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Volquez breaks out of funk with strong start

Royals righty goes 6 2/3 innings vs. Indians after rough 10-game stretch
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CLEVELAND -- Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez finally delivered like the Volquez of 2015, delivering his best performance in roughly two months as he held the Indians to one run and four hits through 6 2/3 innings in the Royals' 2-1 loss on Tuesday night at Progressive Field.

It was Volquez's best outing since July 24, when he gave up one run over six innings against Texas. He had a 7.46 ERA over his last 10 outings.

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CLEVELAND -- Royals right-hander Edinson Volquez finally delivered like the Volquez of 2015, delivering his best performance in roughly two months as he held the Indians to one run and four hits through 6 2/3 innings in the Royals' 2-1 loss on Tuesday night at Progressive Field.

It was Volquez's best outing since July 24, when he gave up one run over six innings against Texas. He had a 7.46 ERA over his last 10 outings.

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But Volquez found his command early on Tuesday.

"My secondary pitches were working tonight," Volquez said. "I never really got behind in the count, and I got ahead in the count on breaking balls. It was good to keep guys off the bases."

Royals manager Ned Yost has been waiting for a Volquez performance like this for a while, too.

"I thought Eddie threw the ball great," Yost said. "He had a good changeup and a good curveball. He had more sink to his fastball. I just thought he threw the ball really, really well."

Volquez's only mistake was a fastball to Carlos Santana with one out in the third. Santana turned on it and belted it to right for a home run that had a projected distance of 405 feet, according to Statcast™.

Video: KC@CLE: Santana breaks a scoreless tie with a homer

"I was trying to go fastball in and it came right back to the middle," Volquez said. "He's a good hitter and has a lot of power. He's got my number, too."

But the Indians mounted little else against Volquez as he walked three and struck out five.

Volquez vowed after his last start that he would do all he could to finish the season strong. It will be decision time for the Royals and Volquez this offseason. Volquez has a mutual option for 2017, though that likely will be declined. It's possible the Royals could present a qualifying offer to him.

Volquez is more focused on the present.

"I haven't pitched like this in a long time," Volquez said. "I'm really happy to see myself make an adjustment, especially against the Indians. They've been good lately and really good all year. I'm glad I gave us a chance to win.

"What I kept in mind tonight is to just go give it everything I got and give our team a chance to win. I was able to do that."

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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