"He was very comfortable," manager Ned Yost said. "We asked how he felt. And he said, 'I'm ready to go. I'm ready to close.' It's not like he didn't do his rehab stuff. He pitched well in rehab."
Davis confirmed he was good to go.
"They asked me if I felt like I could go out and close," Davis said. "I said 'Yeah, absolutely.' If I'm healthy, I don't think I can't get the job done for sure. I felt good, I felt clean, I felt crisp. No complaints on that part. Just the result."
Davis hit the first batter he faced, Ian Kinsler, on the first pitch.
Then, Jose Iglesias smoked a one-hopper that scooted under shortstop Alcides Escobar's glove -- had Escobar made the stop, it most likely would have been a double play.
But the ball skipped to the gap and Kinsler raced to third with Iglesias taking second. Miguel Cabrera then grounded a two-run single to left.
"I felt pretty crisp," Davis said. "As far as the feeling goes, I felt pretty good."
Davis really only wanted one or two pitches back.
"The hit-by-pitch, for sure," Davis said. "I can pretty much pitch around two singles any day of the week. The hit by pitch is obviously the game changer."
The Royals had rallied to take a 6-5 lead, hoping to avoid a third straight loss. It wasn't to be.
"It really hurts, losing a game like that," Davis said. "Definitely something you don't want to let happen like that. It's definitely on me.
"I executed every single pitch with the exception of two, and I can live with that. The result is unacceptable and unfortunate."
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.