Recap:These O’s Still Ain’t Royal

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Danny Duffy and the Royals defeated the Orioles 3-2 Tuesday night in Baltimore and have taken the first two games of this series.

Duffy looked solid, 5 2/3 innings and only two earned runs with five strikeouts and two walks was good enough to improve his record to 7-6 on the year.

His only hiccup coming in the top of the 4th,  all starting with a two-out walk followed by the O’s stringing a couple of singles together. After his last outing in Boston, where it took him 75 pitches to get through three innings, it was nice to see him bounce back strong.

Mike Moustakas continued his hot streak, going 2-3 with an RBI double and a walk. His double off the center field wall in the first was his fifth consecutive extra-base hit.

Kendrys Morales also did his part for the offense tonight, hitting a towering 469 foot home-run into the 2nd tier of fountains in right center field. Let’s not forget about the red-hot (chuckles) Alex Rios either… He extended his hitting streak to 7 games tonight and was actually spotted hustling in the outfield to take away a double from Matt Wieters in the 6th.

One of the biggest plays of the game actually came on the base path though. In the 3rd inning with runners on first and third, Hosmer hit a ball just to the right of 2nd base. With the shift on,  the SS Janish had to make the play. Cain stopped, so not to let Janish tag him out, meaning his only play was to first base. Cain made his way to second on the throw to first and the run scored, which would prove to be the deciding run in the game.

Tomorrow the Royals (77-48) will send Johnny Cueto (2-2 3.00 ERA) to the mound and look to take three of the first four from the Orioles (62-63) as they send Wei-Yin Chen (7-6 3.13 ERA) to the bump.

 

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