Royals send struggling White Sox to sixth straight loss

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Danny Duffy bounced back after getting hit by a line drive that left him with numbness in his throwing hand in last start.

Duffy (4-5) pitched a strong six innings and ended a nine-start winless skid, and Jorge Soler and Nicky Lopez hit back-to-back RBI singles twice as the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 7-5 on Wednesday night.

''I'm really thankful that nothing bad happened and went out there and was able to compete again five days later,'' Duffy said.

The left-hander had all three of his pitches working. He scattered six hits and struck out five in sending Chicago to its season-worst sixth straight loss. With a heat index well above 100 degrees for most of the game, Royals manager Ned Yost was careful not to overwork him.

''It was hot, it was humid and he was starting to labor. He was getting worn out,'' Yost said.

Duffy's strong start followed Jakob Junis' seven innings of one-run ball Monday and Glenn Sparkman's complete game shutout Tuesday.

The second of Soler and Lopez's consecutive two-out, RBI hits put Kansas City up 6-0 and gave Duffy some run support. The Royals had scored just 15 runs over Duffy's last eight outings.

A.J. Reed hit a three-run homer, his first, with two outs in the ninth inning off Wily Peralta. Ian Kennedy entered the game and completed the one-out save, his 15th in 18 opportunities.

Ivan Nova (4-9) lasted just 4 2/3 innings and struggled with his command. He allowed six runs and six hits with five walks. After giving up two runs in the first inning, Nova retired 13 of the next 14 batters before running into trouble again in the fifth with two outs, allowing five straight batters to reach base, three by walks.

''You don't want to give in in that situation,'' Nova said. ''There were a couple of guys I felt like I made good pitches. To Gordon, a couple of pitches he didn't swing at. Again, I had tough luck in that situation today.''

White Sox starters have struggled over the last three weeks, going 4-8 with a 5.11 ERA in the last 17 games. The last White Sox starter to throw more than six innings was Lucas Giolito on June 8.

Ryan Goins homered in his first major league game this season, a two-run shot into the Royals' bullpen in the sixth inning. That snapped a 15-inning scoring drought for the White Sox that dating to Monday's game.

The White Sox have scored just 18 runs in their last eight games and scored more than three runs for the first time since Independence Day. In six games since the All-Star break, Chicago has been outscored 44-12.

''We're going to keep playing; have to keep playing,'' White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. ''That's the only thing left. If they keep battling like they did today towards the end, there's a little bit of the better life than we've seen over the last six days or whatever. There's still so much baseball left. We've got to get back on track.''

The Royals have come roaring out of the All-Star break, winning five of six, for their best stretch of the season. Kansas City has also won consecutive series for the first time this season.

''It's awesome, man. It's great,'' Duffy said. ''We're getting to that point where we're gaining confidence again. Guys are playing great. The offense is doing a great job of going up there every at-bat and having good at-bats and we're just kind of following them. As a staff, just kind of take the baton and run with it.''

Soler and Lopez also slapped RBI singles in the first inning, the fourth time in six games since the All-Star break Kansas City has scored in the opening frame.

Whit Merrifield had three more hits and was on base five times, extending his hitting streak to 15 games. He also increased his league-leading hit total to 128. During the streak, Merrifield is hitting .410 (25-61).

''Another great day,'' Yost said. ''Three hits, but it's just what he's been doing. You know, he's been as consistent as anyone in major league baseball the last couple years with his performance day-in and day-out.''

BASERUNNING GAFFES

Kansas City made three outs on the base paths and Chicago made two. Merrifield was thrown out trying to advance to third on a ground out in the first inning and was picked off between first and second to end the second inning. Soler ended the fifth inning when he was thrown out at second after Lopez's single. Leury Garcia was doubled off second on a line drive by James McCann, ending a threat by the White Sox in the fourth inning. Wellington Castillo was thrown out trying to advance to third on a passed ball in the fifth.

