KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis both gave up runs for the first time in nearly three months as the Kansas City Royals' dominant bullpen was touched up Hiesday night in a 7-5 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
Davis replaced Herrera with two on in the seventh inning and walked Jose Abreu to load the bases for ex-Millard North standout Conor Gillaspie, who cleared them with a triple to right-center on a 2-2 pitch to give Chicago a 7-5 lead.
That ended Herrera's scoreless streak at 30% innings, dating to June 24. Also snapped was Davis' shutout streak of 31% innings, a club record for a reliever. It was the first run charged to him since June 25.
The rare bullpen failure prevented Kansas City from gaining ground on AL Central leader Detroit, which lost at Minnesota. The Royals remained 1 Vi games behind the Tigers, the same margin that they lead Seattle for the second wild-card spot.
Kansas City used nine pitchers, a club record for a nine-inning game, in a contest that lasted 4 hours, 16 minutes — the longest nine-inning game in Royals history. Royals manager Ned Yost went to his bullpen early when Liam Hendriks was pulled after three-plus innings. He gave up four runs on seven hits and a walk.
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Danny Duffy — who skipped two starts because of a sore shoulder — threw a four-inning simulated game. "I felt stronger than I did for about the past month," Duffy said.
He is slated to start Monday in Cleveland.