Duffy, 2 relievers combine on four-hitter as Royals top A's

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Danny Duffy can blow away hitters with a mid-90s fastball.

He's learning that his softer stuff can be just as effective.

Duffy pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, and the Kansas City Royals snapped a six-game skid with a 2-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.

Duffy (3-6) struck out a season-high 10 and walked three.

Royals catcher Salvador Perez noticed early his team's ace had a devastating changeup, and he wasn't shy about calling it - even in fastball counts.

''Salvy called a fantastic game and certain times revealed themselves where we went back-to-back-to-back-to-back changeups,'' Duffy said.

''You don't do that very often when you throw in the mid-90s, but it was enough to keep people off balance today.''

Chris Bassitt (0-1) also allowed three hits in seven innings in his first appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery on May 6, 2016. He struck out six and walked one, allowing one run - on Paulo Orlando's RBI single in the second inning.

Orlando's hit snapped a 0-for-14 stretch.

The Royals scored again in the ninth on Alex Gordon's home run - his fifth - off Yusmeiro Petit.

Kevin McCarthy pitched the eighth and Kelvin Herrera worked a scoreless ninth to complete the four-hitter and earn his 14th save in 15 opportunities.

With the Royals' offense sputtering, manager Ned Yost shuffled the lineup, moving Gordon into the cleanup spot, Mike Moustakas from third to second and Perez from cleanup to third in the batting order. Gordon's homer was the only hit by the trio.

Moustakas played his 900th career game for the team - becoming the 13th player in Royals history to reach that plateau - and started at first base for the first time.

Bassitt was called up from Triple-A Nashville for a spot start in place of Trevor Cahill, who is out with an Achilles injury. He didn't arrive in Oakland until late Friday night.

Bassitt is the seventh starter the A's have sent to the mound in as many days and the 11th different starter they've used this season.

He lost his seventh straight decision dating to April 28, 2016. His last win was on Aug. 4, 2015, against Baltimore.

The 29-year-old acknowledged he's had doubts about his baseball future.

''There was some dark days,'' Bassitt said. ''Even this year there was some dark days.''

The Royals beat Oakland for the second time in six tries this season.

LEFT OUT

The A's are 8-14 against left-handed pitchers this season. They're 25-18 vs. righties.

SPLIT DECISION

Yost challenged two calls on the same play in the top of the fourth. With Alcides Escobar at second with two outs, Orlando hit a grounder to A's shortstop Marcus Semien, who threw wide to first. Escobar tried to score from second on the play. First base umpire Bill Welke ruled that first baseman Matt Olson had applied a swipe tag on Orlando, and home plate umpire Tony Randazzo ruled that catcher Josh Phegley tagged out Escobar. The play at first was overturned and the play at home was upheld after a replay review that lasted 3 minutes, 37 seconds.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: RF Jorge Soler was out of the lineup with a bruised left toe, Yost said. Soler left Friday's game after fouling a ball off his foot. X-rays taken Friday night were negative.

Athletics: LHP Ryan Buchter (strained left shoulder) is with Single-A Stockton. He threw 20 pitches to hitters on Friday night and reported no discomfort, manager Bob Melvin said. ... Nick Martini was optioned to Triple-A Nashville to make room on the roster for Bassitt. ... OF Boog Powell (right knee strain) has worked out at the A's extended spring training facility in Arizona and is expected to start a rehab assignment soon, Melvin said.

UP NEXT

A's LHP Sean Manaea (5-6, 3.59 ERA) is 1-4 with a 6.63 ERA in his last seven starts. He hopes to get back on track in Sunday's series finale. RHP Brad Keller (1-2, 2.12 ERA) will make his third start since moving into the rotation.