UP NEXT

The Royals and White Sox conclude their four-game set with a day game Thursday. Brad Keller (5-9) will start for the Royals, looking to continue a strong July. Keller has allowed just two runs in 13 2/3 innings this month and is coming off a career-high eight innings Saturday in a 4-1 win over Detroit. Ross Detwiler will get the ball for the White Sox, making his third start of the season. The right-hander is 1-0 with a 5.02 ERA this year.

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  • W: D. Duffy (4-5)L: I. Nova (4-9)S: I. Kennedy (15)
  • HR: CHW - R. Goins (1), A. Reed (1)
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Y. Moncada 3B40000013.299.357.518.876-0.5
J. Abreu 1B41200000.273.309.500.8093.0
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J. Jay LF31000120.328.375.414.7891.0
W. Castillo DH40100032.198.288.369.6570.5
R. Cordell RF30100020.239.290.368.6580.0
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W. Merrifield 2B31310200.316.369.511.8808.0
C. Cuthbert 3B41000105.288.316.432.7472.0
A. Gordon LF32200100.279.358.447.8056.0
H. Dozier DH22110200.289.373.544.9176.0
J. Soler RF40230002.246.318.511.8295.0
B. Hamilton CF00000000.216.281.269.5510.0
N. Lopez SS40220001.241.281.316.5974.0
B. Starling CF-RF31100102.235.316.235.5513.0
L. Duda 1B40000012.146.229.271.500-0.5
M. Viloria C40100031.250.250.250.500-0.5
D. Duffy P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    BATTING
    • 2B - W. Castillo (4)
    • HR - A. Reed, R. Goins
    • RBI - A. Reed 3 (3), R. Goins 2 (2)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Reed 3 (3)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Moncada 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Gordon (25)
    • RBI - W. Merrifield (48), H. Dozier (51), J. Soler 3 (67), N. Lopez 2 (13)
    • 2-Out RBI - H. Dozier (22), J. Soler 3 (29), N. Lopez 2 (6)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Cuthbert 2 (2), N. Lopez, B. Starling 2 (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - W. Merrifield (15)
    • CS - W. Merrifield (8)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - L. Garcia (10)
    • DP - 3 (Moncada-Abreu-Goins; Moncada-Abreu; Goins-Sanchez-Abreu)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Cuthbert-Merrifield-Duda; Merrifield)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    I. Nova (L, 4-9)4.26665205.861.57-9.0
    J. Fry1.11002104.551.580.5
    K. Herrera1.02000007.361.821.0
    A. Colome1.03110102.390.80-0.5
    PITCHERSIP
    I. Nova (L, 4-9)4.2
    J. Fry1.1
    K. Herrera1.0
    A. Colome1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Duffy (W, 4-5)6.06220514.521.3922.5
    S. Barlow1.11000306.161.553.5
    J. Diekman0.21000204.891.370.0
    W. Peralta0.22331115.261.53-5.5
    I. Kennedy (S, 15)0.10000003.291.237.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Duffy (W, 4-5)6.0
    S. Barlow1.1
    J. Diekman0.2
    W. Peralta0.2
    I. Kennedy (S, 15)0.1
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - I. Nova 84-49, J. Fry 26-14, K. Herrera 11-8, A. Colome 13-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Nova 8-2, J. Fry 2-0, K. Herrera 2-0, A. Colome 1-0
    • Batters Faced - I. Nova 23, J. Fry 6, K. Herrera 4, A. Colome 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 90-61, S. Barlow 23-16, J. Diekman 13-9, W. Peralta 20-10, I. Kennedy 6-3
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 3-7, S. Barlow 1-0
    • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 21, S. Barlow 5, J. Diekman 3, W. Peralta 5, I. Kennedy
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    L. Garcia CF40100012.287.325.382.7070.5
    Y. Moncada 3B40000013.299.357.518.876-0.5
    J. Abreu 1B41200000.273.309.500.8093.0
    J. McCann C40000023.300.354.484.838-1.0
    J. Jay LF31000120.328.375.414.7891.0
    W. Castillo DH40100032.198.288.369.6570.5
    R. Cordell RF30100020.239.290.368.6580.0
    a- A. Reed PH11131000.286.333.500.8338.0
    Y. Sanchez 2B41200001.247.311.308.6193.0
    R. Goins SS31221000.667.6671.6672.3338.0
    I. Nova P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    J. Fry P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    K. Herrera P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    • a-homered for Cordell in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B31310200.316.369.511.8808.0
    C. Cuthbert 3B41000105.288.316.432.7472.0
    A. Gordon LF32200100.279.358.447.8056.0
    H. Dozier DH22110200.289.373.544.9176.0
    J. Soler RF40230002.246.318.511.8295.0
    B. Hamilton CF00000000.216.281.269.5510.0
    N. Lopez SS40220001.241.281.316.5974.0
    B. Starling CF-RF31100102.235.316.235.5513.0
    L. Duda 1B40000012.146.229.271.500-0.5
    M. Viloria C40100031.250.250.250.500-0.5
    D. Duffy P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    S. Barlow P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    J. Diekman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    I. Kennedy P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Castillo (4)
      • HR - A. Reed, R. Goins
      • RBI - A. Reed 3 (3), R. Goins 2 (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Reed 3 (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Moncada 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Gordon (25)
