The Royals notched their second straight win on Sunday afternoon, blasting the Chicago White Sox 10-3 at Kauffman Stadium. Kendrys Morales slammed a two-run home run in the sixth inning to record his 1000th career hit.
The Kansas City Royals won 8-2 on Sunday night to improve to 76-73. Baltimore also won on Sunday to remain 6.0 games ahead of Kansas City in the wild card chase, but the Blue Jays trail the Angels 1-0 as this report was posted. KC sits 5.5 games behind Toronto pending the outcome of their game.
Kendrys Morales powered the KC offense by going 3 for 5 with a double and a home run with four RBIs. One day after Ned Yost recorded his 1000th career win as a manager, Morales passed his 1000th hit milestone.
Danny Duffy won his 12th game of the season (12-2) by going 7.0 innings, allowing 8 hits, 1 walk, and 3 earned runs with 8 strikeouts. He left the game leading 8-2 after allowing two hits to open the eighth inning.
Rookie reliever Kevin McCarthy allowed a two-out single to Avisail Garcia, but he managed to end the eighth inning by striking out second baseman Carlos Sanchez. Peter Moylan cleaned up with a scoreless ninth inning.
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Kendrys Morales kicked off the scoring for the Kansas City Royals with an RBI single in the first to drive in Paulo Orlando from second base. KC plated three runs in the second inning on Alex Gordon‘s solo home run (16), Whit Merrifield‘s RBI single, and a fielder’s choice by Eric Hosmer.
Kansas City added two more runs on Eric Hosmer’s RBI single and Morales’ RBI double in the fourth. KC scored another pair in the sixth with Morales’ 28th home run of the season. In the ninth, Whit Merrifield then doubled home Billy Burns from first. Eric Hosmer finished up the scoring with a second fielder’s choice to bring home Merrifield.
At this point, Kansas City needs a miracle to earn their third straight post-season bid. However, their win on Sunday kept their faint hopes alive. Here’s to 13 more victories in 2016!