Johnny Giavotella hit a two-run double off Matt Thornton in the seventh inning to put the Royals on top and Jeff Francoeur hit his first homer of the season, leading the Royals to a 9-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
The Royals were down 1-0 and were in their bullpen after just three batters when lefty Danny Duffy came out of the game after facing three batters. Duffy told manager Ned Yost he had tightness in his elbow and was lifted from the game. Duffy flew back to Kansas City for more tests.
Luis Mendoza came in and pitched 5 2/3 innings, keeping the Royals in the game while they struggled to score against former teammate Philip Humber. Mendoza (2-2) allowed one run and seven hits, struck out four and walked two.