Jun 19, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy (41) pitches in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Royals win streak ends at 10 in 2-1 loss

All good things must come to an end.

The Kansas City Royals dropped a 2-1 decision to the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park Thursday afternoon, ending their 10-game winning streak.
The loss dropped the Royals’ lead back to only a half-game over the Tigers. Yet the Royals have to be satisfied going home with a first-place lead.
Danny Duffy (4-6, 2.80) took the loss in tossing seven strong innings, going over 100 pitches for the first time this year. He retired the last 10 batters he faced, but would like to have back the home run pitch he threw to J.D. Martinez in the sixth inning along with pitch to Miguel Cabrera that resulted in a run-scoring double in that same frame.

Otherwise, Duffy allowed only three hits and struck out five in doing his part to keep the game close.
Anibal Sanchez (3-2, 2.44) did one better in notching the victory, allowing only one run in seven innings. He gave up five hits, with no strikeouts and no walks allowed.
The Royals put together two double in the first for one run. Nori Aoki led off the game with a double and Billy Butler picked him up with a two-out double for the game’s first run.
It was all the Royals, who seemingly couldn’t help but score over their 10-game winning streak, could conjure up.

NOTABLES: The Royals 10-game winning streak came to an end.
Alex Gordon sat out the game due to a case of the flu.
Joe Nathan struck out all three Royals he faced for his fourteenth save.
Danny Duffy lowered his earned run average to 2.80.
Joe Nathan has 41 saves lifetime against the Royals. The Royals have never beater Nathan.
Anibal Sanchez has started six games against the Royals and not allowed more than one run in any of those starts.
The Royals went 8-1 against division opponents in their last nine division games.

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  • jimfetterolf

    Last two games have been four good pitchers executing solid game plans. Now we find out if Sveum and the hitters can adjust to the adjustments opposing pitchers are making. Duffy’s turning into a stud.

  • Debby Lamb

    I agree. The last couple of games have had phenomenal pitching from both sides. We’ve needed these past couple of games to prove we could still compete in a low scoring affair. Now to return to the K and beat up on the Mariners.

  • moretrouble

    We saw the two best teams in the AL Central square off this week … the last two games were quality baseball. It was a pleasure watching these two teams go after each other the last two days. If Verlander and Scherzer get untracked, then perhaps the Tigers are a bit better … but not much. Kansas City was impressive in the series. I like KC’s ballclub very much.