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Lester bests Bannister and Royals

Jon Lester fanned eight batters and tossed eight scoreless innings as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals 1-0 Friday night and evened the four-game series at Fenway Park.

Boston won the game as -260 favorites, but the team’s played well UNDER the night’s posted over/under (9).

Dustin Pedroia drove in the lone run to lift the Red Sox. Jonathan Papelbon sealed the victory with his 23rd save.

Brian Bannister surrendered just three hits, but gave up the lone run in the game and suffered the loss.