It appeared Royals fans were going to be in for another long evening as Chicago scored twice in the first inning, but Danny Duffy settled in and had the curveball working for Kansas City on Tuesday evening, enabling the Royals to earn a 4-2 victory over the visiting White Sox.
Duffy had arguably his best outing for the Royals in his brief stint thus far, going seven innings while allowing just two runs on five hits. He struck out six while walking just two. Duffy picked up the win to move to 2-5 on the season. The victory was the first home win for the rookie left-hander.
Kansas City got one run back in the bottom of the second as Alcides Escobar grounded out to score Eric Hosmer from third to make the score 2-1 at the time.
Matt Treanor gave the Royals the lead in the sixth with a big two-run single after Billy Butler singled and Jeff Francoeur doubled to start the rally against Chicago pitcher Jake Peavy, who fell to 4-4 with the loss.
Melky Cabrera provided Kansas City with another final run in the seventh inning on a solo home run to left. He now has 12 home runs and 54 RBI in his bounce back season for the center fielder who has been mentioned among the hot names in July trade rumors.
Greg Holland pitched a perfect eighth inning, touching 98 miles-per-hour on the stadium radar gun, and Joakim Soria finished off Chicago in the ninth for his 17th save as the Royals moved to 39-58.
Cabrera, Hosmer, and Treanor all collected two hits each in the victory.
Down on the farm, one evening after Luis Mendoza pitched a complete game no-hitter for Triple-A Omaha, Will Smith and Kelvin Herrera combined for a no-hitter for Double-A Northwest Arkansas. The Naturals were on the road facing the Arkansas Travelers, and affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels. Smith went seven inning and threw 101 pitches, striking out five and walking two. In the sixth inning Smith walked two batters, but the defense picked him up with a triple play.
Herrera was perfect over the final two innings with two strikeouts in the win. For Northwest Arkansas, it was the first no-hitter in team history.