Ranking the Royals: 1-0 Victories in Franchise History

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1-0 Victories

On August 23, 2016, the Royals played their first game of a three-game series against the Marlins in Miami. The Royals won the game, their ninth in a row, by the score of 1-0. This game was the 7,602nd game in franchise history and the result of this game was quite a rare event. A victory by a score of 1-0 has only occurred 62 times in franchise history, less than 1% of the games that have ever been played. The last time this happened was on September 5, 2014 when James Shields and Wade Davis combined for a 1-0 shutout of the Yankees in New York.

The following is a list of every game in Royals history won with a 1-0 victory:

1. July 2, 1969 – California Angels
Bill Butler – 9 innings (complete game win); 4 hits, 2 walks, 6 KOs
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Bob Oliver – GWRBI, scoring Pat Kelly on a force out in the 1st inning
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2. September 13, 1969 – at Minnesota Twins
Roger Nelson – 1 inning; 1 walk
Mike Hedlund – 6 innings; 2 hits, 4 walks, 8 KOs
Moe Drabowsky – 2 innings (win); 2 walks, 1 KO
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Ed Kirkpatrick – GWRBI, scoring Mike Fiore with a hit in the 9th inning
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3. May 13, 1970 – at Cleveland Indians
Bill Butler – 10 innings; 3 hits, 4 walks, 7 KOs
Al Fitzmorris – 1 inning (win); 1 hit, 1 walk
Ken Wright – 1 inning (save); 1 KO
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Hawk Taylor – GWRBI, scoring Joe Keough with a double in the 12th inning
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4. July 5, 1971 (2nd Game) – Chicago White Sox
Jim Rooker – 9 innings (complete game win); 3 hits, 3 walks, 4 KOs
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Amos Otis – GWRBI, scoring Freddie Patek on a single in the 1st inning
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5. July 6, 1971 – at Milwaukee Brewers
Dick Drago – 9 innings (complete game win); 6 hits, 1 walk, 4 KOs
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Cookie Rojas – GWRBI, scoring Paul Schaal on a sacrifice fly in the 4th inning
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6. July 15, 1971 – Cleveland Indians
Dick Drago – 9 innings (complete game win); 8 hits, 1 walk, 2 KOs
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Lou Piniella – GWRBI, scoring Dick Drago on a single in the 5th inning
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7. August 11, 1971 – at Washington Senators
Paul Splittorff – 5 innings (complete game win); 5 hits, 5 KOs
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Cookie Rojas – GWRBI, scoring Joe Keough on a sacrifice fly in the 1st inning
(Game called due to rain)
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8. June 9, 1972 – New York Yankees
Jim Rooker – 9 innings (complete game win); 4 hits, 3 walks, 5 KOs
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Paul Schaal – GWRBI, scoring Cookie Rojas on a single in the 7th inning
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9. June 11, 1972 – New York Yankees
Dick Drago – 9 innings (complete game win); 9 hits, 2 walks, 4 KOs
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Amos Otis – GWRBI, scoring Lou Piniella on a single in the 7th inning
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10. July 4, 1972 – Detroit Tigers
Roger Nelson – 9 innings (complete game win); 9 hits, 1 walk, 4 KOs
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Amos Otis scored due to an error by Detroit pitcher Bill Slayback in the 1st inning
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11. July 14, 1972 – at Detroit Tigers
Bruce Dal Canton – 7 innings (win); 3 hits, 4 walks, 3 KOs
Tom Burgmeier – 1/3 innings (hold)
Ken Wright – 1 2/3 innings (save); 1 hit, 2 KOs
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John Mayberry – GWRBI, scoring Amos Otis on a single in the 4th inning
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12. July 31, 1972 – at California Angels
Roger Nelson – 9 innings (complete game win); 3 hits, 1 walk, 9 KOs
