Danny Duffy pitched for the first time since throwing one pitch on September 6th and threw six shutout innings as the Royals moved within one game of first-place Detroit and built a two game lead in the wild card race, beating the Indians 2-0 on Monday night.
The Royals grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first when Eric Hosmer singled in Nori Aoki. Duffy got out of a bases-loaded jam in the first and held the Indians to just six hits. He gave up three hits in the first two innings but just three more over the next four. His previous start against Cleveland was the game that wound up being suspended. The Royals lost that yesterday 4-3.
Kansas City took a 2-0 lead in the fifth on Alcides Escobar’s RBI single. Brandon Finnegan pitched the seventh, Wade Davis the eighth and Greg Holland got save 44 as the trio allowed one hit, a walk and four strikeouts. Davis’ ERA is 0.90.