Perez plays ball off Choo's nose to help Duffy, KC top Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Danny Duffy didn't need much help Thursday night. Still, he and catcher Salvador Perez got a nifty assist from Shin-Soo Choo's face.

Duffy took a shutout into the eighth inning after Perez threw out a baserunner on a ball that hit Choo in the nose, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Texas Rangers 8-2 for their season-best third straight victory.

Perez had four RBIs on a pair of two-run singles with two outs, first in the fifth and then the seventh innings. But the catcher's caught stealing in the first inning was more memorable.

Duffy's pitch in the dirt bounced off Perez and then hit Choo in the face, sending the left-handed hitter staggering out of the box. Perez scrambled to get the ball from in front of home plate, then threw out Delino DeShields trying to take second on the play.

''I saw the ball like right in front of me,'' Perez said. ''I said, `Bro, I think you're bleeding.'''

Choo remained in the game and drew a walk in the plate appearance.

Duffy (2-6) allowed a run and four hits, struck out five and walked two in 7 2/3 innings in his longest outing of the season. The veteran left-hander entered the game with a 6.88 ERA this season and had allowed at least five earned runs in five of his previous 10 starts.

''It was nice to do something beneficial to the team,'' said Duffy, who said his slider might have been his best of the season.

''He needed it,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''He was on the attack. He was throwing the ball in good spots and was ahead in the count.''

Last season against Texas, Duffy allowed only one run in 15 2/3 innings. Both of Duffy's 2017 appearances vs. Texas were 1-0 Rangers wins. He got one loss and one no-decision.

''I've been throwing baseballs professionally for almost 11 years now. You notice trends that you have success against people,'' Duffy said.

After DeShields led off Texas' first inning with a single to right field, Duffy didn't allow another hit until Choo singled in the seventh. Rougned Odor broke up the shutout bid with a two-out single in the eighth, ending Duffy's night.

Texas' offense struggled a night after matching a season high for runs in a 12-10 win over the New York Yankees.

''(Duffy) had a good start tonight,'' Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. ''There's not a whole lot other that you can say.''

Rangers right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx (0-1) gave up six runs, four earned, on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. He made his season debut for Texas after his contract was purchased from Triple-A Round Rock earlier in the day.

Ramon Torres had two hits and three runs in his first appearance of the season. He was a late lineup replacement for Alex Gordon, who had a sore hip and a stiff neck.

The Royals scored two unearned runs in the second inning after having no one on with two outs. Torres, who was recalled from Triple-A Omaha last Saturday, followed Ryan Goins' single to center that rolled past DeShields' glove. Goins and Torres both scored on the three-base error.

Bibens-Dirkx filled the rotation spot left vacant when left-hander Matt Moore went on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with a sore right knee.

THE OLDEST GETS OLDER

Rangers right-hander Bartolo Colon, the major leagues' oldest active player, turned 45 on Thursday. His teammates honored him with a cake before the game, and his face ended up in the cake during the celebration.

Royals closer Kelvin Herrera, from the Dominican Republic like Colon, said he had pictures of Colon on his bedroom walls when he was a teenager.

''He was my idol,'' Herrera said.

SHORT HOPS

To make room for Bibens-Dirkx on Texas' 40-man roster, left-hander Brandon Mann was optioned to Round Rock. Mann appeared in three games, making his major league debut on May 13, after pitching 15 years in the minors and Japan.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: Gordon was injured making a diving catch during Wednesday's win at St. Louis.

UP NEXT

Royals LHP Eric Skoglund (1-4) has lost three straight. He allowed six earned runs in five innings Sunday in the New York Yankees' 10-1 win.

Rangers LHP Mike Minor (3-3), who spent last season as a Royals reliever, has also lost three straight. He gave up 14 earned runs in 15 1/3 innings in the three games.

