Duffy strikes out eight, Royals top Cardinals to begin I-70 Series

Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Kansas City, Mo., Monday, June 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Danny Duffy matched a career best with eight sharp innings, the Royals kept swinging hot bats and Kansas City routed the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2 on Monday night to open a four-game, two-city series.

Kendrys Morales went 4 for 4 and drove in two runs, and Eric Hosmer also had a pair of RBIs as the Royals roughed up Adam Wainwright (6-5) to snap a four-game losing streak to their cross-state rival.

Duffy (3-1) served up a two-run homer to Matt Holliday in the first before settling into a nice rhythm, keeping the Cardinals off balance with pinpoint control. The left-hander struck out eight and didn’t walk a batter while breezing through a lineup that scored 11 runs the previous day against Seattle.

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