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St.  Louis,  MO  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Danny Duffy  and  three  Kansas  City
relievers  combined  on a three-hit shutout  of the St. Louis Cardinals as the
Royals got their I-70 series started with a 6-0 victory.

Duffy (3-5) allowed just one hit and one walk over six innings for the Royals,
who were coming off a four-game split in Toronto over the weekend.

Alex  Gordon broke  a scoreless tie with  a solo home run in the seventh, Mike
Moustakas added a two-run double and Salvador Perez went 3-for-4 with two runs
scored and an RBI for the victors.

Shelby  Miller  (6-5) came undone  in the latter  innings and was charged with
four  runs  on seven hits  over seven-plus frames  for the Cardinals, who were
shut out for the second straight day and fell to 2-6 on a nine-game homestand.

"I  gave it  all away (in the  seventh)," Miller said. "It's frustrating on my
part, because it's my fault we lost."

These  close interleague rivals will play again at Busch Stadium Tuesday, then
round out a four-game home-and-home set with two meetings in Kansas City.

There  were  no extra-base hits from  either side Monday before Gordon changed
that  with a leadoff shot that cleared the bullpen beyond the wall in right in
the seventh.

"I  wanted  to try to do  some damage," Gordon said.  "I got a pitch away, was
able to get extended and got a good swing on it."

Gordon's  fifth home run of the season began a string of four consecutive hits
for the Royals, who added two more runs when Moustakas doubled into the gap in
left to knock in Perez and Lorenzo Cain.

Duffy  was pinch-hit for in the frame, and though the decision to pull him did
not  immediately pay off,  Kansas City blew the game open with three more runs
in the eighth.

With  two  on and  one out,  Perez singled past  a diving  Mark Ellis and into
center  field  to plate  Omar Infante.  Gordon scored on  the play when Randal
Grichuk misplayed the ball in center, and Lorenzo Cain's sacrifice fly made it
a 6-0 game.

Kansas  City's Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Aaron Crow each tossed an inning
of relief behind Duffy to finish off the shutout.

                                   Game Notes

The Cardinals began a string of nine straight interleague games ... Cardinals
infielder  Matt Carpenter  went 0-for-4  and  had his  14-game hitting  streak
snapped  ... Matt Holliday  had two of St. Louis' hits ... The shutout was the
Royals' first ever of the Cardinals in St. Louis.

 
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