Duda drives in 3, Royals hold on to beat Twins 6-5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Lucas Duda homered and drove in three runs, Danny Duffy earned his first home win in 11 months and the Kansas City Royals held on for a 6-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night.

Duda's two-out single in the first inning scored Whit Merrifield and Jorge Bonifacio. It landed just fair down the left-field line and barely out of the reach of third baseman Eduardo Escobar.

The Twins used a radical shift in Duda's next two at-bats, moving Escobar into left as a fourth outfielder. Duda beat it both times.

He singled to center to lead off the fourth and scored on Hunter Dozier's double. He led off the sixth with his eighth homer down the right-field line off Kyle Gibson (4-7).

Duffy, who is 5-2 with a 2.58 ERA in his past 11 starts, limited the Twins to one run and five hits over seven innings. Duffy (6-8) picked up his first Kauffman Stadium victory since Aug. 22, ending an eight-game skid.

Duffy limited the damage in the fourth when the Twins loaded the bases with no outs. Max Kepler flied out to Alex Gordon to score Escobar, snapping Duffy's 16-inning scoreless streak.

The Royals padded their lead in the seventh on All-Star catcher Salvador Perez's two-run double.

Gibson was removed after 5 1/3 innings and 103 pitches, allowing four runs on six hits and two walks.

Mitch Garver tripled home Escobar in the Minnesota eighth.

The Twins scored three runs in the ninth runs on groundouts by Brian Dozier and Eddie Rosario, and Mitch Garver's bases-loaded walk. Brandon Maurer got the final out for his first save, leaving the bases loaded.

The Royals earned just their third victory in the past 17 games.

ROSTER MOVES

Twins: Recalled IF Taylor Motter from Triple-A Rochester. He has played six positions in 139 games in the majors with the Rays and Mariners. The Twins promoted 3B Miguel Sano from Class A Fort Myers, where he hit .323 with 12 RBIs in 19 games, to Rochester.

Royals: IF Adalberto Mondesi has returned to the Dominican Republic and was placed on the family medical emergency list. IF Ramon Torres was recalled from Triple-A Omaha.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: RHP Ervin Santana (right middle finger surgery) allowed one run on two hits over six innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Rochester against Norfolk on Friday. He walked three and struck out one, throwing 46 strikes in 66 pitches in a no-decision. ... 1B Logan Morrison (left hip impingement) hit early and should come off the disabled list Sunday. ... RHP Addison Reed (right triceps tightness) threw a bullpen session and will probably throw another Sunday.

Royals: RHP Ian Kennedy (left oblique strain) will probably remain on the disabled list for a while. He received a platelet-rich plasma shot on July 12 and has done only light activities with no throwing since then.

UP NEXT

Twins: RHP Lance Lynn is 2-0 with a 4.09 ERA in two starts against the Royals this season.

Royals: RHP Jakob Junis will come off the disabled list and start. He has not pitched since July 2 and went on the DL with lower back inflammation.

