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Royals go long on April wheat, defeat White Sox 4-1

Cuthbert provides the power as Duffy shines.

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Look at that Chess car go.

Cheslor Cuthbert goes deep twice to propel the Royals to a 4-1 victory Saturday afternoon. Kendrys Morales added some Darkness with his seventh home run of the year and Danny Duffy went six scoreless to secure his first win as a starter this year.

The Czar of Gnar struck out ten Pale Hose while allowing just six base runners in his six innings, a continuation of superlative performance since he has moved from the bullpen to the rotation.

The first inning was a bit shaky. After a walk and a single to lead off the game, it looked like it might be another long afternoon for the boys in blue. Instead, a sacrifice bunt, a strikeout, and a line shot to left that was caught by Merrifield ended the threat. Chicago would get another single and walk in the second, but a pickoff at first deflated the inning. The White Sox would get two more base runners in the third, but from then on Duffy faced the minimum, striking out six batters from the fourth through the sixth.

Duffy concluded his day by striking out the side in order. It was most gnar.

Meanwhile, Cuthbert homered in the third to open the scoring. Kendrys Morales added another solo shot in the fifth, with Cuthbert going multiball in the eighth for his fourth if the year.

Tomorrow, Kansas City looks to win their first series in over a week. Yordano Ventura (4-4, 5.32 ERA) will tilt against Carlos Rodon (2-5, 4.41), which is at least the third time the two have faced off against each other this season.