Royals get 7-5 win over White Sox
By: Mike Stiles - Thursday, July 18, 2019

(KANSAS CITY) – Danny Duffy bounced back after getting hit by a line drive that left him with numbness in his throwing hand in last start. Duffy (4-5) pitched a strong six innings and ended a nine-start winless skid, and Jorge Soler and Nicky Lopez hit back-to-back RBI singles twice as the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 7-5 on Wednesday night. The left-hander scattered six hits and struck out five in sending Chicago to its season-worst sixth straight loss. Duffy's strong start followed Jakob Junis' seven innings of one-run ball Monday and Glenn Sparkman's complete game shutout Tuesday. A.J. Reed hit a three-run homer, his first, with two outs in the ninth inning off Kansas City's Wily Peralta. Ian Kennedy entered the game and completed the one-out save, his 15th in 18 opportunities. Ivan Nova (4-9) lasted just 4 2/3 innings and struggled with his command. He allowed six runs and six hits with five walks. After giving up two runs in the first inning, Nova retired 13 of the next 14 batters before running into trouble again in the fifth with two outs, allowing five straight batters to reach base, three by walks. White Merrifield had three more hits and was on base five times for the Royals, extending his hitting streak to 15 games. He also increased his league-leading hit total to 128. The Royals have come roaring out of the All-Star break, winning five of six, for their best stretch of the season. Kansas City has also won consecutive series for the first time this season.