KANSAS CITY, Mo. -AP- Kendrys Morales and Alex Gordon homered as the Kansas City Royals blasted the Chicago White Sox 10-3 on Sunday. Morales drove in four runs with a two-run homer in the sixth, a single in the first and a double in the fourth. His home run off reliever Chris Beck was his 1,000th career hit. Starter Danny Duffy (12-2) was the beneficiary of the Royals' offensive splurge.
Morales drives in 4, leads Duffy, Royals over White Sox
He allowed three runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out eight in seven-plus innings. White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana (12-11) was pulled after 80 pitches and four ineffective innings, charged with six runs on 10 hits and three walks. Paulo Orlando had two doubles, walked, was hit by a pitch and scored three times. Eric Hosmer had two RBIs to increase his total to 94, which is his single-season high. The Royals scored a run on three hits in the first. It could have been a bigger inning, but Whit Merrifield was thrown out stealing second after leading off with a single. Orlando doubled to left and scored on Morales' two-out single up the middle. Gordon caught up with Quintana's 90 mph first-pitch fastball in the second inning and deposited it into the right-field fountains for his 16th home run, snapping an 0-for-21 skid. The Royals added two more runs in the inning, which included an unusual double-barrel four-minute, 25-second delay with both teams asking the umpires to review the same play. Merrifield's single scored Alcides Escobar for the first run. With the bases loaded and one out, Hosmer hit a ground ball to Carlos Sanchez, who threw to shortstop Tim Anderson covering second, forcing out Orlando. Royals manager Ned Yost asked for a review, saying Anderson was not on the bag. White Sox manager Robin Ventura challenged that Orlando slid out of the base paths. The call on the field was reversed with Orlando ruled save and it was determined he did not slide out of the base paths. Todd Frazier cut the Royals' lead to 4-2 in the fourth when he homered -- his 37th -- with Melky Cabrera along for the ride. Frazier hit a Duffy pitch out to left-center. He entered the game 1-for-11 off Duffy. Avisail Garcia's eighth-inning single scored Adam Eaton for the third Chicago run.

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