Jun 2, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon (4) is congratulated by third base coach Mike Jirschele (59) after hitting a solo home run off of St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Shelby Miller (not pictured) during the seventh inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Danny Duffy blanks Cards in Kansas City Royals Win

Shelby Miller of the Cardinals and Danny Duffy of the Royals swapped zeros for six innings, until Kansas City broke through for 3 runs in the 7th on the way to a 6-0 win in Busch Stadium in St. Louis Monday night.

Kansas City’s late rally made a winner of Danny Duffy, who shut down the Cardinals five days after his worst start of the season.

The win pulls Kansas City within 3 games of .500 at 27-30. The Royals now trail Detroit by 6 games in the American League Central. The win also pulled the Royals out of the cellar and moved them into 4th place.

On the Mound

Duffy complained of a “dead arm” in his last start, with a fastball that only hit the low 90’s instead of his normal mid-90’s  Duffy still said he did not have as much as he was used to on the ball, but he still was effective. He pitched 6.0 innings, allowing 1 hit, 1 walk, and 0 earned runs with 5 strikeouts.

Duffy’s season record goes to 3-5 with the win, along with an ERA of 3.05.

Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, and Aaron Crow followed with 3 scoreless innings of relief. Each reliever allowed 1 baserunner: Herrera and Crow allowed singles, while Wade Davis walked a batter.

At the Plate

Overall, the Royals got 9 hits and 2 walks on the night.

Gordon’s home run and Moustakas’ double were the only extra-base hits on the night (including the Cardinals).

Salvador Perez was 3-4, with 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI’s on three singles, including a key blow that ended up scoring 2 runs in the 8th on rookie centerfielder Randal Grichuk‘s error.

Alex Gordon started the scoring with his 7th inning home run. Gordon went 1-3, with 2 runs scored, 1 RBI, and 1 walk.

The only other Royal to get on base more than once was 2B Omar Infante, who went 1-3, with 1 run scored and 1 walk.

This and That

The Royals helped out their pitching staff with some outstanding defense, including a diving stop by Omar Infante at second, and a double play for Aaron Crow in the 9th.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

Danny Duffy is the obvious choice. You generally get player of the game when you hold the opposing team to 2 total baserunners and one hit over six innings.

The Cardinals

Ryan Grichuk had a rough day at the ballpark. Along with his error in the 8th inning, Grichuk struck out 3 times against Danny Duffy until he managed a single off Aaron Crow in the 9th.

Matt Holliday was the only Cardinal to reach base off Duffy with his 1-out single in the 2nd and the only walk in the 4th. Holliday added another single in the 7th off Kelvin Herrera.

Up Next

The Cardinals and Royals continue their 4-game series in St. Louis on Tuesday. The Royal will send ace James Shields (6-3, 3.36 ERA) to the mound against Jaime Garcia (1-0, 4.12 ERA). Game time is 6:15 CST at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Box

Royals Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS Pit Str
Nori Aoki RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 .259 .633 11 10
   Kelvin Herrera P 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Wade Davis P 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Pedro Ciriaco PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .244 .555 1 1
   Aaron Crow P 0 0 0 0 0 0
Omar Infante 2B 3 1 1 0 1 0 .257 .680 14 9
Eric Hosmer 1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 .266 .670 12 11
Alex Gordon LF 3 2 1 1 1 0 .277 .769 18 8
Salvador Perez C 4 2 3 1 0 0 .265 .736 14 10
Lorenzo Cain CF-RF 3 1 1 1 0 0 .328 .796 15 9
Mike Moustakas 3B 4 0 1 2 0 0 .152 .537 11 8
Alcides Escobar SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 .265 .673 13 8
Danny Duffy P 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 5 3
   Billy Butler PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .248 .606 1 1
   Jarrod Dyson CF 1 0 1 0 0 0 .297 .685 3 2
Team Totals 34 6 9 5 2 2 .265 .680 118 80

2B: M Moustakas (8, off S Miller).
HR: A Gordon (5, off S Miller, 7th inn, 0 on, 0 outs to Deep CF-RF).
SF: L Cain (2, off J Motte).
TB: A Gordon 4; S Perez 3; M Moustakas 2; L Cain; O Infante; J Dyson; A Escobar.
GIDP: L Cain (3); P Ciriaco (2).
RBI: M Moustakas 2 (19); S Perez (14); A Gordon (30); L Cain (20).
Team LOB: 4.
With RISP: 3 for 7.
Fielding
DP: 1. A Escobar-O Infante-E Hosmer.

Cardinals Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS
Matt Carpenter 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 .286 .740
Randal Grichuk CF 4 0 1 0 0 3 .167 .485
Matt Holliday LF 3 0 2 0 1 0 .276 .757
Allen Craig 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 .248 .695
Yadier Molina C 3 0 0 0 0 0 .305 .790
Jhonny Peralta SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 .229 .730
   Jason Motte P 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Sam Freeman P 0 0 0 0 0 0
Oscar Taveras RF 3 0 0 0 0 1 .200 .700
Mark Ellis 2B 2 0 0 0 1 0 .165 .451
Shelby Miller P 2 0 0 0 0 1 .130 .384
   Randy Choate P 0 0 0 0 0 0
   Daniel Descalso SS 1 0 0 0 0 1 .167 .446
Team Totals 29 0 3 0 2 6 .103 .265

TB: M Holliday 2; R Grichuk.
GIDP: M Holliday (6).
Team LOB: 4.
With RISP: 0 for 3.
Fielding
DP: 2. D Descalso-M Ellis-A Craig; M Carpenter-M Ellis-A Craig.
E: R Grichuk (1); J Peralta (6).

Royals Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
Danny Duffy, W (3-5) 6 1 0 0 1 5 0 3.05 85 55
Kelvin Herrera, H (3) 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1.61 14 10
Wade Davis 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1.42 20 10
Aaron Crow 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.92 12 6
Team Totals 9 3 0 0 2 6 0 0.00 131 81
Cardinals Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Pit Str
Shelby Miller, L (6-5) 7 7 4 4 1 2 1 4.06 95 64
Randy Choate 0.1 0 1 1 1 0 0 7.16 9 5
Jason Motte 0.2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1.35 8 6
Sam Freeman 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 6 5
Team Totals 9 9 6 5 2 2 1 5.00 118 80

S Miller faced 1 batter in the 8th inning.
Balks: None.
WP: D Duffy (2); S Miller 2 (3).
HBP: None.
IBB: None.
Pickoffs: None.

Tags: Alex Gordon Danny Duffy Kansas City Royals Salvador Perez

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