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Amos Otis stole home plate in the 4th inning
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13. July 26, 1973 (Game 2) – Chicago White Sox
Paul Splittorff – 9 innings (complete game win); 3 hits, 3 walks, 5 KOs
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Hawk Taylor – GWRBI, scoring Steve Hovley on a single in the 5th inning
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14. June 11, 1974 – Milwaukee Brewers
Al Fitzmorris – 9 innings (complete game win); 8 hits, 1 KOs
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Amos Otis – GWRBI, scoring Freddie Patek on a single in the 3rd inning
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15. September 7, 1974 – Minnesota Twins
Al Fitzmorris – 9 innings (complete game win); 8 hits, 5 walks, 7 KOs
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John Mayberry – GWRBI, scoring Vada Pinson on a sacrifice hit in the 1st inning
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16. June 29, 1976 – at Minnesota Twins
Al Fitzmorris – 10 innings (complete game win); 5 hits, 1 walk, 4 KOs
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Freddie Patek – GWRBI, scoring Hal McRae on a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning
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17. July 9, 1976 – at Detroit Tigers
Dennis Leonard – 9 innings (complete game win); 4 hits, 8 KOs
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Hal McRae – GWRBI, scoring George Brett on a single in the 4th inning
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18. July 2, 1977 – at Cleveland Indians
Andy Hassler – 9 innings (complete game win); 1 hit, 4 KOs
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Pete LaCock – GWRBI, scoring Hal McRae on a single in the 6th inning
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19. July 4, 1977 – at Texas Rangers
Jim Colborn – 8 1/3 innings (win); 7 hits, 3 walks, 7 KOs
Mark Littell – 2/3 innings (save)
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Tom Poquette – GWRBI, scoring Frank White on a single in the 5th inning
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20. October 1, 1978 – Minnesota Twins
Larry Gura – 3 innings; 2 walks, 4 KOs
George Throop – 3 innings (win); 2 hits, 3 walks, 2 KOs
Randy McGilberry – 1 inning
Steve Mingori – 1 inning
Bill Paschall – 1 inning (save); 1 KO
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Art Kusnyer – GWRBI, scoring Amos Otis on a single in the 4th inning
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21. May 14, 1979 – at Seattle Mariners
Rich Gale – 9 innings (complete game win); 5 hits, 4 walks, 1 KO
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Pete LaCock – GWRBI, scoring George Brett on a sacrifice fly in the 8th inning
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22. August 25, 1979 – Boston Red Sox
Dennis Leonard – 9 innings (complete game win); 4 hits, 2 walks, 4 KOs
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Willie Wilson – GWRBI with a leadoff inside-the-park home run in the first inning
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23. September 3, 1979 – at Minnesota Twins
Dennis Leonard – 9 innings (complete game win); 4 hits, 1 walk, 9 KOs
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U L Washington – GWRBI, scoring Darrell Porter on a single in the 8th inning
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24. May 20, 1980 – Oakland Athletics
Rich Gale – 7 innings (win); 5 hits, 3 walks, 5 KOs
Gary Christenson – 1 inning (hold); 1 KO
Dan Quisenberry – 1 inning (save)
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Willie Aikens – GWRBI, scoring U L Washington on a single in the 4th inning
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25. May 23, 1981 – Minnesota Twins
Paul Splittorff – 11 innings; 6 hits, 2 walks, 6 KOs
Renie Martin – 4 innings (win); 2 hits, 1 walk, 3 KOs
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Willie Wilson – GWRBI, scoring Danny Garcia on a walk-off single in the 15th inning
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26. June 23, 1982 – at Oakland Athletics
