Right-hander Dylan Bundy delivered the Orioles’ fourth straight solid start, and Seth Smith had two hits and three RBIs in a 7-2 victory over the Royals on Tuesday night at Camden Yards.
The Orioles and Royals, two teams fighting for a postseason berth, didn’t factor into any major moves on Monday. In fact, Tuesday’s Royals starter Ian Kennedy, in the second year of a potential five-year deal, was relieved that this was the first Trade Deadline in years in which he never heard his name come up.
Royals left-hander Danny Duffy saw the irony right away. Early on, the Orioles were hitting him hard, but couldn’t score Monday at Camden Yards.
Craig Gentry served a soft two-out, ninth-inning single to center off reliever Joakim Soria, scoring Caleb Joseph, as the Orioles walked off against the Royals, 2-1, Monday night at Camden Yards.
The Royals, for the most part, stood pat as Monday’s non-waiver Trade Deadline passed.
Royals second baseman Whit Merrifield recently accomplished something only six other players in the history of Major League Baseball have been able to do: In his first 162 games, Merrifield had 175-plus hits, 80-plus runs scored, 40-plus doubles and 20-plus steals.
As the Royals prepare to open a three-game set against the Orioles on Monday at Camden Yards, they will seek to end two trends: First, the Royals have lost four straight there, and second, left-hander Danny Duffy has never won there.
Alex Gordon’s go-ahead two-run triple capped a four-run eighth inning as the Royals rallied for a 5-3 win over the Red Sox in Sunday’s rubber game at Fenway Park.
The Royals on Sunday beefed up their offense, acquiring outfielder Melky Cabrera and cash from the White Sox for Minor League pitchers A.J. Puckett and Andre Davis.
Right-hander Jason Hammel figured all he had to do was keep the Royals close. After all, even as they trailed by two runs after five innings, they came into the game with an American League-leading 30 comeback victories this season.
Red Sox left-hander Drew Pomeranz will look to put the finishing touches on an impressive July when he takes the mound against Royals right-hander Jason Hammel in the rubber game on Sunday at Fenway Park.