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

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He tossed seven innings of three-hit ball, Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer and the Royals beat the New York Yankees 5-1 to avoid a three-game sweep.

Duffy (3-3) struck out a season best 10 while walking two and earning his first win since April 14, against the Angels.

Montgomery has allowed four homers, walked 18 and struck out 37 in 39.1 innings in 2017.

The Yankees head to Tampa Bay to face the Rays for a four game set, then they head back to NY to play Kansas City for another four games at home.

"He kept his pitch count down and really gave us seven strong innings", Royals manager Ned Yost said. But first baseman Chris Carter couldn't cleanly glove Starlin Castro's one-hop throw.

Montgomery proceeded to set down the next seven batters he faced before Merrifield's leadoff single in the fifth.

It would be tough to choose my favorite inning from Duffy.

Duffy, who had been 0-3 with two no-decisions in his last five starts, was lifted after 108 pitches. The misplay ended up costing the Yankees a pair of runs, as Whit Merrifield and Drew Butera delivered back-to-back RBI singles with two outs in the frame. "The second time through, we got to him". If you're healthy, keep grinding it out, don't give away at-bats, I think it's going to be good, " said Castro, concentrating more on driving the ball to center and right and being more patient at the plate.

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It took the New York Yankees four innings to spoil that. "I've got to do better". Finally, Duffy recovered from an error and a walk by inducing a first-pitch double play ball and a strikeout in the fifth.

After two nights of watching Yankees circle the bases, the Royals needed a line in the sand pitching performance and got one from Duffy in a 5-1 victory on Thursday.

"Pineda (4-2), who lost to the Royals twice last season, was removed in the seventh after giving up a single to Brandon Moss and third baseman Chase Headley committed two errors, fielding and throwing, on one play".

Alex Rodriguez made his color commentating debut as Fox Sports broadcast the game. Yankees manager Joe Girardi opted to start LF Brett Gardner Wednesday because he's "been hot" over Jacoby Ellsbury, who will start Thursday.

"When you have a lot of scoring like that, you feel pretty good", Pineda said.

The Yankees entered the game leading the big leagues with a plus-59 run differential, and they added to it on a windy night at Kauffman Stadium.

Yankees RHP Luis Severino will start Friday night's series opener at Tampa Bay.

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