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Jay LF41100002.292.348.339.6862.0
W. Merrifield CF41220110.286.358.418.7766.5
M. Moustakas DH40100024.282.332.503.8342.0
S. Perez C40240000.254.297.508.8057.0
J. Soler RF50000036.280.379.453.832-1.5
H. Dozier 1B50000022.172.250.207.457-1.0
A. Escobar SS41100000.241.293.322.6152.0
R. Goins 2B42200001.262.294.323.6174.0
R. Torres 3B33200100.667.750.6671.4176.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. DeShields CF31100110.228.312.317.6292.5
    S. Choo DH30100111.256.348.395.7431.5
    I. Kiner-Falefa 3B30110102.262.340.392.7323.0
    N. Mazara RF30000012.269.335.497.832-0.5
    R. Guzman 1B10000011.216.286.422.707-0.5
    R. Rua 1B-RF40000011.155.191.262.453-0.5
    J. Gallo LF31100010.199.277.462.7392.5
    R. Chirinos C30000011.186.269.372.641-0.5
    R. Odor 2B30110000.177.241.266.5072.0
    H. Alberto SS30000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Merrifield (13), M. Moustakas (11)
      • SH - J. Jay (4)
      • RBI - W. Merrifield 2 (19), S. Perez 4 (26)
      • 2-Out RBI - W. Merrifield 2 (8), S. Perez 2 (6)
      BATTING
      • 2B - I. Kiner-Falefa (7), J. Gallo (7)
      • RBI - I. Kiner-Falefa (16), R. Odor (11)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Odor
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - I. Kiner-Falefa (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Perez-Escobar; Goins-Escobar-Dozier)
      • PB - S. Perez
      FIELDING
      • E - D. DeShields (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Duffy (W, 2-6)7.24112506.141.6026.5
      T. Hill1.11101303.001.272.5
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Duffy (W, 2-6)7.2
      T. Hill1.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Bibens-Dirkx (L, 0-1)6.18641605.681.423.0
      M. Bush2.23221205.171.531.0
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Bibens-Dirkx (L, 0-1)6.1
      M. Bush2.2
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Duffy (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 113-76, T. Hill 33-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 6-9
      • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 26, T. Hill 6
      PITCHING
      • HBP - A. Bibens-Dirkx, M. Bush (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Bibens-Dirkx 109-68, M. Bush 43-28
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Bibens-Dirkx 8-5, M. Bush 4-2
      • Batters Faced - A. Bibens-Dirkx 29, M. Bush 13
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      J. Jay LF41100002.292.348.339.6862.0
      W. Merrifield CF41220110.286.358.418.7766.5
      M. Moustakas DH40100024.282.332.503.8342.0
      S. Perez C40240000.254.297.508.8057.0
      J. Soler RF50000036.280.379.453.832-1.5
      H. Dozier 1B50000022.172.250.207.457-1.0
      A. Escobar SS41100000.241.293.322.6152.0
      R. Goins 2B42200001.262.294.323.6174.0
      R. Torres 3B33200100.667.750.6671.4176.0
      Total37811602815-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        D. DeShields CF31100110.228.312.317.6292.5
        S. Choo DH30100111.256.348.395.7431.5
        I. Kiner-Falefa 3B30110102.262.340.392.7323.0
        N. Mazara RF30000012.269.335.497.832-0.5
        R. Guzman 1B10000011.216.286.422.707-0.5
        R. Rua 1B-RF40000011.155.191.262.453-0.5
        J. Gallo LF31100010.199.277.462.7392.5
        R. Chirinos C30000011.186.269.372.641-0.5
        R. Odor 2B30110000.177.241.266.5072.0
        H. Alberto SS30000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
        Total292520389-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - W. Merrifield (13), M. Moustakas (11)
          • SH - J. Jay (4)
          • RBI - W. Merrifield 2 (19), S. Perez 4 (26)
          • 2-Out RBI - W. Merrifield 2 (8), S. Perez 2 (6)
          BATTING
          • 2B - I. Kiner-Falefa (7), J. Gallo (7)
          • RBI - I. Kiner-Falefa (16), R. Odor (11)
          • 2-Out RBI - R. Odor
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - I. Kiner-Falefa (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Perez-Escobar; Goins-Escobar-Dozier)
          • PB - S. Perez
          FIELDING
          • E - D. DeShields (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Duffy (W, 2-6)7.24112506.141.6026.5
          T. Hill1.11101303.001.272.5
          Total9.0521380---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Duffy (W, 2-6)7.2
          T. Hill1.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Bibens-Dirkx (L, 0-1)6.18641605.681.423.0
          M. Bush2.23221205.171.531.0
          Total9.01186280---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Bibens-Dirkx (L, 0-1)6.1
          M. Bush2.2
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - D. Duffy (5)
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 113-76, T. Hill 33-18
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 6-9
          • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 26, T. Hill 6
          PITCHING
          • HBP - A. Bibens-Dirkx, M. Bush (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Bibens-Dirkx 109-68, M. Bush 43-28
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Bibens-Dirkx 8-5, M. Bush 4-2
          • Batters Faced - A. Bibens-Dirkx 29, M. Bush 13
          • 9TH INNING
            Kiner-Falefa doubled to deep right, DeShields scored82
          • 8TH INNING
            Odor singled to left, Gallo scored81
            Merrifield doubled to shallow left, Escobar and Torres scored80
          • 7TH INNING
            Perez singled to center, Jay and Merrifield scored, Moustakas to second60
          • 5TH INNING
            Perez singled to left center, Goins and Torres scored, Merrifield to third40
          • 2ND INNING
            Torres singled to center, Torres and Goins scored on center fielder DeShields fielding error20
          • 9TH INNING
            • Ronald Guzman at first
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Perez grounded out to third
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Soler fouled out to catcher
