Kansas City Royals Shut Down Toronto Blue Jays in 3-0 Victory


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It may not have been exactly the type of start that Danny Duffy typically had last year, but for the Kansas City Royals, it was still an encouraging step in the right direction. Duffy pitched six shutout innings while the bullpen took care of the rest in the Royals 3-0 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Kansas City got on the board in the bottom of the second. Salvador Perez led off the inning with a base hit to left center, and moved to second on a groundout. Alex Rios followed with a double to the gap in left center, plating Perez with the game’s first run. A wild pitch moved Rios up to third, but the Royals were unable to bring him home, keeping the score at 1-0.

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The Royals added to that lead in the fourth, working more of their patented two out magic. Rios singled, and stole second, his 250th stolen base in his illustrious major league career. After a walk to Jarrod Dyson, Alcides Escobar singled to plate Rios, giving the Royals a 2-0 lead.

While he was a bit shaky at times, that was all the support that Danny Duffy needed. The Kansas City Royals starter worked through trouble, keeping the Blue Jays batters off balance. In those six shutout innings, Duffy allowed four hits and three walks, without recording a strikeout.

Perez homered to lead off the bottom of the eighth, providing more than enough of a margin for the bullpen. The Royals bullpen Cerberus of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland slammed the door, allowing two hits while striking out five over their three innings as Kansas City took the 3-0 victory.

Eirc Hosmer may be breaking out of that cold streak he was in, as he went 4-4 with a double in the Royals victory.

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