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

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. The Royals open a 10-game trip Friday in Minnesota, starting RHP Nathan Karns.

Mike Moustakas hot his tenth homer of the year in the fifth that gave Duffy plenty of support.

From Duffy's first pitch Thursday, this was his game. The Royals didn't lead in either of those games.

After retiring his first nine batters, six by strikeout, Jacoby Ellsbury reached base with a well-timed bunt.

Three innings later, Montgomery surrendered his second three-run homer in as many starts (Brian McCann hit the other), throwing a slider to Mike Moustakas that didn't slide. Royals CF Lorenzo Cain stole his American League-leading 11th base in the first inning.

A new winning streak is alive and well for the New York Yankees, as they took their second game in a row on the road against the struggling Kansas City Royals.

Hosmer got it started with a leadoff walk and one out later Jorge Bonifacio walked.

Danny Duffy was dealing early and often in the KC Royals series-salvaging victory against the Yankees Thursday night.

When third baseman Chase Headley fielded Jorge Soler's grounder on a big hop, an easy double play was in order. Last Sunday, he pitched 3 2/3 shutout innings in Game 1 of a doubleheader against Houston, allowing one hit while fanning three.

Drew Butera punched a line single to right, perhaps too hard to score Soler from second. But second baseman Starlin Castro couldn't get a good grip on the ball as he was transferring it out of his glove, and was forced to throw a bouncer to first baseman Chris Carter, who couldn't scoop it out of the dirt. With Jordan Montgomery set to face Danny Duffy in the pitching matchup, the over/under now sits at 8.5 runs.

The Yankees have one more game against Kansas City before they head to Tampa to play the Rays.

That brought up Moustakas.

Vargas had been unbeaten in his last 10 home starts. But seven of Moustakas' first eight blasts were of the solo variety.

But instead of relying on the three-run homer, the Yankees have lengthened their lineup with top-to-bottom production.

Off the bat, it looked like a no-doubter, but the ball, hit into a strong wind, cleared the right-field wall with a few feet to spare.

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