      • RBI - W. Merrifield (48), H. Dozier (51), J. Soler 3 (67), N. Lopez 2 (13)
      • 2-Out RBI - H. Dozier (22), J. Soler 3 (29), N. Lopez 2 (6)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Cuthbert 2 (2), N. Lopez, B. Starling 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - W. Merrifield (15)
      • CS - W. Merrifield (8)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - L. Garcia (10)
      • DP - 3 (Moncada-Abreu-Goins; Moncada-Abreu; Goins-Sanchez-Abreu)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Cuthbert-Merrifield-Duda; Merrifield)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      I. Nova (L, 4-9)4.26665205.861.57-9.0
      J. Fry1.11002104.551.580.5
      K. Herrera1.02000007.361.821.0
      A. Colome1.03110102.390.80-0.5
      Total8.01277740---
      PITCHERSIP
      I. Nova (L, 4-9)4.2
      J. Fry1.1
      K. Herrera1.0
      A. Colome1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Duffy (W, 4-5)6.06220514.521.3922.5
      S. Barlow1.11000306.161.553.5
      J. Diekman0.21000204.891.370.0
      W. Peralta0.22331115.261.53-5.5
      I. Kennedy (S, 15)0.10000003.291.237.0
      Total9.010551112---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Duffy (W, 4-5)6.0
      S. Barlow1.1
      J. Diekman0.2
      W. Peralta0.2
      I. Kennedy (S, 15)0.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - I. Nova 84-49, J. Fry 26-14, K. Herrera 11-8, A. Colome 13-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Nova 8-2, J. Fry 2-0, K. Herrera 2-0, A. Colome 1-0
      • Batters Faced - I. Nova 23, J. Fry 6, K. Herrera 4, A. Colome 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 90-61, S. Barlow 23-16, J. Diekman 13-9, W. Peralta 20-10, I. Kennedy 6-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 3-7, S. Barlow 1-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 21, S. Barlow 5, J. Diekman 3, W. Peralta 5, I. Kennedy
      • 9TH INNING
        Reed homered to center, Abreu and Jay scored57
      • 8TH INNING
        Merrifield singled to shallow left, Starling scored, Viloria to second27
      • 6TH INNING
        Goins homered to right, Sanchez scored26
      • 5TH INNING
        Lopez singled to center, Dozier scored, Soler out at third06
        Soler singled to left, Cuthbert and Gordon scored, Dozier to third05
        Dozier walked, Merrifield scored, Cuthbert to third, Gordon to second03
      • 1ST INNING
        Lopez singled to center, Dozier scored, Soler to third02
        Soler singled to left, Gordon scored, Dozier to third01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Wily Peralta relieved Jake Diekman
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Ball, Abreu singled to shallow left
        • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, McCann lined out to center
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jay walked, Abreu to second
        • W. Castillo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Castillo struck out swinging
        • AJ Reed hit for Ryan Cordell
        • A. Reed: Strike looking, Reed homered to center, Abreu and Jay scored
        • Ian Kennedy relieved Wily Peralta
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Sanchez lined out to right
        • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Billy Hamilton in center field
        • R. Cordell: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cordell struck out swinging
        • Y. Sanchez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Sanchez singled to center
        • Jake Diekman relieved Scott Barlow
        • R. Goins: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Goins singled to right, Sanchez to second
        • L. Garcia: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • Y. Moncada: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moncada struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Alex Colome relieved Kelvin Herrera
        • B. Starling: Starling singled to left
        • L. Duda: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
        • M. Viloria: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Viloria singled to center, Starling to third
        • W. Merrifield: Merrifield singled to shallow left, Starling scored, Viloria to second
        • C. Cuthbert: Foul, Ball, Cuthbert grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Merrifield out at second
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Scott Barlow relieved Danny Duffy
        • J. McCann: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • J. Jay: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Jay grounded out to second
        • W. Castillo: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Castillo struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Kelvin Herrera relieved Jace Fry
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Gordon singled to center
        • H. Dozier: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Dozier singled to shallow left, Gordon to second
        • J. Soler: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Soler grounded into double play third to first, Gordon out at third, Dozier to second
        • N. Lopez: Ball, Lopez grounded out to first
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez reached on an infield single to first
