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Chi. White Sox (47-50)200000000261
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Royals 4, White Sox 2

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Danny Duffy sat in the Kanas City clubhouse before Tuesday night's game against the White Sox and listened to manager Ned Yost challenge his struggling ball club.

The gist of Yost's speech was that being 20 games under .500 was simply unacceptable. Small errors were leading to big innings, and the young Royals hadn't been able to atone for them. Yost needed someone to step up and put together the kind of performance that could give the entire team a significant lift.

Duffy took that talk to heart.

The 22-year-old left-hander went seven stellar innings in his return from Triple-A Omaha, keeping Kansas City in the game long enough for Matt Treanor to deliver a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth inning. The Royals went on to defeat Chicago 4-2 and end a frustrating three-game slide.

"I was really affected by what he said," said Duffy, who was sent to Omaha during the All-Star break to pitch on regular rest. "We're playing for more than just this team. We're playing for the fans."

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Melky Cabrera homered and Alcides Escobar drove in the other run for Kansas City, which came into the game batting .196 while scoring eight total runs during its skid. But with Duffy (2-4) out-pitching former Cy Young winner Jake Peavy (4-4), that meager offensive output proved to be just enough.

"He pitched a fantastic game right from the get-go. He was after it all night long," Yost said. "He did a great job of changing speed, utilizing his curveball effectively and did a nice job of keeping them off balance."

Duffy hit the first batter he faced, walked the second on four pitches and allowed both to score. But he settled down after that shaky start and mowed through a lineup that White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen stacked with right-handed hitters for the express purpose of facing the left-handed rookie.

Duffy needed 64 pitches to get through the first three innings -- and 30 total over the next four. He allowed five hits and two walks while striking out six, matching the longest start of his blossoming big league career.

""This kid threw strikes. He was good," Guillen said. "He threw the ball very well. He threw more strikes after the first inning and got more confidence. He's got a good arm."

Greg Holland pitched a perfect eighth inning for Kansas City, and Joakim Soria worked around a single in the ninth for his 10th consecutive save and 17th of the season.

Peavy wound up taking the loss in what was still an encouraging performance.

The two-time All-Star had allowed 14 earned runs in 16 1/3 innings over his last three starts, two of them losses and one against Kansas City. Peavy had said he's been slow to bounce back after surgery about a year ago to repair a torn muscle under his right shoulder, but his command seemed to return against a struggling Royals lineup that has failed to score more than four runs each of its last seven games.

"Everything was a little bit more crisp," Peavy said. "I didn't have great stuff, but I had plenty enough stuff to compete. There's a lot more positive out of this start than there has been the previous three."

Carlos Quentin and Alex Rios hit consecutive RBI singles in the first to stake Peavy to a 2-0 lead. His only blemish until the sixth inning came when Royals rookie Eric Hosmer singled in the second, Treanor hit a double and Escobar grounded out to drive home a run.

Peavy set the Royals down in order in the fourth and fifth before finally cracking.

Billy Butler singled with one out in the sixth and Jeff Francoeur doubled into the left-field corner to put runners on second and third. After a visit to the mound, Peavy intentionally walked Hosmer to load the bases for Treanor, who came through with a single up the middle to give Kansas City a 3-2 lead.

"It's never a compliment when they walk someone to get to you," Treanor said. "I just tried to stay centered mentally and see if I could get a pitch to hit, didn't try to do too much and put it over the second baseman's head."

Cabrera's two-out homer in the seventh gave the bullpen a bit of breathing room.

While the game turned into a defensive pitcher's duel, it was a far from flawless performance. Both teams committed an error and there were numerous baserunning blunders.

The most laughable came in the third inning, when Kansas City's Alex Gordon got caught between second base and third. He tried to retreat to second and nearly ran into Cabrera, who had been on first and was trying to advance. The White Sox finally tracked down Gordon for the rare 2-4-5-6 caught stealing.

"That play was a mess all the way around," Yost said.

Notes

The Royals sent LHP Everett Teaford to Omaha on Monday night to make room for Duffy. ... White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham made just his second error in his last 100 games in the third inning. He also singled in the ninth to extend his hitting streak to a career best 10 games. ... Royals 3B Mike Moustakas was 0 for 4, extending his hitless streak to 17 at-bats. ... The White Sox sent LHP Hector Santiago to Double-A Birmingham after the game. John Danks is expected to come off the DL to start Wednesday night's series finale.

 
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Players of the Game
Kansas City

M. Cabrera
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Kansas City

D. Duffy
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 2
K 6
 

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Chicago White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Pierre, LF3110001 .277
Alexei Ramirez, SS3110111 .274
Paul Konerko, 1B3000113 .314
Carlos Quentin, DH4011022 .260
Alex Rios, CF4021000 .211
Brent Lillibridge, RF3000024 .250
   a- Mark Teahen, PH1000000 .217
Gordon Beckham, 2B4010002 .255
Tyler Flowers, C3000011 .000
   b- A.J. Pierzynski, PH1000001 .289
Brent Morel, 3B3000000 .240
Totals3226227  
a-grounded out for Lillibridge in the 9th
b-grounded into a double play for Flowers in the 9th
Batting
2B - Alex Rios (15, Duffy)
RBI - Carlos Quentin (56), Alex Rios (23)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Gordon Beckham (2, Throwing)
Chicago White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jake Peavy (L,4-4) 6733150 5.19
Chris Sale 1211001 3.46
Brian Bruney 1100020 2.30
IBB - Hosmer by Jake Peavy
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Peavy 96-70, Chris Sale 10-6, Brian Bruney 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Peavy 10-3, Chris Sale 2-0, Brian Bruney 1-0
Batters Faced - Jake Peavy 26, Chris Sale 4, Brian Bruney 4
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alex Gordon, LF4010010 .296
Melky Cabrera, CF4121000 .296
Billy Butler, DH4110023 .288
Jeff Francoeur, RF4110022 .264
Eric Hosmer, 1B3120100 .264
Matt Treanor, C4022011 .225
Mike Moustakas, 3B4000003 .198
Alcides Escobar, SS3001002 .254
Chris Getz, 2B3010011 .250
Totals33410417  
Batting
2B - Jeff Francoeur (22, Peavy), Matt Treanor (6, Peavy)
HR - Melky Cabrera (12, Sale)
RBI - Melky Cabrera (54), Matt Treanor 2 (20), Alcides Escobar (30)
2-OUT RBI - Melky Cabrera (19)
SB - Eric Hosmer (4, 2nd base off Bruney/Flowers)
CS - Alex Gordon (6, 3rd base by Peavy/Flowers), Chris Getz (6, 2nd base by Sale/Flowers)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Moustakas-Getz-Hosmer, Moustakas-Getz-Hosmer
E - Alcides Escobar (12, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Danny Duffy (W,2-4) 7522260 4.58
Greg Holland (H,7) 1000010 1.00
Joakim Soria (S,17) 1100000 3.83
HBP - Pierre (by Danny Duffy)
Pitches-Strikes - Danny Duffy 94-68, Greg Holland 16-10, Joakim Soria 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Danny Duffy 8-7, Greg Holland 1-1, Joakim Soria 2-0
Batters Faced - Danny Duffy 29, Greg Holland 3, Joakim Soria 3
Game Information
Attendance - 20126
Game Time - 2:28
Temperature - 98
Umpires - Home - Dale Scott, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Mark Ripperger, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor