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CHICAGO -- Danny Duffy couldnt help but think about his last start at U. Rasmus Sandin Jersey .S. Cellular Field. The Kansas City Royals left-hander matched a career high with nine strikeouts and scattered five hits over seven-plus shutout innings in a 9-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday. His previous outing in Chicago didnt go well at all. Duffy injured his elbow in the first inning on May 13, 2012. Soon after he had Tommy John surgery and missed about a year. "Ive been waiting to come back here for a long time," Duffy said. "Its just nice to come out and do my job in this city and in this setting." The victory was the sixth straight for the Royals while the White Sox dropped their ninth in 10 games against Kansas City. Royals manager Ned Yost said there was a lot to like about Duffys complete effort. "For four innings he was really efficient, he really kept his pitch count down," Yost said. "He had everything working: his fastball, his breaking ball, had a good changeup and had a really, really good defence behind him." Mike Moustakas homered among his three hits as the Royals won their second straight in this weekend series. The Royals scored five times in the fourth -- four with none out -- to chase Chicago starter Hector Noesi (2-5). Noesi allowed five runs -- two earned -- and eight hits while walking one and striking out four. "To be able to put five runs on the board was big," Yost said. "Weve and a couple of big innings the last week or 10 days. Early in the year we get something going we get one or two out of it. Now that were swinging the bats better were getting four or five." Duffy last struck out nine on June 19, 2011, at St. Louis. Hes now 2-0 against Chicago. Duffy departed in the eighth inning after a leadoff single by Adam Eaton. White Sox designated hitter Paul Konerko spoiled the shutout with a homer off Michael Mariot to open the ninth. Two runs scored in the five-run fourth when third baseman Leury Garcia bobbled Lorenzo Cains grounder for an error. Moustakas then singled to shallow centre for another run. Alcides Escobars base hit extended his hitting streak to a career-high 12 games and loaded the bases for the second time in the inning. The Royals fourth run came on Nori Aokis double-play grounder. Omar Infante lined a two-out single to left, driving in Moustakas for a 5-0 lead. Noesi was chased in favour of right-hander reliever Javy Guerra with two outs in the fourth. "Hector, hes been good for us and hes always given us a chance, but we have to help him out on occasion," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "If were not helping him on defence, its going to make a difference. Thats a recipe to lose a game in a hurry." Moustakas homer in the eighth inning was his sixth of the season. He finished with two RBIs and two runs scored. Eric Hosmer had an RBI double to left to start a three-run ninth. Butlers one-out homer to right made it 9-0. Despite giving up an eighth inning single to Eaton, Duffys shutout was preserved after Eaton was thrown out at home on a throw by Aoki in a play overturned following a review. NOTES: Escobar was in Saturdays lineup despite having cramps and leaving Fridays game after extending his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games with a ninth inning double. . Kansas City has scored first in each game of its current six-game winning streak. . Royals right-hander James Shields (7-3, 3.44 ERA) makes his 15th start of the season in Sundays series finale against White Sox right-hander Andre Rienzo (4-3, 5.25 ERA), making his 11th start. . After going 63-99 in 2013, Ventura is pleased to have his team in contention this year, but he wont project beyond Saturday. "Were not going to look that far down the road," he said. "Were better off focusing on what were doing today." Connor Carrick Jersey . -- Ryan Millers debut for the St. Tiger Williams Jersey . -- Michael Phelps is 0 for 1 in his comeback to the pool. http://www.officialmapleleafsfanstore.co...fs-jersey/ . Bryant underwent an operation in December to correct an irregular heartbeat. His season ended with four games left because of a rapid heartbeat, a condition he has known about for several years and had been treated for in the past.(SportsNetwork.com) - The Utah Jazz have won two straight on this current road trip and will continue the odyssey Saturday night at Time Warner Cable Arena against the Charlotte Hornets. After going 1-12, the Jazz swept a trip through Florida with victories over four-time reigning Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat on Wednesday, and the Orlando Magic on Friday. Against Orlando, Derrick Favors had 23 points and 10 rebounds as the Jazz prevailed, 101-94. Gordon Hayward posted 20 points and six assists, while Enes Kanter added 11 points and seven rebounds for Utah, which shot 53.4 percent from the field on Friday. Coach talks about it all the time, but no negative plays is huge for us, Hayward said. The Jazz jumped on the Magic early and really never looked back. Their margin was 12 after the first quarter, six at the half and 15 after three. Orlando never got closer than six over the final 12 minutes. Utah will finish this six-game sojourn Monday at FedExForum against the Memphis Grizzlies. Ron Hainsey Jersey. The Hornets snapped a four-game losing streak on Friday with a 109-91 drubbing of the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. Kemba Walker scored 30 points and Al Jefferson added 20 points and 12 rebounds in the win as the Hornets led for the final 41 1/2 minutes of the game. Our readiness was good to start the game and when the guys came off the bench we sustained our play well and we were able to play from ahead, said Hornets coach Steve Clifford. They earned just their third win in the last 17 games, shaking off Wednesdays loss to Phoenix, when they blew a 17-point lead. Gerald Henderson chipped in 11 points, while Gary Neal added 10 off the bench. Charlottes starting forwards - Cody Zeller and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist - combined for 13 points. Lance Stephenson sat out the contest with a sprained pelvis and he will miss Saturdays game as well. The Jazz have won 10 in a row over Charlotte, including five straight as the visitor in this series. ' ' '
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