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Smith bails out Duffy as Royals drop Mariners

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Alcides Escobar of the Kansas City Royals slides home to score on a sacrifice fly hit by Emilio Bonifacio during the fifth inning of a Major League Baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Monday afternoon in Kansas City, Mo.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It was a rough day for Danny Duffy. Fortunately for the Kansas City Royals, Will Smith was terrific.

Smith replaced Duffy in the fourth inning and had a career-high eight strikeouts in a dominant relief performance, helping Kansas City beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1 on Monday.

Smith (2-1) allowed one hit in 4 1-3 innings. He finished with the most strikeouts by a Royals reliever since Tom Gordon struck out eight over 4 2-3 innings against Detroit on July 9, 1993.

"Will was phenomenal, outstanding, great," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Man, what a job he did ...


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