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Duffy doesn't let up, stays focused with lead

Royals lefty outduels Tigers' Fulmer in KC's seventh straight win
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DETROIT -- Royals left-hander Danny Duffy admitted a three-run lead against the Tigers and tough right-hander Michael Fulmer was nice. But Duffy had no intention of letting up Tuesday night at Comerica Park.

Duffy threw 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball, helping the Royals to a 3-1 win, their seventh straight.

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DETROIT -- Royals left-hander Danny Duffy admitted a three-run lead against the Tigers and tough right-hander Michael Fulmer was nice. But Duffy had no intention of letting up Tuesday night at Comerica Park.

Duffy threw 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball, helping the Royals to a 3-1 win, their seventh straight.

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"I don't change my approach with a lead," Duffy said. "I just treat each game like we're chasing a run or two. Any time you get a lead on a guy like Fulmer, you have to treat it like you're still chasing runs because he is so nasty, he'll shut you down. He has such a bright future.

"But yeah, it's really nice to get those runs, though, before you get to the nitty-gritty later in the game."

Duffy worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the second by getting James McCann to fly out and Andrew Romine to ground out.

Duffy was nicked for a run in the fourth on Mikie Mahtook's triple and a shattered-bat blooper by McCann. But that was it. Duffy gave up six hits, walked one and struck out four.

"He had a good breaking ball, good changeup, spotted his fastball," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "That's a good offensive team over there, but he did a great job."

Duffy got knocked around last week by the Tigers in Kansas City, unable to last through the sixth inning. But Duffy said his fastball Tuesday had more life to it.

"I think we had more on the fastball this time," Duffy said. "I'm excited to get the 'W.'"

Duffy and the Royals simply continue to roll as they moved a season-high five games over .500.

"It's been a lot of fun," Duffy said. "We're hitting on all cylinders. It's really been fun to be in this clubhouse the last couple of weeks. It's been a blast."

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

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