Larry Gura – 9 innings (complete game win); 4 hits, 3 walks, 4 KOs
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U L Washington – GWRBI, scoring Dennis Werth on a single in the 9th inning
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27. August 14, 1982 – at Detroit Tigers
Larry Gura – 9 innings (complete game win); 7 hits, 2 walks, 5 KOs
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Greg Pryor – GWRBI, scoring Steve Hammond on a bases-loaded walk in the 9th inning
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28. August 7, 1983 – Boston Red Sox
Gaylord Perry – 7 innings (win); 2 hits, 3 walks, 2 KOs
Dan Quisenberry – 2 innings (save); 1 hit, 1 KO
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Pat Sheridan – GWRBI with a solo home run in the 4th inning
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29. September 14, 1983 – at California Angels
Paul Splittorff – 8 innings; 4 hits, 4 walks, 4 KOs
Dan Quisenberry – 3 innings; 1 hit, 1 KO
Mike Armstrong – 3 innings (win); 1 hit, 1 KO
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Don Slaught – GWRBI, scoring Hal McRae on a single in the 14th inning
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30. May 23, 1984 – Chicago White Sox
Buddy Black – 9 innings (complete game win); 6 hits, 9 KOs
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Frank White – GWRBI, scoring George Brett on a single in the 1st inning
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31. July 11, 1985 – at Cleveland Indians
Danny Jackson – 9 innings (complete game win); 6 hits, 1 walk, 4 KOs
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George Brett – GWRBI with a solo home run in the 1st inning
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32. April 12, 1986 – Toronto Blue Jays
Dennis Leonard – 9 innings (complete game win); 3 hits, 3 KOs
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Jorge Orta – GWRBI, scoring Buddy Biancalana on a double in the 8th inning
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33. April 18, 1986 – at Boston Red Sox
Bret Saberhagen – 9 innings (complete game win); 2 hits, 1 walk, 6 KOs
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Steve Balboni – GWRBI with a solo home run in the 2nd inning
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34. July 24, 1986 – at Detroit Tigers
Scott Bankhead – 7 innings (win); 7 hits, 2 walks, 7 KOs
Buddy Black – 1 2/3 innings (hold); 3 hits, 1 KO
Dan Quisenberry – 1/3 inning (save)
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Lonnie Smith – GWRBI with a solo home run in the 8th inning
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35. September 4, 1986 – Chicago White Sox
Mark Gubicza – 7 1/3 innings; 3 hits, 8 walks, 6 KOs
Steve Farr – 1 2/3 innings (win); 3 KOs
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Lonnie Smith – GWRBI, scoring Kevin Seitzer on a single in the 8th inning
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36. June 12, 1987 – California Angels
Bret Saberhagen – 9 innings (complete game win); 3 hits, 8 KOs
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George Brett – GWRBI, scoring Kevin Seitzer on a double in the 4th inning
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37. August 31, 1988 – Cleveland Indians
Charlie Leibrandt – 9 innings (complete game win); 7 hits, 1 walk, 4 KOs
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Bill Pecota – GWRBI, scoring Danny Tartabull on a sacrifice bunt in the 7th inning
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38. August 14, 1990 – Texas Rangers
Andy McGaffigan – 6 innings; 4 hits, 4 walks, 1 KO
Steve Farr – 3 innings (win); 3 hits, 4 KOs
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Jim Eisenreich – GWRBI, with a solo walk-off home run in the 9th inning
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39. September 17, 1990 – at Minnesota Twins
Steve Farr – 7 innings (win); 4 hits, 4 KOs
Steve Crawford – 1 inning (hold); 1 hit
Jeff Montgomery – 1 inning (save)
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Bo Jackson – GWRBI, scoring Gary Thurman on a single in the 6th inning
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40. April 10, 1991 – Cleveland Indians
