Duffy, bullpen hold Rockies to 2 hits; Royals win 3-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Danny Duffy was not pleased with his bullpen warmup. Once the game started he had no-hit stuff.

Duffy and four relievers combined on a two-hitter, helping the Kansas City Royals hold off the Colorado Rockies 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Duffy took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and retired the first two batters before walking DJ LeMahieu and allowing a homer to Nolan Arenado. The Rockies star third baseman squared up a 1-1 pitch and hit it out for his 28th home run.

''Sometimes when the bullpen is bad, it translates into a really good game,'' Duffy said. ''I wasn't really getting extension very well in the bullpen. I took it right out to the game and sure enough it was pretty solid.''

Duffy (8-8), who was 0-2 with a 6.35 ERA in his first three starts in August, was removed after six innings and 88 pitches. He walked three and struck out seven. Duffy walked Arenado in the first and Trevor Story in the fifth for the only other baserunners he permitted.

''His changeup was actually really good,'' Arenado said of Duffy. ''He got ahead with his off-speed and threw that fastball in once in a while. He just threw everything for a strike and it looked like he bounced it when he wanted to. He was really good today.''

Duffy knew he had a no-hitter in place after five innings.

''I knew there was a zero on the board, but I'm not worried about that,'' Duffy said of throwing a no-hitter. ''As long as we come out with a win, I'm good. I think my pitch count might have been too high to keep that thing carrying on, but you never know what could have happened.''

Mike Minor replaced Duffy and retired all five batters he faced, striking out three. Peter Moylan got LeMahieu on a grounder to Whit Merrifield to end the eighth.

Kelvin Herrera gave up a triple to Jonathan Lucroy with two outs and walked Carlos Gonzalez and Gerardo Parra. Herrera left with right forearm tightness and a 2-0 count on Pat Valaika. Left-hander Scott Alexander replaced Herrera and retired Valaika on a grounder to shortstop Alcides Escobar. Alexander picked up his first career save on two pitches.

''I didn't want to shy away from the opportunity of the situation,'' Alexander said. ''I just wanted to be aggressive and attack the zone.''

Royals manager Ned Yost said they don't know the extent of Herrera's injury until he is checked out further.

''We had a chance at the end, even though we didn't get a lot going on all night, obviously with only a couple of hits and a few walks,'' Rockies manager Buddy Black said. ''But, we had the go-ahead run at second base there in the ninth. Our guys fought back hard to get in it against a great closer. We just didn't get the knock at the end.''

Salvador Perez, who had not played since Aug. 4 because of a strain on the right side of his chest, had two hits, including an RBI double in the Royals' two-run fourth inning.

Jon Gray (5-3) gave up three runs, two earned, and six hits over 6 2/3 innings, striking out six and walking one. He dropped to 4-12 in 27 career road starts.

WATCHING THE ECLIPSE

Yost was among the millions watching the eclipse on the Royals' day off. ''I'm sure I was a sight to see,'' Yost said. ''I was in my parking lot with my tailgate down just laying in the back of my truck watching it. It was pretty cool. I enjoyed it.''

ROCKIES RECALL TWO

The Rockies recalled OF Raimel Tapia and C Tony Wolters from Triple-A Albuquerque. Tapia hit .287 in 48 games in four previous stints with Colorado. Wolters had a .248 batting average in 67 games with the Rockies before being optioned on Aug. 1 to the Isotopes. OF Mike Tauchman, who hit .182 in 10 games, was optioned to Albuquerque.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: Parra was a late scratch with a contusion of his right thigh after being hit by a pitch Sunday, but walked as a pinch hitter in the ninth. Tapia replaced him. ... C Ryan Hanigan went on the disabled list with a left groin strain. He hit .250 in 29 starts as catcher.

Royals: The Royals went 6-9 while Perez was out. C Cam Gallagher was optioned to Triple-A Omaha. ... The Royals transferred RHP Miguel Almonte (rotator cuff strain) to the 60-day disabled list.

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela will make his first start since Aug. 9. His 10 wins are tied for second among big league rookies.

Royals: RHP Ian Kennedy will try to break a franchise-record 15-game home winless drought. He has not won at Kauffman Stadium since Aug. 20, 2016.

