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Classic teammates clash as Royals top Giants

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- San Francisco's Buster Posey delivered a third-inning, two-run single off Kansas City's Danny Duffy, soon to be his World Baseball Classic batterymate on the USA team, before the Royals ultimately rallied for a 4-3 victory Sunday.

Duffy went three innings and gave up four hits and two runs while striking out three. He threw 43 pitches, 30 for strikes.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- San Francisco's Buster Posey delivered a third-inning, two-run single off Kansas City's Danny Duffy, soon to be his World Baseball Classic batterymate on the USA team, before the Royals ultimately rallied for a 4-3 victory Sunday.

Duffy went three innings and gave up four hits and two runs while striking out three. He threw 43 pitches, 30 for strikes.

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Giants starter Madison Bumgarner worked three innings, a spring high for a Giants pitcher. He yielded his only run in the second inning, when Kansas City opened the scoring on Paulo Orlando's double and Jorge Bonifacio's RBI single.

Video: KC@SF: Bonifacio plates Cuthbert to take a 1-0 lead

Posey delivered his two-out, go-ahead hit off Duffy to send home Joe Panik and Gordon Beckham, who singled back-to-back to open the Giants' third.

"I thought Duffy threw really well," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He got a pitch up to Posey and that was the only bad pitch he made."

Video: KC@SF: Williamson extends lead with solo homer

Mac Williamson's fourth-inning homer extended the Giants' lead to 3-1. The Royals steadily edged even, as doubles by Peter O'Brien and Raul Mondesi off Cory Gearrin generated a seventh-inning run before Hunter Dozier's eighth-inning homer off Roberto Gomez tied the score.

"That was really an impressive homer by Dozier," Yost said. "He crushed that."

Video: KC@SF: Dozier ties the game at 3 with solo homer

Zane Evans' fielder's-choice grounder scored Bubba Starling and broke the tie in the ninth against Albert Suarez. The Giants absorbed their eighth consecutive defeat.

"I thought today was a crisp game, but the bullpen got nicked at the end," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Video: KC@SF: Mondesi hits a ground-rule double

Royals Up Next: New Royals closer Kelvin Herrera will make his spring debut as the Royals take on the D-backs at Surprise Stadium on Monday at 2:05 p.m. CT. Herrera became the closer after the Royals traded Wade Davis to the Cubs for Jorge Soler.

Giants Up Next: San Francisco will entertain reigning American League champion Cleveland in a 12:05 p.m. PT encounter Monday. Matt Cain and Ty Blach will be among the pitchers for the Giants, continuing their competition for the fifth starter's spot.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

Madison Bumgarner, Danny Duffy, Buster Posey