June 14: Royals (35-32) 9, White Sox (33-36) 1
Starter Danny Duffy hurled seven shutout innings and the Royals exploded for 16 hits to help Kansas City top the home-team Chicago White Sox 9-1. Mike Moustakas had a huge game – going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs in the win.
With Duffy dealing on the hill, the Royals put up a huge five-run inning to help their young lefty. Lorenzo Cain got the scoring started when he brought home Billy Butler and Alex Gordon on a force-attempt error by third baseman Leury Garcia. Moustakas then delivered his first RBI of the game when he singled home Salvador Perez with still nobody out in the frame. Already up 3-0 – and with the bases loaded – Nori Aoki brought a runner home on a double-play ball to short. Now with two away, Omar Infante delivered the inning’s fifth run on an RBI single to left.
In the next half inning, the White Sox had an opportunity to get on the board with two runners on and two away, but Tyler Flowers grounded out to end the frame and threat.
Duffy kept allowed a scattered a couple of hits here and there the rest of the way, but was never really in any danger as he finished his seven shutout frames strong. His offense rewarded him in the eighth when Moustakas belted his sixth homer of the season to right.
Already down big, the White Sox missed another opportunity to score in the eighth when they a runner thrown out at home with one out. Aoki gunned Adam Eaton out at home on a throw from right field.
The Royals then tacked on some insurance runs in the ninth when Eric Hosmer doubled home a run with one out in the inning. Butler followed that up with a two-run shot to right for just his second dinger of the year.
In the ninth, Chicago got its one and only run on the board when Paul Konerko was first-pitch swinging against reliever Michael Mariot. Konerko connected on his fourth homer of the year on a four-seamer from Mariot. Mariot then went on to retire the next three batters in order to close out the lopsided 9-1 win.
Duffy improved to 4-5 on the year after coughing up only five hits and one walk in seven innings. He struck out nine and lowered his ERA to 2.83. Meanwhile, White Sox starter Hector Noesi had a tough outing, giving up five runs – only two earned – in 3.2 innings. He struck out four and walked one in the loss.