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Lester pitches Red Sox to sweep of Royals

Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jon Lester continued his recent dominance on the hill and the Boston Red Sox kept inching back toward respectability by completing a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals with Sunday's 6-0 victory at Fenway Park.

Lester (10-7) scattered four hits and two walks while striking out eight over as many innings to pick up another win.

The left-hander has allowed just one earned run over his last 31 innings and has limited opponents to two earned runs or less in each of his last seven outings, during which time he has lowered his ERA from 3.52 to 2.50

Daniel Nava drove in three runs and David Ross added a two-run homer for the Red Sox, who have won seven of their last eight games.

The Royals, meanwhile, have dropped six of seven and are mired in a 9-17 slump since holding a 1 1/2-game lead in the Central Division. They have fallen below .500 at 48-49 and sit seven games behind the front-running Tigers.

07/20 16:48:49 ET