It was tough to know what to expect from Danny Duffy tonight, as he was making his first start since September 6 due to left rotator cuff inflammation. However, he showed little in the way of rust.
Duffy tossed six scoreless innings as the Royals defeated the Indians 2-0 at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The southpaw gave up six hits and two walks while striking out five. Brandon Finnegan, Wade Davis, and Greg Holland followed with three scoreless innings to lock down the victory.
Carlos Carrasco pitched a solid game in his own right, striking out nine batters over his 7 1/3 innings of work, but Eric Hosmer delivered an RBI single in the first inning and Alcides Escobar added another run with an infield single in the fifth.
The Tigers lost 2-0 to the White Sox tonight, so the Royals are now just one game back in the American League Central with six games remaining for both teams. The Mariners got blown out by the Blue Jays tonight, so they are now two games back of the Royals in the Wild Card race. Meanwhile, the Indians are 3 1/2 games behind the Royals.