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Duffy fans 9 as Royals keep rolling, rout White Sox

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CHICAGO -- Danny Duffy couldn't help but think about his last start at U.S. Cellular Field.

The Kansas City Royals' left-hander matched a career high with nine strikeouts and scattered five hits over seven-plus shutout innings in a 9-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.

His previous outing in Chicago didn't go well at all. Duffy injured his elbow in the first inning on May 13, 2012. Soon after he had Tommy John surgery and missed about a year.

"I've been waiting to come back here for a long time," Duffy said. "It's just nice to come out and do my job in this city and in this setting."

The victory was the sixth straight for the Royals while the White Sox dropped their ninth in 10 games against Kansas City.

Royals manager Ned Yost said there was a lot to like about Duffy's complete effort.

"For four innings he was really efficient, he really kept his pitch count down," Yost said. "He had everything working: his fastball, his breaking ball, had a good changeup and had a really, really good defense behind him."

Mike Moustakas homered among his three hits as the Royals won their second straight in this weekend series.

The Royals scored five times in the fourth -- four with none out -- to chase Chicago starter Hector Noesi (2-5).

Noesi allowed five runs -- two earned -- and eight hits while walking one and striking out four.

"To be able to put five runs on the board was big," Yost said. "We've and a couple of big innings the last week or 10 days. Early in the year we get something going we get one or two out of it. Now that we're swinging the bats better we're getting four or five."

Duffy last struck out nine on June 19, 2011, at St. Louis. He's now 2-0 against Chicago.

Duffy departed in the eighth inning after a leadoff single by Adam Eaton.

White Sox designated hitter Paul Konerko spoiled the shutout with a homer off Michael Mariot to open the ninth.

Two runs scored in the five-run fourth when third baseman Leury Garcia bobbled Lorenzo Cain's grounder for an error.

Moustakas then singled to shallow center for another run.

Alcides Escobar's base hit extended his hitting streak to a career-high 12 games and loaded the bases for the second time in the inning.

The Royals' fourth run came on Nori Aoki's double-play grounder. Omar Infante lined a two-out single to left, driving in Moustakas for a 5-0 lead.

Noesi was chased in favor of right-hander reliever Javy Guerra with two outs in the fourth.

"Hector, he's been good for us and he's always given us a chance, but we have to help him out on occasion," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "If we're not helping him on defense, it's going to make a difference. That's a recipe to lose a game in a hurry."

Moustakas' homer in the eighth inning was his sixth of the season. He finished with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Eric Hosmer had an RBI double to left to start a three-run ninth. Butler's one-out homer to right made it 9-0.

Despite giving up an eighth inning single to Eaton, Duffy's shutout was preserved after Eaton was thrown out at home on a throw by Aoki in a play overturned following a review.

Notes

Escobar was in Saturday's lineup despite having cramps and leaving Friday's game after extending his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games with a ninth inning double.. Kansas City has scored first in each game of its current six-game winning streak.. Royals right-hander James Shields (7-3, 3.44 ERA) makes his 15th start of the season in Sunday's series finale against White Sox right-hander Andre Rienzo (4-3, 5.25 ERA), making his 11th start.. After going 63-99 in 2013, Ventura is pleased to have his team in contention this year, but he won't project beyond Saturday. "We're not going to look that far down the road," he said. "We're better off focusing on what we're doing today."

 
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Danny Duffy strikes out nine and scatters five hits over seven-plus shutout innings for Kansas City. (USATSI)
Danny Duffy strikes out nine and scatters five hits over seven-plus shutout innings for Kansas City. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Chicago

P. Konerko
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Kansas City

M. Moustakas
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF5010001 .259
Omar Infante, 2B5121011 .246
Eric Hosmer, 1B5121021 .264
Billy Butler, DH4222110 .261
Alex Gordon, LF5120012 .283
Salvador Perez, C5120011 .272
Lorenzo Cain, CF5101022 .308
Mike Moustakas, 3B4232000 .174
Alcides Escobar, SS4020001 .290
Danny Duffy, P0000000 .000
   Aaron Crow, P0000000 .000
   Michael Mariot, P0000000 .000
Totals42916718  
Batting
2B - Norichika Aoki (11, Webb), Eric Hosmer (21, Webb), Salvador Perez (16, Guerra), Alcides Escobar (19, Guerra)
HR - Billy Butler (2, Webb), Mike Moustakas (6, Downs)
RBI - Omar Infante (26), Eric Hosmer (32), Billy Butler 2 (28), Lorenzo Cain (27), Mike Moustakas 2 (24)
2-OUT RBI - Omar Infante (8), Mike Moustakas (8)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Norichika Aoki 1
E - Mike Moustakas (5, Misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Danny Duffy (W,4-5) 7500190 2.83
Aaron Crow 1100110 2.97
Michael Mariot 1111011 6.75
WP - Aaron Crow (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Danny Duffy 98-65, Aaron Crow 16-10, Michael Mariot 7-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Danny Duffy 7-6, Michael Mariot 1-1
Batters Faced - Danny Duffy 28, Aaron Crow 4, Michael Mariot 4
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Adam Eaton, CF4010010 .259
Gordon Beckham, 2B3000120 .286
Jose Abreu, 1B3000122 .260
Dayan Viciedo, LF4010002 .249
Alexei Ramirez, SS4010012 .309
Paul Konerko, DH4131011 .212
Moises Sierra, RF4010000 .187
Tyler Flowers, C4000034 .250
Leury Garcia, 3B4000012 .232
Hector Noesi, P0000000 .000
   Javy Guerra, P0000000 .000
   Scott Downs, P0000000 .000
   Daniel Webb, P0000000 .000
Totals34171211  
Batting
2B - Moises Sierra (2, Duffy)
HR - Paul Konerko (4, Mariot)
RBI - Paul Konerko (15)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Moises Sierra 1
DP - A. Ramirez-Beckham-Abreu
E - Leury Garcia (3, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago (A.L.) White Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hector Noesi (L,2-5) 3.2852140 5.37
Javy Guerra 2.1200000 2.53
Scott Downs 2111031 5.56
Daniel Webb 1533011 3.00
Pitches-Strikes - Hector Noesi 85-55, Javy Guerra 29-23, Scott Downs 29-20, Daniel Webb 26-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hector Noesi 3-4, Javy Guerra 3-4, Scott Downs 2-1
Batters Faced - Hector Noesi 20, Javy Guerra 9, Scott Downs 7, Daniel Webb 7
Game Information
Attendance - 24527
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Chris Conroy, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Jordan Baker, Third Base - Gabe Morales