            • H. Dozier: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Hill Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, DeShields walked
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, DeShields to second on passed ball, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kiner-Falefa doubled to deep right, DeShields scored
            • R. Guzman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Guzman struck out on foul tip
            • R. Rua: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Rua struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • M. Bush Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar singled to shallow right
            • R. Goins: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Goins lined out to left
            • R. Torres: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Torres walked, Escobar to second
            • J. Jay: Ball, Jay grounded out to second, Escobar to third, Torres to second
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield doubled to shallow left, Escobar and Torres scored
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Moustakas grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • R. Rua: Ball, Strike swinging, Rua grounded out to third
            • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gallo doubled to deep right
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Chirinos lined out to left
            • R. Odor: Strike swinging, Gallo to third on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Odor singled to left, Gallo scored
            • Tim Hill relieved Danny Duffy
            • H. Alberto: Ball, Alberto flied out to shallow center
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
            • R. Torres: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Torres grounded out to third
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Jay singled to right
            • W. Merrifield: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Merrifield reached on an infield single to pitcher, Jay to second
            • Matt Bush relieved Austin Bibens-Dirkx
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Moustakas hit by pitch, Jay to third, Merrifield to second
            • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Perez singled to center, Jay and Merrifield scored, Moustakas to second
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Soler reached on fielder's choice to first, Moustakas to third, Perez out at second
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Foul, Choo singled to shallow right
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Kiner-Falefa grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Choo out at second
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Mazara lined out to left
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Dozier flied out to deep right
            • A. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Goins: Goins grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Odor grounded out to second
            • H. Alberto: Alberto flied out to center
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
            • R. Goins: Strike looking, Goins singled to left
            • R. Torres: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Torres singled to right, Goins to second
            • J. Jay: Jay hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Goins to third, Torres to second
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Merrifield walked
            • M. Moustakas: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Moustakas struck out looking
            • S. Perez: Perez singled to left center, Goins and Torres scored, Merrifield to third
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • R. Rua: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Rua flied out to right
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Foul, Foul, Gallo popped out to shortstop
            • R. Chirinos: Chirinos popped out to second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Soler struck out looking
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Dozier lined out to center
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Choo lined out to center
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kiner-Falefa walked
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kiner-Falefa caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield lined out to left
            • M. Moustakas: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
            • S. Perez: Perez grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • R. Odor: Odor fouled out to catcher
            • H. Alberto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Alberto struck out looking
            • D. DeShields: Foul, DeShields grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Strike swinging, Ball, Dozier flied out to deep right
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Escobar grounded out to third
            • R. Goins: Ball, Goins singled to center
            • R. Torres: Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Torres singled to center, Torres and Goins scored on center fielder DeShields fielding error
            • J. Jay: Jay grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • R. Rua: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Rua flied out to deep right
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Chirinos struck out looking
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Jay flied out to left
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Moustakas doubled to deep right
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Perez hit by pitch
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, DeShields singled to right
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, DeShields out at second, Ball, Ball, Choo walked
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Kiner-Falefa grounded out to first, Choo to second
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Mazara grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)