Kevin Appier – 8 innings (win); 7 hits, 1 walk, 4 KOs
Jeff Montgomery – 1 inning (save); 2 KOs
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Danny Tartabull – GWRBI, scoring Kevin Seitzer on a single in the 3rd inning
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41. September 18, 1993 – at Seattle Mariners
Kevin Appier – 9 innings (complete game win); 3 hits, 1 walk, 3 KOs
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Felix Jose – GWRBI, with a solo home run in the 3rd inning
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42. June 20, 1995 – Chicago White Sox
Mark Gubicza – 7 innings (win); 2 hits, 5 walks, 4 KOs
Billy Brewer – 1/3 inning (hold); 1 hit
Hipolito Pichardo – 1 2/3 innings (save); 1 hit, 1 KO
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Tom Goodwin – GWRBI, scoring Pat Borders on a single in the 2nd inning
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43. September 21, 1997 – Cleveland Indians
Kevin Appier – 7 innings; 4 hits, 1 walk, 10 KOs
Hipolito Pichardo – 1 inning; 1 hit, 1 walk
Matt Whisenant – 2/3 inning; 1 walk, 1 KO
Brian Bevil – 1/3 inning (win); 1 KO
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Rod Myers – GWRBI, scoring Yamil Benitez on a walk-off single in the 9th inning
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44. April 11, 2003 – at Cleveland Indians
Runelvys Hernandez – 7 innings (win); 7 hits, 2 walks, 4 KOs
Jason Grimsley – 1 inning (hold); 1 KO
Mike MacDougal – 1 inning (save); 1 hit
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Angel Berroa – GWRBI, scoring Dee Brown on a single in the 5th inning
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45. September 1, 2004 – Detroit Tigers
Zack Greinke – 7 innings (win); 3 hits, 5 KOs
Jaime Cerda – 1/3 inning (hold); 1 hit, 1 walk
D..J. Carrasco – 2/3 inning (hold)
Jeremy Affeldt – 1 inning (save); 2 KOs
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Abraham Nunez – GWRBI, scoring Joe Randa on a single in the 4th inning
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46. September 1, 2004 – Minnesota Twins
Mike Wood – 6 innings; 8 hits, 2 walks, 3 KOs
Andy Sisco – 2 innings; 3 hits, 1 KO
Mike MacDougal – 1 inning (win); 2 hits, 1 KO
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Emil Brown – GWRBI, scoring Denny Hocking on a walk-off single in the 9th inning
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47. May 4, 2006 – at Minnesota Twins
Jeremy Affeldt – 5 innings (win); 3 hits, 6 walks, 2 KOs
Joel Peralta – 1 inning (hold); 1 hit
Elmer Dessens – 2 innings (hold); 1 hit, 2 KOs
Ambiorix Burgos – 1 inning (save); 1 KO
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Paul Bako – GWRBI, scoring Emil Brown on a single in the 2nd inning
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48. June 27, 2007 – at Anaheim Angels
Jorge de la Rosa – 6 innings (win); 10 hits, 1 walk, 1 KO
David Riske – 1 inning (hold); 1 KO
Joakim Soria – 1 inning (hold); 1 KO
Octavio Dotel – 1 inning (save); 2 KOs
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Mark Teahen – GWRBI, scoring Joey Gathright on a single in the 3rd inning
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49. August 9, 2007 – Minnesota Twins
Kyle Davies – 6 2/3 innings (win); 3 hits, 2 walks, 5 KOs
Zack Greinke – 2/3 inning (hold); 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 KO
Jimmy Gobble – 1/3 inning (hold)
Joakim Soria – 1 1/3 inning (save); 1 KO
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Jason LaRue – GWRBI, scoring Tony Pena, Jr. on a sacrifice fly in the 3rd inning
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50. June 23, 2010 – at Washington Nationals
Brian Bannister – 6 innings (win); 5 hits, 2 walks, 4 KOs
Rob Tejeda – 2 innings (hold); 1 hit, 3 KOs
Joakim Soria – 1 inning (save); 2 KOs
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Jose Guillen – GWRBI, scoring David DeJesus on a single in the 5th inning
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51. August 15, 2010 – New York Yankees
Brian Bullington- 8 innings (win); 2 hits, 1 walk, 5 KOs
Joakim Soria – 1 inning (save); 1 KO
