"Sometimes it's just the luck of the draw," Duffy said. "I've had
many games in my career where they bailed me out of a six-run loss."
Duffy thought he was perhaps headed to another one of those nights
Monday night against the Cardinals, when he allowed only a
first-inning single to Matt Holliday but still found himself locked
in a scoreless duel against Shelby Miller through six innings.
That was when his teammates finally broke out, scoring three runs in
the seventh in what turned out to be a 6-0 victory.
The three-run outburst matched the total number of runs the Royals
had scored in 33 innings in Duffy's six starts this season when he
was on the mound.
Alex Gordon put the Royals ahead with a home run leading off the
inning, and after two singles and a wild pitch, Mike Moustakas laced
a two-run double. The three runs snapped a scoreless streak of 17
consecutive innings by the Royals.
Moustakas was just happy the rally came in time to get a win for
Duffy, who struck out five and walked one before being lifted for a
pinch-hitter in the seventh as he raised his record to 3-5.
"He threw phenomenal," Moustakas said. "That's a good hitting team
over there and to do what he did against a team of that caliber was
a phenomenal performance by him."
Manager Ned Yost agreed.
"At the end of the game, I told him, 'You pitched a great game. You
didn't throw a great game, you pitched a great game,'" Yost said.
"He changed speeds, he kept the ball down. He was just on top of his
A three-run eighth against the Cardinals bullpen sealed the victory
and three Kansas City relievers allowed only two hits over the final
three innings as the Royals recorded only their second shutout of
the Cardinals in 77 interleague games. The other time was in 2011.
Getting shut out is not new for the Cardinals these days, as their
offense has failed to match its record-setting performance from
2013. They were shut out for the second consecutive game at home,
the first time that has happened since 1992, and for the first time
since a doubleheader against Cincinnati on July 11, 1937, they were
shut out in consecutive games by six runs or more, having lost 8-0
to the Giants on Sunday.
The Cardinals have managed only 16 combined hits in their last four
games, and equaled a franchise record with their fourth consecutive
game with five hits or less.
"This isn't how we're going to win games," said manager Mike
Matheny. "We've got to find something. This isn't working.
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"We've had lots of meetings. We've had the conversations we need to
have. We just have to get better. ... It would be nice if we could
put our finger on it and fix it. I think it's a lot of different
things. We're just in one of those spots and we're going to have to
work our way through it."
The Cardinals have been shut out six times in their first 58 games
and have scored only 218 runs, ninth in the NL. Their current
scoreless streak has reached 29 innings.
"This is an offense I know that takes a lot of pride in how they go
about their at-bats, and it's amazing, because you see the work they
are putting into it, but it comes down to production," Matheny said.
"We just have to work our way through it and find a way to get
Holliday had two of the Cardinals' three hits, the other a single by
Randal Grichuk in the ninth inning.
"We know that we are good hitters," said catcher Yadier Molina, who
was 0-for-3 and is now in a personal 2-for-21 slump. "Sometimes
those things are going to happen."
NOTES: Tests on Lance Lynn's right knee were negative, and the
right-hander is expected to be ready for his next scheduled start,
Friday night in Toronto, the Cardinals announced. Lynn was injured
on a play at first base in Sunday's loss to the San Francisco
Giants. ... 1B Allen Craig left Sunday's game after being hit in the
head by a pitch, but he was back in the Cardinals' starting lineup
Monday. ... The Royals purchased the contract of RHP Wilking
Rodriguez from Triple-A Omaha, and they optioned RHP Louis Coleman
to the minor league team. To open a spot on the 40-man roster, Omaha
LHP Justin Marks was designed for assignment. ... Monday night was
the start of a stretch of nine consecutive games against AL
opponents for the Cardinals, who will play in Toronto and Tampa Bay
following four games against Kansas City.
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