When Danny Duffy pitches, the Royals win. They are now 14-3 in games he starts and it was the first complete game of Duffy’s career as he improved to 9-1 on the year after a 2-1 victory over the White Sox, Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Duffy started in the bullpen and now leads the American League with a 2.82 ERA.
Duffy limited the White Sox to seven singles, struck out six and walked none. The left-hander has not lost since June 6 and has a 1.73 ERA in his past five starts. Duffy threw 98 pitches, 71 for strikes.
“I’m stoked,” Duffy said on getting his first complete game. “I’ve gotten pretty close a couple of times this year.”
The Royals offense came through with a pair of runs in the sixth. Cheslor Cuthbert had two of Kansas City’s four hits, including an RBI triple, and scored on a single by Eric Hosmer.
The Royals now hit the road for a six-game trip through Minnesota and Detroit. KC takes on the Twins tonight in the first of a three-game series at Target Field. Yordano Ventura starts for the Royals, while Minnesota sends Kyle Gibson to the mound. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m.