Duffy's arm helps Royals to 1-0 victory over Orioles, Angels rout Rays in 6-0 showdown
May 19, 2014, 12:02 am TWN
KANSAS CITY, Missouri -- Danny Duffy carried a perfect game into the seventh inning and Billy Butler drove in the only run as the Kansas City Royals held on to beat the Baltimore Orioles 1-0 Saturday.
The 25-year-old Duffy (2-3) retired the first 20 batters he faced, rarely running the count to three balls and flirting with the first perfect game in franchise history. Adam Jones finally ended it with a weak groundball up the middle with two outs in the seventh.
Duffy bounced back to get Chris Davis on a fly out to end the inning, then gave up a single to Nelson Cruz to start the eighth. Wade Davis retired the next three batters, and All-Star closer Greg Holland survived a bases-loaded jam in the ninth for his 11th save.
Bud Norris (2-4) was the hard-luck loser, allowing four hits and a walk in 7 1-3 innings.
Angels 6, Rays 0 C.J. Wilson scattered five hits in his second career shutout and Grant Green homered, leading the Angels over the Rays.
Wilson (5-3) threw 127 pitches, struck out five and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh by inducing his third double-play grounder of the game.
Cesar Ramos (1-3) lasted only 35 pitches, getting charged with four runs and four hits through 1 1-3 innings in his seventh start since he was inserted into the rotation to replace the injured Matt Moore.
Albert Pujols had a run-scoring double to end an RBI drought of nine games and 39 at-bats.
Blue Jays 4, Rangers 2 Kevin Pillar and Jose Reyes had eighth-inning doubles to give the Blue Jays the lead as Toronto beat Texas.
Right-hander Steve Delabar (3-0) retired four straight, including striking out the side in the eighth, to earn the victory.
Toronto has won three straight while Texas has lost four in a row.
Pillar hit a cue shot down the right field line off left-handed reliever Neal Cotts (1-3). Reyes' two-out dunker into right off Cotts scored Pillar.
Jose Bautista homered.
Athletics 6, Indians 2 Brandon Moss hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs and Josh Donaldson also had three RBIs, helping the Athletics overcome starter Scott Kazmir's ejection in the second inning to beat the Indians.
Dan Otero (4-0) relieved Kazmir and pitched 3 2-3 scoreless innings to help seal Oakland's eighth win in nine games.