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Big inning backs dominant Duffy to clinch series Royals capitalize on White Sox miscues in five-run fourth frame

Associated Press - June 14, 2014 5:35 pm

Eric Hosmer (right) greets Lorenzo Cain at home plate after Cain's game-tying homerun in the ninth inning on Wednesday.

Royals 5, Angels 4

The Royals put together a five-run inning for the second consecutive game, and Danny Duffy did the rest.

Duffy tossed seven-plus strong innings to vault Kansas City to its sixth consecutive win, a 9-1 triumph over the White Sox on Saturday before 24,527 at sunny U.S. Cellular Field.

More importantly for Duffy, he demolished any lingering doubts remaining from the last time he pitched here. In his only other start at U.S. Cellular Field on May 13, 2012, Duffy sustained an elbow injury that resulted in Tommy John surgery.

Meanwhile, the Royals offense was opportunistic, if not effective. It took advantage of a key error by third baseman Leury Garcia in the fourth that opened the gates for three unearned runs. The five-run outburst in that frame backed Duffy, who tied a career high with nine strikeouts.

Billy Butler walked, and Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez followed with singles to load the bases with nobody out opening up the fourth. Lorenzo Cain then chopped a grounder to third that went between the legs of Garcia, scoring two runs.

Mike Moustakas drove home a run with a bloop single to left that the wind blew toward the infield and out of the reach of a diving Dayan Viciedo. He scored two batters later on Nori Aoki’s double play grounder, and Omar Infante capped the scoring with an RBI single.

Moustakas’ third hit was his most emphatic. With two outs in the eighth, Moustakas clobbered a fastball from Scott Downs into the seats in right for his sixth homer and a 6-0 Royals lead.

Kansas City wasn’t done, as it added three more off the White Sox bullpen in the ninth. Eric Hosmer drove an RBI double to th gap in left-center, then Butler followed with a two-run blast to extend the lead to 9-0.

Joe Popely is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.