BOSTON -- What more is there to say at this point? Jon Lester is in the middle of the best season of his career, and he continued that run of success on Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox' lefty ace shut out the Royals, 6-0, to complete a three-game sweep and give the Red Sox wins in seven of their last eight games.
Using his two go-to pitches -- a four-seam fastball and a cut fastball -- as well as a slow, looping curve to further disrupt hitters' timing, Lester tossed eight innings on 115 pitches and struck out eight. It was his third consecutive start with at least seven punchouts, and it was the eighth time in his last nine starts that he got into at least the seventh inning.
While Lester's performance has been steady all year, he hasn't always had favorable run support -- evidenced by his 10-7 record despite a sub-3.00 ERA. That wasn't the case Sunday as he got one run in the bottom of the first and six by the time he took the mound in the top of the fifth.
Brock Holt started the scoring with a leadoff single off of Royals righty Yordano Ventura, who hit 100 mph on the radar gun in the first inning. Holt moved first-to-third on a Daniel Nava single and scored on a fielder's choice off the bat of Dustin Pedroia.
Nava drove home two with a ground-rule double in the third inning, and in the fourth David Ross hit a two-run homer over the Monster to give the Red Sox a 5-0 lead. Nava picked up his third RBI of the day when his sacrifice fly scored Jackie Bradley Jr.