        • R. Goins: Goins homered to right, Sanchez scored
        • L. Garcia: Garcia flied out to deep center
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Moncada flied out to deep left
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Abreu grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Fry Pitching:
        • B. Starling: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Starling walked
        • L. Duda: Ball, Duda grounded out to shortstop, Starling to second
        • M. Viloria: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Viloria struck out swinging
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Merrifield walked
        • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cuthbert grounded out to third
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Jay struck out swinging
        • W. Castillo: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Castillo doubled to left center
        • R. Cordell: Ball, Ball, Castillo out at third, Castillo out at third, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cordell struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • I. Nova Pitching:
        • L. Duda: Foul, Duda grounded out to second
        • M. Viloria: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Viloria struck out on foul tip
        • W. Merrifield: Foul, Ball, Merrifield singled to shallow right
        • C. Cuthbert: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Cuthbert walked, Merrifield to second
        • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gordon walked, Merrifield to third, Cuthbert to second
        • H. Dozier: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked, Merrifield scored, Cuthbert to third, Gordon to second
        • J. Soler: Strike looking, Soler singled to left, Cuthbert and Gordon scored, Dozier to third
        • Jace Fry relieved Ivan Nova
        • N. Lopez: Lopez singled to center, Dozier scored, Soler out at third
        • End of the 5th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • L. Garcia: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Garcia singled to left
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Ball, Moncada lined out to center
        • J. Abreu: Strike looking, Foul, Abreu singled to left, Garcia to second
        • J. McCann: Ball, Foul, Ball, McCann lined into double play second, Garcia out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • I. Nova Pitching:
        • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Soler grounded out to third
        • N. Lopez: Strike looking, Lopez grounded out to second
        • B. Starling: Ball, Starling flied out to left
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • R. Cordell: Foul, Strike looking, Cordell singled to right
        • Y. Sanchez: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Sanchez grounded into double play third to second to first, Cordell out at second
        • R. Goins: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Goins flied out to left
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • I. Nova Pitching:
        • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Cuthbert grounded out to third
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon flied out to right
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Dozier grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • J. McCann: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, McCann struck out looking
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Jay struck out swinging
        • W. Castillo: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Castillo struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • I. Nova Pitching:
        • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Duda grounded out to third
        • M. Viloria: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Viloria struck out swinging
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Merrifield walked
        • C. Cuthbert: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Merrifield caught stealing second, pitcher to second to first to first
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • D. Duffy Pitching:
        • L. Garcia: Garcia popped out to first
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Moncada flied out to center
        • J. Abreu: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Abreu grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • I. Nova Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Merrifield singled to center
        • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Merrifield stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Cuthbert grounded into double play third to first to shortstop, Merrifield out at third
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Gordon doubled to left
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Dozier walked
        • J. Soler: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Soler singled to left, Gordon scored, Dozier to third
        • N. Lopez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Lopez singled to center, Dozier scored, Soler to third
        • B. Starling: Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Starling grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)