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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chris Getz didn't have to wait long to redeem himself.
Twenty-four hours after he botched a bouncer in the ninth inning that led to an unearned run in a loss, he drove in the go-ahead run with two outs in the eighth inning and the Royals beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 Saturday night, snapping a season-high six game losing streak.
Getz's grounder was deflected by pitcher Jeff Samardzija (5-4) to Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, but his throw to first was late and Jeff Francoeur, who had walked, scored. Samardzija walked two and hit a batter and retired only one of the five batters he faced.
"Last night was kind of brutal with the small debacle in the eighth," Getz said. "Well not small, it was huge. That's the great thing about baseball; you come back the next day. I don't have to wait a week. Show up the next day and you can do something to help the team. It just so happens I came up a situation I don't want to say to make up for it, but certainly gives yourself a chance to win the game."
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Samardzija, an All-American wide receiver at Notre Dame, tried to barehand Getz's hopper.
"I thought his hands were better," Getz said and laughed.
Samardzija wished he hadn't touched the ball.
"I just couldn't stop myself," he said. "I saw it coming and I thought I had a chance at it. In hindsight, if you have a great athlete like Castro back there at short, you got to take the odds that Castro is going to make that play. If I don't hit it, he makes that play."
While Getz has only seven extra-base hits and a .261 average, he is hitting .367 with runners in scoring position.
"Getz is really, really good in those situations, hitting better than .360 with runners in scoring position and finds a way to get them in," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "I've got a lot of trust in that situation in Getz. I knew we needed to get a run right there and get Soria in the game. I had all the confidence in the world that Chris would find a way to put the ball in play and make something good happen."
The Royals jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the fifth when Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler stroked run-scoring singles. The Royals had a chance to add on with the bases loaded and one out, but Mitch Maier and Mike Moustakas had infield popouts to end the inning.
Duffy, a rookie left-hander making his ninth career start, worked a career-high seven innings, allowing two runs on nine hits, while striking out two, walking one and hitting a batter. Duffy struck out nine in 3 2/3 innings in his previous start at St. Louis before exiting with a cramp in his left leg.
"That was Duffy's best game," Yost said. "He was very efficient with his pitches. He spotted his fastball well, had great stuff. When they got the back-to-back homers that was the only little dent they put in him. He did a great job all the way around. He was throwing more strikes, getting quicker outs, he was throwing his breaking ball for strikes and actually had a pretty good changeup."
Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano, who was facing the Royals for the first time in his career, gave up two runs on eight hits in seven innings, while walking three and striking out two.
The Cubs, who had four runners thrown out on the base paths Friday, had Reed Johnson cut down at the plate in the third, when he attempted to score from second on Jeff Baker's single to left. It was Alex Gordon's 12th assist, which leads all big league outfielders.
Gordon also singled to extend his hitting streak to 12 games, matching the second longest streak of his career.
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|Reed Johnson, CF||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.356|
|Starlin Castro, SS||3||0||1||0||1||0||2||.327|
|Jeff Baker, DH||3||0||1||0||0||1||3||.319|
|a- Kosuke Fukudome, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.287|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||4||1||2||1||0||0||2||.286|
|Geovany Soto, C||4||1||1||1||0||0||2||.212|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.271|
|Carlos Pena, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.221|
|Luis Montanez, RF||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.238|
|b- Blake DeWitt, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.266|
|DJ LeMahieu, 2B||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.273|
|a-flied out for Baker in the 8th|
|b-struck out for Montanez in the 9th|
|HR - Aramis Ramirez (6, Duffy), Geovany Soto (6, Duffy)|
|RBI - Aramis Ramirez (34), Geovany Soto (16)|
|SB - Reed Johnson (1, 2nd base off Duffy/Treanor)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - LeMahieu-Pena, Castro-Pena|
|PB - Geovany Soto (2)|
|Jeff Samardzija (L,5-4)||0.1||1||1||1||2||1||0||4.25|
|HBP - Escobar (by Jeff Samardzija)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Zambrano 111-69, John Grabow 1-1, Jeff Samardzija 30-15, James Russell 7-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Zambrano 10-7|
|Batters Faced - Carlos Zambrano 30, John Grabow 1, Jeff Samardzija 5, James Russell 1|
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|Jarrod Dyson, CF||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.185|
|a- Melky Cabrera, PH-CF||1||0||0||0||0||1||3||.275|
|Eric Hosmer, 1B||3||0||1||1||1||0||2||.262|
|Billy Butler, DH||4||0||1||1||0||0||3||.304|
|Alex Gordon, LF||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.290|
|Mitch Maier, RF||3||0||1||0||0||0||3||.317|
|b- Jeff Francoeur, PH-RF||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.257|
|Mike Moustakas, 3B||3||0||1||0||1||0||4||.255|
|Matt Treanor, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.210|
|c- Wilson Betemit, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.286|
|Brayan Pena, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.243|
|Chris Getz, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||.261|
|Alcides Escobar, SS||3||1||2||0||0||0||0||.251|
|a-struck out for Dyson in the 8th|
|b-walked for Maier in the 8th|
|c-struck out for Treanor in the 8th|
|3B - Alcides Escobar (2, Zambrano)|
|RBI - Eric Hosmer (24), Billy Butler (33), Chris Getz (17)|
|2-OUT RBI - Chris Getz (8)|
|SB - Jeff Francoeur (11, 2nd base off Samardzija/Soto)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Outfield Assists - Alex Gordon 1|
|DP - Getz-Escobar-Hosmer, Getz-Escobar-Hosmer|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Greg Holland (W,2-1)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.08|
|Joakim Soria (S,12)||1||0||0||0||0||3||0||4.36|
|HBP - Montanez (by Danny Duffy)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Danny Duffy 91-56, Greg Holland 12-8, Joakim Soria 18-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Danny Duffy 10-6|
|Batters Faced - Danny Duffy 29, Greg Holland 3, Joakim Soria 3|
|Attendance - 38744|
|Game Time - 2:44|
|Temperature - 84|
|Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Mark Ripperger, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg|