Duffy disappointed with results against Jays

Duffy disappointed with results against Jays

TORONTO -- This was an especially confusing night for Royals starter Danny Duffy. He felt good in the bullpen before Thursday night's game and he felt strong on the mound during the game.

But the results just weren't there. Duffy gave up five runs, including three no-doubt homers, in six innings in a 5-2 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre.

Duffy gave up homers to Dioner Navarro, Josh Donaldson and Russell Martin. After the game, Duffy was simply shaking his head.

"I was trying to go away on a couple of those pitches," Duffy said. "I felt great today for the most part. The fastball felt great, but my slider wasn't where I wanted it. The changeup to Donaldson, I need to get through that more.

"I just need to make better pitches. They capitalize on mistakes and my hat's off to them. They're a really good team. But I'm better than that. I'm a lot better than that."

Duffy was staked to a 2-0 lead after Kendrys Morales doubled in two runs.

But Duffy gave one back on Jose Bautista's sacrifice fly in the first, and then Navarro belted a two-run homer in the second that gave the Jays the lead for good.

"I had better stuff tonight than I had at The K [a 3-0 win] against them," Duffy said. "They squared up some balls on some good pitches. My team played great tonight. I just didn't execute. I gave it my best out there.

"Like I said, hat's off to them. They're a really great team. There are a lot of wouldas and couldas. I had a good fastball. There are times you don't have anything on your fastball and you win. And then tonight, you have a really great fastball and you lose.

"I just know I'm capable of so much more than that."

Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.