: Teahen (4, 2nd base off Lester/Varitek).
CS: Grudzielanek (2, 2nd base by Lester/Varitek).
PO: Grudzielanek (1st base by Lester).

DP: (Berroa-Grudzielanek-Graffanino).

Youkilis, 1B4020001.289
Loretta, 2B3000011.298
Ortiz, DH3000120.277
Ramirez, LF4010012.306
Nixon, RF2010100.304
Lowell, 3B3000003.297
Varitek, C3110011.243
Crisp, CF3000011.270
Gonzalez, SS3011000.282

2B: Varitek (11, Duckworth), Ramirez (18, Duckworth).
TB: Youkilis 2; Ramirez 2; Nixon; Varitek 2; Gonzalez.
RBI: Gonzalez (30).
2-out RBI: Gonzalez.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Lowell.
S: Loretta.
GIDP: Ramirez.
Team LOB: 6.

DP: (Loretta-Gonzalez-Youkilis).
Pickoffs: Lester (Grudzielanek at 1st base).

Duckworth (L, 1-3)6.05111504.78
Sisco 1.00000107.32
Burgos 1.01001005.68
Lester (W, 5-0)8.01004402.38
Papelbon (S, 28)1.00000100.55

IBB: Nixon (by Duckworth), Ortiz (by Burgos).
Pitches-strikes: Duckworth 106-62, Sisco 8-7, Burgos 15-6, Lester 100-57, Papelbon 8-7.
Ground outs-fly outs: Duckworth 7-6, Sisco 1-1, Burgos 3-0, Lester 15-4, Papelbon 2-0.
Batters faced: Duckworth 24, Sisco 3, Burgos 4, Lester 27, Papelbon 3.
Umpires: HP: Dana DeMuth. 1B: Doug Eddings. 2B: Paul Schrieber. 3B: Jim Joyce.
Weather: 87 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 12 mph, Out to RF.
T: 2:23.
Att: 36,224.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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