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  • W: D. Duffy (3-6)L: C. Bassitt (0-1)S: K. Herrera (14)
  • HR: KC - A. Gordon (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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M. Moustakas 1B40000011.267.322.494.816-0.5
S. Perez C40000001.233.283.449.7320.0
A. Gordon LF31111010.270.326.376.7036.5
H. Dozier RF30000122.250.318.350.6680.0
A. Almonte PR-RF00000000.200.250.314.5640.0
A. Escobar SS30000101.222.272.317.5891.0
R. Goins 2B41100002.237.268.323.5913.0
P. Orlando DH30110011.175.217.211.4271.5
R. Torres 3B30000011.182.217.227.445-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Semien SS40000010.259.309.372.681-0.5
    M. Canha CF20000110.247.311.440.7510.5
    a- D. Fowler PH-CF10000010.247.300.452.752-0.5
    J. Lowrie 2B40000021.285.349.466.815-1.0
    K. Davis DH40000010.242.318.530.848-0.5
    M. Olson 1B40100020.252.332.470.8020.0
    M. Chapman 3B30300100.244.337.423.7604.0
    S. Piscotty RF30000114.239.296.355.6520.5
    C. Pinder LF30000024.236.304.415.718-1.0
    J. Phegley C30000022.143.143.286.429-1.0
    • a-struck out for Canha in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Goins (6)
    • HR - A. Gordon (5)
    • RBI - A. Gordon (15), P. Orlando (5)
    FIELDING
    • E - M. Semien (11)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Duffy (W, 3-6)7.030031005.281.5430.0
    K. McCarthy (H, 4)1.00000102.961.063.5
    K. Herrera (S, 14)1.01000200.730.7310.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Duffy (W, 3-6)7.0
    K. McCarthy (H, 4)1.0
    K. Herrera (S, 14)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Bassitt (L, 0-1)7.03111601.290.5717.0
    D. Coulombe1.00000104.571.253.5
    Y. Petit1.01111013.601.130.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Bassitt (L, 0-1)7.0
    D. Coulombe1.0
    Y. Petit1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 98-63, K. McCarthy 10-8, K. Herrera 18-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 6-5, K. McCarthy 1-1
    • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 27, K. McCarthy 3, K. Herrera 4
    PITCHING
    • WP - C. Bassitt
    • HBP - C. Bassitt
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bassitt 93-63, D. Coulombe 12-6, Y. Petit 18-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bassitt 5-10
    • Batters Faced - C. Bassitt 26, D. Coulombe 3, Y. Petit 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    KC22-43
    010000001240
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield CF40100011.283.360.406.7650.5
    M. Moustakas 1B40000011.267.322.494.816-0.5
    S. Perez C40000001.233.283.449.7320.0
    A. Gordon LF31111010.270.326.376.7036.5
    H. Dozier RF30000122.250.318.350.6680.0
    A. Almonte PR-RF00000000.200.250.314.5640.0
    A. Escobar SS30000101.222.272.317.5891.0
    R. Goins 2B41100002.237.268.323.5913.0
    P. Orlando DH30110011.175.217.211.4271.5
    R. Torres 3B30000011.182.217.227.445-0.5
    Total3124212710-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Semien SS40000010.259.309.372.681-0.5
      M. Canha CF20000110.247.311.440.7510.5
      a- D. Fowler PH-CF10000010.247.300.452.752-0.5
      J. Lowrie 2B40000021.285.349.466.815-1.0
      K. Davis DH40000010.242.318.530.848-0.5
      M. Olson 1B40100020.252.332.470.8020.0
      M. Chapman 3B30300100.244.337.423.7604.0
      S. Piscotty RF30000114.239.296.355.6520.5
      C. Pinder LF30000024.236.304.415.718-1.0
      J. Phegley C30000022.143.143.286.429-1.0
      Total31040031311-----
      HITTERSAB
      M. Semien SS4
      M. Canha CF2
      a- D. Fowler PH-CF1
      J. Lowrie 2B4
      K. Davis DH4
      M. Olson 1B4
      M. Chapman 3B3
      S. Piscotty RF3
      C. Pinder LF3
      J. Phegley C3
      Total31
      • a-struck out for Canha in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Goins (6)
      • HR - A. Gordon (5)
      • RBI - A. Gordon (15), P. Orlando (5)
      FIELDING
      • E - M. Semien (11)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Duffy (W, 3-6)7.030031005.281.5430.0
      K. McCarthy (H, 4)1.00000102.961.063.5
      K. Herrera (S, 14)1.01000200.730.7310.0
      Total9.04003130---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Duffy (W, 3-6)7.0
      K. McCarthy (H, 4)1.0
      K. Herrera (S, 14)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Bassitt (L, 0-1)7.03111601.290.5717.0
      D. Coulombe1.00000104.571.253.5
      Y. Petit1.01111013.601.130.0
      Total9.0422271---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Bassitt (L, 0-1)7.0
      D. Coulombe1.0
      Y. Petit1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 98-63, K. McCarthy 10-8, K. Herrera 18-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 6-5, K. McCarthy 1-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 27, K. McCarthy 3, K. Herrera 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Bassitt
      • HBP - C. Bassitt
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bassitt 93-63, D. Coulombe 12-6, Y. Petit 18-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bassitt 5-10
      • Batters Faced - C. Bassitt 26, D. Coulombe 3, Y. Petit 5
      • 9TH INNING
        Gordon homered to right20
      • 2ND INNING
        Orlando singled to center, Goins scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Yusmeiro Petit relieved Danny Coulombe
        • S. Perez: Perez flied out to center