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KC28-68
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  • W: D. Duffy (6-8)L: K. Gibson (4-7)S: B. Maurer (1)
  • HR: KC - L. Duda (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Mauer 1B50200011.275.365.364.7291.5
E. Rosario LF51110022.310.351.533.8832.0
B. Dozier 2B40010102.227.313.419.7322.0
E. Escobar 3B32100202.272.331.509.8396.0
R. Grossman RF50200001.259.337.374.7112.0
M. Garver DH30120200.250.338.378.7167.0
M. Kepler CF40110014.227.315.405.7201.5
J. Polanco SS41100001.263.344.386.7303.0
B. Wilson C30100002.182.239.283.5211.0
a- J. Cave PH01000100.312.354.558.9122.0
  • a-walked for Wilson in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B41100002.306.377.432.8092.0
J. Bonifacio RF31000111.273.344.455.7991.5
M. Moustakas 3B21000200.247.308.463.7713.0
S. Perez C40120023.222.259.396.6553.0
L. Duda DH42331001.244.311.413.72411.0
H. Dozier 1B40110021.210.268.335.6042.0
A. Gordon LF40000011.238.315.339.654-0.5
R. Herrera CF40000001.239.260.326.5870.0
A. Escobar SS31200001.203.251.279.5293.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Escobar (36), J. Polanco (5)
    • 3B - M. Garver
    • SF - M. Kepler (2)
    • RBI - E. Rosario (61), B. Dozier (49), M. Garver 2 (15), M. Kepler (37)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Garver 2 (7)
    BATTING
    • 2B - S. Perez (12), H. Dozier (8)
    • HR - L. Duda (8)
    • RBI - S. Perez 2 (43), L. Duda 3 (29), H. Dozier (13)
    • 2-Out RBI - S. Perez 2 (12), L. Duda 2 (14)
    FIELDING
    • E - W. Merrifield (4)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Gibson (L, 4-7)5.16442513.571.240.5
    T. Rogers0.20000103.791.140.5
    A. Busenitz1.02221006.752.08-2.0
    M. Belisle1.00000007.131.503.0
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Gibson (L, 4-7)5.1
    T. Rogers0.2
    A. Busenitz1.0
    M. Belisle1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Duffy (W, 6-8)7.05113404.401.4424.0
    J. Hammel1.02110006.181.620.0
    W. Peralta0.22332003.861.71-7.0
    B. Maurer (S, 1)0.110010012.002.755.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Duffy (W, 6-8)7.0
    J. Hammel1.0
    W. Peralta0.2
    B. Maurer (S, 1)0.1
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 103-65, T. Rogers 8-6, A. Busenitz 19-11, M. Belisle 18-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 4-7, T. Rogers 1-0
    • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 24, T. Rogers 2, A. Busenitz 6, M. Belisle 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 114-67, J. Hammel 21-14, W. Peralta 35-19, B. Maurer 13-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 8-9, W. Peralta 2-0
    • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 29, J. Hammel 5, W. Peralta 6, B. Maurer 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    MIN44-51
    0001000135100
    KC28-68
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Mauer 1B50200011.275.365.364.7291.5
    E. Rosario LF51110022.310.351.533.8832.0
    B. Dozier 2B40010102.227.313.419.7322.0
    E. Escobar 3B32100202.272.331.509.8396.0
    R. Grossman RF50200001.259.337.374.7112.0
    M. Garver DH30120200.250.338.378.7167.0
    M. Kepler CF40110014.227.315.405.7201.5
    J. Polanco SS41100001.263.344.386.7303.0
    B. Wilson C30100002.182.239.283.5211.0
    a- J. Cave PH01000100.312.354.558.9122.0
    Total36510506415-----
    • a-walked for Wilson in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B41100002.306.377.432.8092.0
    J. Bonifacio RF31000111.273.344.455.7991.5
    M. Moustakas 3B21000200.247.308.463.7713.0
    S. Perez C40120023.222.259.396.6553.0
    L. Duda DH42331001.244.311.413.72411.0
    H. Dozier 1B40110021.210.268.335.6042.0
    A. Gordon LF40000011.238.315.339.654-0.5
    R. Herrera CF40000001.239.260.326.5870.0
    A. Escobar SS31200001.203.251.279.5293.0
    Total3268613611-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Escobar (36), J. Polanco (5)
      • 3B - M. Garver
      • SF - M. Kepler (2)
      • RBI - E. Rosario (61), B. Dozier (49), M. Garver 2 (15), M. Kepler (37)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Garver 2 (7)
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Perez (12), H. Dozier (8)
      • HR - L. Duda (8)
      • RBI - S. Perez 2 (43), L. Duda 3 (29), H. Dozier (13)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Perez 2 (12), L. Duda 2 (14)
      FIELDING
      • E - W. Merrifield (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Gibson (L, 4-7)5.16442513.571.240.5
      T. Rogers0.20000103.791.140.5
      A. Busenitz1.02221006.752.08-2.0
      M. Belisle1.00000007.131.503.0
      Total8.0866361---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Gibson (L, 4-7)5.1
      T. Rogers0.2
      A. Busenitz1.0
      M. Belisle1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Duffy (W, 6-8)7.05113404.401.4424.0
      J. Hammel1.02110006.181.620.0
      W. Peralta0.22332003.861.71-7.0
      B. Maurer (S, 1)0.110010012.002.755.0
      Total9.01055640---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Duffy (W, 6-8)7.0
      J. Hammel1.0
      W. Peralta0.2
      B. Maurer (S, 1)0.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Gibson 103-65, T. Rogers 8-6, A. Busenitz 19-11, M. Belisle 18-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Gibson 4-7, T. Rogers 1-0
      • Batters Faced - K. Gibson 24, T. Rogers 2, A. Busenitz 6, M. Belisle 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 114-67, J. Hammel 21-14, W. Peralta 35-19, B. Maurer 13-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 8-9, W. Peralta 2-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 29, J. Hammel 5, W. Peralta 6, B. Maurer 3
      • 9TH INNING
        Garver walked, Rosario scored, Escobar to third, Grossman to second56
        Dozier grounded out to third, Cave scored, Rosario to second46
        Rosario reached on fielder's choice to second, Polanco scored, Cave to third, Mauer out at second36
      • 8TH INNING
        Garver tripled to right center, Escobar scored26
      • 7TH INNING
        Perez doubled to left center, Escobar and Moustakas scored16
      • 6TH INNING
        Duda homered to right14
      • 4TH INNING
        Dozier doubled to left center, Duda scored13
        Kepler hit sacrifice fly to left, Escobar scored12
      • 1ST INNING
        Duda singled to left, Merrifield and Bonifacio scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Wily Peralta relieved Jason Hammel
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Polanco doubled to deep center
        • Jake Cave hit for Bobby Wilson
        • J. Cave: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Cave walked
