And Kennedy was close to that, save for one shaky inning with his command. Kennedy gave up just one hit through six shutout innings in the Royals' 2-0 win. The victory allowed the Royals to remain four games behind Baltimore for the American League's second Wild Card.
Sale was terrific, too, going eight strong innings, giving up two solo home runs while striking out 12.
"[Chris] Sale was great," Kennedy said. "He gave up two tough balls that got out. But man, he was good.
"What'd he go? Eight innings? Twelve punchouts? I would think he'd take that every time out."
Kennedy didn't have many complaints about his own outing, either. He tossed his 13th quality start this season. He walked four, but struck out six.
Three of those four walks came in the third inning when he kept missing by fractions of inches off the outside corner. With one out, he walked two hitters before striking out the pesky Adam Eaton. After another walk, he got Melky Cabrera to fly out.