Duffy dominates as Royals top Yankees 5-1 to avoid sweep

Duffy dominates as Royals top Yankees 5-1 to avoid sweep

Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run fourth inning, the Yankees piled up 16 hits and NY rolled to an 11-7 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

While his 2.97 ERA is impressive, it hasn't been an especially great year so far for Duffy, posting a 4.46 SIERA, 19.1 percent strikeout rate, 8.1 percent walk rate and 1.27 WHIP. The big right-hander was shaky throughout but good enough to win for only the second time in 16 road starts.

Holliday and Judge promptly got their base hits in the sixth.

And Starlin Castro, a three-time All-Star with the Cubs, is pushing to make his first AL All-Star team, batting.351 and believing he can contend for a batting title.

The New York Yankees arrived in Kansas City leading the American League in a number of offensive categories and are beefing up their numbers at the expense of the Royals' pitching staff.

OUR PREDICTION: The Yankees are a flawless 4-0 in their last four games in Kansas City and 75-34 in their last 109 meetings with the Royals.

The Yankees were 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position. Gardner went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

It would be tough to choose my favorite inning from Duffy.

When third baseman Chase Headley fielded Jorge Soler's grounder on a big hop, an easy double play was in order. The Royals were also swept by the Twins in a rain-shortened two-game set at Kauffman Stadium.

They routed the Royals 7-1 in the series opener Tuesday night. It was the first time he allowed more than three runs in a start. Then, he threw widely of first base to allow the lead runner to go from second to third.

Alex Rodriguez made his color commentating debut as Fox Sports broadcast the game.

"NOTES: Royals RHP Ian Kennedy, who is on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain, will likely be activated Saturday for a start at Minnesota". "Things are looking pretty good", manager Ned Yost said.

Jordan Montgomery accepted responsibility for his subpar outing on Thursday night, sounding more like an accomplished veteran than a 24-year-old rookie with all of seven career starts under his belt. He was battered by Houston in his last start Friday night.

Duffy had five strikeouts in the first two innings and got RBI hits from Whit Merrifield and Drew Butera to put the Royals on top 2-0. Duffy is just 1-2 with a 7.29 ERA in seven appearances against NY.

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