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mauer singled to center, Polanco to third, Cave to second
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Rosario reached on fielder's choice to second, Polanco scored, Cave to third, Mauer out at second
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Dozier grounded out to third, Cave scored, Rosario to second
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Escobar walked
        • Brandon Maurer relieved Wily Peralta
        • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Grossman reached on an infield single to shortstop, Rosario to third, Escobar to second
        • M. Garver: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Garver walked, Rosario scored, Escobar to third, Grossman to second
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Kepler flied out to left
        • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Jason Hammel relieved Danny Duffy
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Dozier popped out to first
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Escobar doubled to shallow left
        • R. Grossman: Grossman lined out to second
        • M. Garver: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Garver tripled to right center, Escobar scored
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Ball, Kepler popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Matt Belisle relieved Alan Busenitz
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier flied out to right
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gordon flied out to right
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Herrera lined out to left
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • J. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Polanco popped out to second
        • B. Wilson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Wilson singled to left
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Mauer struck out looking
        • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Rosario struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Alan Busenitz relieved Taylor Rogers
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Escobar reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • W. Merrifield: Merrifield lined out to right
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Bonifacio flied out to deep right
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moustakas walked, Escobar to second
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Perez doubled to left center, Escobar and Moustakas scored
        • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Duda lined out to left
        • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • R. Grossman: Grossman grounded out to third
        • M. Garver: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Garver popped out to second
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Kepler struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • L. Duda: Ball, Strike looking, Duda homered to right
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • Taylor Rogers relieved Kyle Gibson
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Herrera grounded out to first
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Foul, Mauer reached on an infield single to second, Mauer to second on 2nd baseman Merrifield fielding error
        • E. Rosario: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Rosario grounded out to first, Mauer to third
        • B. Dozier: Dozier grounded out to pitcher
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Escobar flied out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield grounded out to second
        • J. Bonifacio: Foul, Bonifacio lined out to shortstop
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Moustakas walked
        • S. Perez: Perez flied out to left
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Escobar walked
        • R. Grossman: Grossman singled to center, Escobar to second
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Garver walked, Escobar to third, Grossman to second
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Kepler hit sacrifice fly to left, Escobar scored
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Polanco flied out to deep left, Grossman to third, Garver to second
        • B. Wilson: Foul, Ball, Wilson popped out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Duda singled to shallow center
        • H. Dozier: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Dozier doubled to left center, Duda scored
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gordon flied out to deep center
        • R. Herrera: Herrera flied out to deep center
        • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Escobar flied out to center
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • B. Wilson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Wilson flied out to left
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mauer grounded out to second
        • E. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Dozier grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • J. Bonifacio: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
        • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Moustakas popped out to second
        • S. Perez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Grossman popped out to second
        • M. Garver: Ball, Garver grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Kepler singled to right
        • J. Polanco: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Polanco grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gordon grounded out to second
        • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Herrera lined out to left
        • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Escobar singled to shallow right center
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Mauer grounded out to shortstop
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked
        • E. Escobar: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Escobar fouled out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Gibson Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Merrifield singled to left
        • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bonifacio walked, Merrifield to second
        • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Moustakas grounded out to first, Merrifield to third, Bonifacio to second
        • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • L. Duda: Ball, Strike looking, Duda singled to left, Merrifield and Bonifacio scored
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)