ST. LOUIS (AP) Danny Duffy worked six innings of one-hit ball and Alex Gordon homered to start a breakout three-run seventh for the Kansas City Royals in a 6-0 victory over the suddenly punchless St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.
The Royals had just two singles off Shelby Miller in a game that had been scoreless before they opened the seventh with four straight hits. Gordon’s fifth homer ended a 15-inning scoreless drought and Mike Moustakas capped the rally with a two-run double.
Matt Holliday had two singles and a walk for the Cardinals, who have been shut out in consecutive games and have single-digit hit totals the last four games.
Duffy struck out five and walked one, rebounding from consecutive losses in which he surrendered 10 earned runs in 10 innings.
Game two of the four-game I-70 series is Tuesday night at Busch Stadium with a 6:15pm first pitch. Coverage begins at 5:30 on NewsRadio 1350 KMAN from the Royals Radio Network. The action then shifts to Kansas City for the next two nights.