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  • W: D. Duffy (8-8)L: J. Gray (5-3)S: S. Alexander (1)
  • HR: COL - N. Arenado (28)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF40000020.333.396.6151.011-1.0
D. LeMahieu 2B31000110.310.375.390.7651.5
N. Arenado 3B31121100.312.367.596.9648.0
M. Reynolds 1B40000011.277.364.508.872-0.5
J. Lucroy C40100011.252.322.356.6772.5
C. Gonzalez RF30000110.243.312.363.6750.5
T. Story SS20000120.223.303.420.7230.0
a- G. Parra PH00000100.343.375.520.8951.0
A. Amarista PR00000000.236.266.358.6240.0
P. Valaika DH40000024.262.288.530.819-1.0
R. Tapia LF30000000.280.333.424.7570.0
  • a-walked for Story in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B41100002.282.319.458.7774.0
L. Cain CF40000021.292.356.438.794-1.0
M. Cabrera RF41100011.294.335.446.7813.5
E. Hosmer 1B31110100.315.379.495.8744.0
S. Perez C30210010.281.310.514.8243.5
M. Moustakas 3B30000003.282.318.562.8800.0
B. Moss DH30000011.201.283.420.703-0.5
A. Escobar SS30000000.238.261.321.5820.0
A. Gordon LF30100010.199.286.287.5730.5
    BATTING
    • 3B - J. Lucroy
    • HR - N. Arenado (28)
    • RBI - N. Arenado 2 (107)
    • 2-Out RBI - N. Arenado 2 (40)
    BATTING
    • 2B - S. Perez (21)
    • 3B - M. Cabrera (2)
    • RBI - E. Hosmer (69), S. Perez (66)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - W. Merrifield (23)
    • Picked Off - A. Gordon
    FIELDING
    • E - M. Reynolds (5)
    • PB - J. Lucroy (5)
    FIELDING
    • E - A. Escobar (13)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Gray (L, 5-3)6.26321604.541.4410.0
    P. Neshek0.20000001.470.900.0
    M. Dunn0.20000004.461.420.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Gray (L, 5-3)6.2
    P. Neshek0.2
    M. Dunn0.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Duffy (W, 8-8)6.01223713.781.2525.5
    M. Minor (H, 12)1.20000302.771.014.5
    P. Moylan (H, 16)0.10000004.501.200.0
    K. Herrera (H, 1)0.21002003.971.30-3.0
    S. Alexander (S, 1)0.10000002.421.297.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Duffy (W, 8-8)6.0
    M. Minor (H, 12)1.2
    P. Moylan (H, 16)0.1
    K. Herrera (H, 1)0.2
    S. Alexander (S, 1)0.1
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 101-72, P. Neshek 12-10, M. Dunn 6-3
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 8-6, M. Dunn 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Gray 27, P. Neshek 2, M. Dunn 2
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 88-60, M. Minor 18-13, P. Moylan 3-2, K. Herrera 24-10, S. Alexander 2-2
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 6-6, M. Minor 1-1, P. Moylan 1-0, K. Herrera 2-0, S. Alexander 1-0
    • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 23, M. Minor 5, P. Moylan, K. Herrera 5, S. Alexander
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Blackmon CF40000020.333.396.6151.011-1.0
    D. LeMahieu 2B31000110.310.375.390.7651.5
    N. Arenado 3B31121100.312.367.596.9648.0
    M. Reynolds 1B40000011.277.364.508.872-0.5
    J. Lucroy C40100011.252.322.356.6772.5
    C. Gonzalez RF30000110.243.312.363.6750.5
    T. Story SS20000120.223.303.420.7230.0
    a- G. Parra PH00000100.343.375.520.8951.0
    A. Amarista PR00000000.236.266.358.6240.0
    P. Valaika DH40000024.262.288.530.819-1.0
    R. Tapia LF30000000.280.333.424.7570.0
    Total3022215106-----
    • a-walked for Story in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B41100002.282.319.458.7774.0
    L. Cain CF40000021.292.356.438.794-1.0
    M. Cabrera RF41100011.294.335.446.7813.5
    E. Hosmer 1B31110100.315.379.495.8744.0
    S. Perez C30210010.281.310.514.8243.5
    M. Moustakas 3B30000003.282.318.562.8800.0
    B. Moss DH30000011.201.283.420.703-0.5
    A. Escobar SS30000000.238.261.321.5820.0
    A. Gordon LF30100010.199.286.287.5730.5
    Total303620168-----
      BATTING
      • 3B - J. Lucroy
      • HR - N. Arenado (28)
      • RBI - N. Arenado 2 (107)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Arenado 2 (40)
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Perez (21)
      • 3B - M. Cabrera (2)
      • RBI - E. Hosmer (69), S. Perez (66)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - W. Merrifield (23)
      • Picked Off - A. Gordon
      FIELDING
      • E - M. Reynolds (5)
      • PB - J. Lucroy (5)
      FIELDING
      • E - A. Escobar (13)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Gray (L, 5-3)6.26321604.541.4410.0
      P. Neshek0.20000001.470.900.0
      M. Dunn0.20000004.461.420.0
      Total8.0632160---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Gray (L, 5-3)6.2
      P. Neshek0.2
      M. Dunn0.2
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Duffy (W, 8-8)6.01223713.781.2525.5
      M. Minor (H, 12)1.20000302.771.014.5
      P. Moylan (H, 16)0.10000004.501.200.0
      K. Herrera (H, 1)0.21002003.971.30-3.0
      S. Alexander (S, 1)0.10000002.421.297.0
      Total9.02225101---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Duffy (W, 8-8)6.0
      M. Minor (H, 12)1.2
      P. Moylan (H, 16)0.1
      K. Herrera (H, 1)0.2
      S. Alexander (S, 1)0.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Gray 101-72, P. Neshek 12-10, M. Dunn 6-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Gray 8-6, M. Dunn 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Gray 27, P. Neshek 2, M. Dunn 2
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 88-60, M. Minor 18-13, P. Moylan 3-2, K. Herrera 24-10, S. Alexander 2-2
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 6-6, M. Minor 1-1, P. Moylan 1-0, K. Herrera 2-0, S. Alexander 1-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 23, M. Minor 5, P. Moylan, K. Herrera 5, S. Alexander
      • 6TH INNING
        Arenado homered to center, LeMahieu scored23
      • 4TH INNING
        Perez doubled to right center, Hosmer scored03
        Hosmer reached on an infield single to shortstop, Cabrera scored02
      • 1ST INNING
        Merrifield scored on passed ball01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Kelvin Herrera relieved Peter Moylan
        • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Arenado grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Reynolds: Reynolds grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Lucroy tripled to right
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked
        • Gerardo Parra hit for Trevor Story
        • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Parra walked, Gonzalez to second
        • Alexi Amarista ran for Gerardo Parra
        • P. Valaika: Ball, Ball
        • Valaika reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Amarista out at second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • R. Tapia: Foul, Tapia grounded out to second
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Blackmon struck out looking
        • Peter Moylan relieved Mike Minor
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, LeMahieu grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • P. Neshek Pitching:
        • L. Cain: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Cain popped out to second
        • Mike Dunn relieved Pat Neshek
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cabrera flied out to center
        • E. Hosmer: Ball, Hosmer grounded out to second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Mike Minor relieved Danny Duffy
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • T. Story: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
        • P. Valaika: Valaika flied out to left
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • B. Moss: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Moss grounded out to first
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Escobar grounded out to second
        • A. Gordon: Gordon singled to shallow left
        • Pat Neshek relieved Jon Gray
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Merrifield lined out to right
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • R. Tapia: Strike swinging, Tapia lined out to second
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Blackmon struck out looking
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, LeMahieu walked
        • N. Arenado: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Arenado homered to center, LeMahieu scored
        • M. Reynolds: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Reynolds safe at first on shortstop Escobar fielding error
        • J. Lucroy: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lucroy struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Cain lined out to center
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Cabrera struck out looking
        • E. Hosmer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hosmer walked
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Perez singled to center, Hosmer to second
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Moustakas grounded out to first
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Foul, Lucroy flied out to left
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez grounded out to first
        • T. Story: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Story walked
        • P. Valaika: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Valaika struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • A. Escobar: Escobar flied out to left
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Foul, Merrifield grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to third
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Arenado flied out to center
        • M. Reynolds: Foul, Reynolds popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • L. Cain: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera tripled to right
        • E. Hosmer: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Hosmer reached on an infield single to shortstop, Cabrera scored
        • S. Perez: Pickoff attempt, Perez doubled to right center, Hosmer scored
        • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Moustakas lined out to first
        • B. Moss: Foul, Moss flied out to right
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • P. Valaika: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Valaika struck out swinging
        • R. Tapia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Tapia grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • A. Escobar: Escobar grounded out to third
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Gordon safe at first on 1st baseman Reynolds fielding error
        • W. Merrifield: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Merrifield fouled out to first
        • L. Cain: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Gordon picked off at first, pitcher to first
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 2ND INNING
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Lucroy popped out to first
        • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Gonzalez popped out to catcher
        • T. Story: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • S. Perez: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Moustakas flied out to center
        • B. Moss: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Moss struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Blackmon grounded out to second
        • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
        • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Arenado walked
        • M. Reynolds: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Reynolds struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Gray Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Merrifield singled to right
        • L. Cain: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Merrifield stole second, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera grounded out to second, Merrifield to third
        • E. Hosmer: Ball, Merrifield scored on passed ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hosmer grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)