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gordon homered to right
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Dozier walked
        • Abraham Almonte ran for Hunter Dozier
        • A. Escobar: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Escobar flied out to deep center
        • R. Goins: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Goins flied out to center
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Kelvin Herrera relieved Kevin McCarthy
        • K. Davis: Foul, Davis flied out to shallow left
        • M. Olson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Chapman reached on an infield single to third
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Danny Coulombe relieved Chris Bassitt
        • R. Torres: Ball, Torres flied out to right
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield fouled out to right
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Kevin McCarthy relieved Danny Duffy
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Semien grounded out to third
        • Dustin Fowler hit for Mark Canha
        • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Strike looking, Lowrie flied out to right
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • C. Bassitt Pitching:
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Goins: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Goins lined out to left
        • P. Orlando: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Orlando struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • M. Olson: Ball, Olson popped out to first
        • M. Chapman: Chapman singled to left
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Piscotty walked, Chapman to second
        • C. Pinder: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
        • J. Phegley: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Phegley struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. Bassitt Pitching:
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Perez flied out to deep center
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Canha flied out to left
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
        • K. Davis: Davis lined out to left
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Bassitt Pitching:
        • R. Torres: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Torres struck out looking
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Moustakas lined out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • C. Pinder: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
        • J. Phegley: Phegley grounded out to third
        • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Semien popped out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Bassitt Pitching:
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Dozier grounded out to first
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Escobar walked
        • R. Goins: Goins grounded out to third, Escobar to second
        • P. Orlando: Foul, Orlando safe at first on shortstop Semien fielding error, Escobar out at home
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • M. Olson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Olson struck out looking
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike swinging, Chapman singled to left center
        • S. Piscotty: Foul, Ball, Foul, Piscotty grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Bassitt Pitching:
        • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Moustakas lined out to left
        • S. Perez: Foul, Strike looking, Perez popped out to second
        • A. Gordon: Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Phegley struck out swinging
        • M. Semien: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike looking, Semien struck out looking
        • M. Canha: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Canha walked
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Strike looking, Lowrie grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Bassitt Pitching:
        • A. Escobar: Strike swinging, Escobar flied out to center
        • R. Goins: Strike looking, Goins doubled to deep right
        • P. Orlando: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Orlando singled to center, Goins scored
        • R. Torres: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Orlando to second on wild pitch, Torres flied out to left
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • K. Davis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Davis grounded out to second
        • M. Olson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Olson singled to center
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Chapman walked, Olson to second
        • S. Piscotty: Piscotty flied out to right, Olson to third
        • C. Pinder: Ball, Pinder grounded out to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Bassitt Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield singled to center
        • M. Moustakas: Pickoff attempt, Moustakas lined out to third
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Perez flied out to right
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Gordon hit by pitch, Merrifield to second
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Semien grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Canha struck out swinging
        • J. Lowrie: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)