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Billy Butler – GWRBI, scoring Willie Bloomquist on a single in the 1st inning
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52. June 5, 2012 – Minnesota Twins
Bruce Chen – 7 innings (win); 4 hits, 5 KOs
Greg Holland – 1 inning (hold); 3 KOs
Jonathan Broxton – 1 inning (save); 1 hit, 1 walk
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Tony Pena, Jr. – GWRBI, scoring Eric Hosmer on a single in the 2nd inning
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53. August 21, 2012 – at Tampa Bay Rays
Luke Hochevar – 8 innings; 1 hit, 3 walks, 10 KOs
Kelvin Herrera – 1 inning (win); 1 hit, 1 KO
Greg Holland – 1 inning (save)
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Eric Hosmer – GWRBI, scoring Jeff Francoeur on a single in the 10th inning
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54. August 29, 2012 – Detroit Tigers
Bruce Chen – 8 innings (win); 4 hits, 1 walk, 4 KOs
Greg Holland – 1 inning (save); 2 hits, 2 KOs
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Eric Hosmer – GWRBI, scoring Mike Moustakas on a single in the 4th inning
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55. April 17, 2013 – at Atlanta Braves
Wade Davis – 7 innings (win); 5 hits, 7 KOs
Kelvin Herrera – 1 inning (hold); 1 hit, 1 KO
Greg Holland – 1 inning (save); 3 KOs
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Jeff Francoeur – GWRBI, scoring Alcides Escobar on a single in the 4th inning
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56. July 19, 2012 – Detroit Tigers
Ervin Santana – 7 1/3 innings (win); 2 hits, 1 walk, 6 KOs
Kelvin Herrera – 2/3 inning (hold); 1 KO
Greg Holland – 1 inning (save); 1 KO
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Billy Butler – GWRBI, scoring Alex Gordon on a single in the 1st inning
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57. July 27, 2013 – at Chicago White Sox
Wade Davis – 7 1/3 innings (win); 4 hits, 3 walks, 4 KOs
Louis Coleman – 2/3 inning (hold)
Greg Holland – 1 inning (save); 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 KO
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Lorenzo Cain – GWRBI, scoring Eric Hosmer on a double in the 6th inning
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58. September 14, 2013 – at Detroit Tigers
Ervin Santana – 6 2/3 innings (win); 5 hits, 1 walk, 5 KOs
Will Smith – 1/3 inning (hold)
Luke Hochevar – 1 inning (hold); 1 hit, 1 KO
Greg Holland – 1 inning (save); 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 KO
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Eric Hosmer – GWRBI, scoring Alex Gordon on a triple in the 1st inning
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59. May 17, 2014 – Baltimore Orioles
Danny Duffy – 7 innings (win); 2 hits, 2 KOs
Wade Davis – 1 inning (hold); 2 KOs
Greg Holland – 1 inning (save); 1 hit, 2 walks, 3 KOs
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Billy Butler – GWRBI, scoring Nori Aoki on a single in the 1st inning
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60. August 1, 2014 – at Oakland Athletics
Jeremy Guthrie – 6 innings (win); 3 hits, 2 walks, 6 KOs
Kelvin Herrera – 1 inning (hold); 1 hit, 1 walk, 2 KOs
Wade Davis – 1 inning (hold); 2 KOs
Greg Holland – 1 inning (save); 1 hit, 2 KOs
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Raul Ibanez – GWRBI, with a solo home run in the 5th inning
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61. September 5, 2014 – at New York Yankees
James Shields – 8 1/3 innings (win); 3 hits, 6 KOs
Wade Davis – 2/3 inning (save); 2 KOs
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Nori Aoki – GWRBI, scoring Alcides Escobar on a single in the 3rd inning
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62. August 23, 2016 – at Miami Marlins
Yordano Ventura – 6 innings (win); 6 hits, 6 KOs
Matt Strahm – 1 inning (hold); 1 hit, 2 KOs
Joakim Soria – 1 inning (hold); 1 KO
Kelvin Herrera – 1 inning (save); 1 KO
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Lorenzo Cain – GWRBI, scoring Paulo Orlando on a single in the 6th inning

Tavish Whiting is an American Government teacher in Lee's Summit, MO.

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