07/20 22:43 CDT Duda drives in 3, Royals hold on to beat Twins 6-5
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.
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
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
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.
Twins: RHP Lance Lynn is 2-0 with a 4.09 ERA in two starts against the Royals
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.