Royals take another series from Twins

The KC Royals have now won six straight series with their 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Problem is, they are still 8.5 games back of first place Detroit (who is winning in the 14th inning in Cleveland).

Danny Duffy (Jen Nevius)

Danny Duffy (Jen Nevius)

The Royals welcomed lefty Danny Duffy back to the team after missing a year-plus after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Maybe he was too pumped up for tonight’s start.

I didn’t watch the game, but I heard his curveball was terrible. Sure, he struck out seven, but lasted just 3.2 innings. Duffy threw 93 pitches, 54 for strikes. Oh and he allowed both of the Twins runs, the second coming right after the Royals had tied the game at 1-1 in the 3rd inning. Not exactly a sparkling start to keep you up in the big leagues.

But it was good to see Duffy, a fan favorite, back.

The Royals took the lead in the bottom of the 4th inning. Alex Gordon tied the game at 2-2 with his 11th homerun of the season (he would drive in another run in the seventh). Alcides Escobar drove in his second run of the game with a two out RBI single.

The Royals bullpen was a bit shaky, but did not break. Aaron Crow entered in the seventh with one out and nobody on base. He allowed back-to-back singles to put runners on the corners, but induced an inning ending double play by Justin Morneau. Kelvin Herrera pitched the 8th inning and was quite wild, as he walked two around two strikeouts. A wild pitch put runners at second and third base, but Herrera induced a ground out to end the inning.

Closer Greg Holland worked around a Joe Mauer two out single to pick up his 30th save of the season. He struck out two.

 

The Royals collected 14 hits, as every starter had at least one hit except for Mike Moustakas. Brett Hayes got his first start and went 2-for-4 with a double.

The Royals now welcome the American League East leading Boston Red Sox to town for four games beginning on Thursday night. Bruce Chen gets the start in the opener against fellow lefty Jon Lester.

 

*Will Smith was optioned back to Omaha to open the roster space for Duffy.

**Catcher Salvador Perez was cleared for light workouts, so that is a good sign.

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