CLEVELAND (AP) - The Kansas City Royals’ recent road dominance has grounded to a halt.
Danny Duffy allowed four runs and 10 hits in six innings, and the Royals were shut down by Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber in a 4-1 loss Sunday.
Kansas City dropped the last two games of the series after winning Friday night. It was the first time the Royals lost a road series since dropping two of three games to the Los Angeles Angels from May 23-25. Kansas City is 11-4 on the road since June 2.
Mike Moustakas’ fifth-inning homer accounted for Kansas City’s only run.
Royals manager Ned Yost thought Duffy gave his team a chance to win.
“This was a good outing for Danny,” Yost said. “He kept us in the game. He gave us an opportunity. We were within striking distance. A four-run outing by your starter is not insurmountable.”
Duffy (5-8) had been on a hot stretch entering the game, ranking third among AL starters with a 1.69 ERA over six June outings. The left-hander pitched particularly well on the road, going 3-1 with a 1.05 ERA in four games.
Duffy allowed one home run in June, but gave up two on Sunday, both in the second inning. Carlos Santana, batting right-handed, hit a solo shot into the right-field bullpen to put the Indians up 1-0. Ryan Raburn singled, and Yan Gomes hit his 10th home run on a 1-0 pitch to dead center.
“I can deal with a couple flares and a couple ground balls going for hits,” Duffy said. “I’m not happy with myself about the second inning. I left a lot of pitches up, and that was my Achilles’ heel.”
Duffy struck out six and didn’t walk a batter.
Michael Brantley added an RBI single in the fifth.
The Royals managed only four hits against Kluber (8-6), who struck out 10 in 8 1-3 innings. Jarrod Dyson had an infield single in the third, and Lorenzo Cain had an infield hit in the sixth.
“Everything he was throwing was nasty,” Moustakas said.
“He’s got a really, really good curveball,” Yost said. “He’s got a tremendous fastball that he can get up to 96 (mph) that he can locate very, very well and very consistently. He throws his curveball front door, back door, and has a nice slider that he keeps down in the zone.”
Moustakas also made a couple of impressive plays at third, including a diving stop on a hard-hit ball by Santana in the third to start a double play.