KANSAS CITY, Mo. Jameer Nelson Jersey . -- Danny Duffy walked briskly to the mound to start the seventh inning Saturday night, ready to throw his first warm-up pitch before anybody else on his team had even taken the field. The Royals left-hander was in that kind of rhythm. Duffy went on to retire the next two batters he faced before Baltimores Adam Jones finally ended his bid for a perfect game with a single up the middle. Still, it was the best outing of his career, and came on a night when the Kansas Citys scuffling offence needed it. Billy Butler drove in the only run in the first inning in the 1-0 win over the Orioles. "I started to feel it in the seventh a little bit," Duffy said of his tantalizing perfect bid, "but I didnt think about it because my job is to get outs." Others started to think about it, though. "You keep thinking, Boy, hes got really good stuff," said Royals manager Ned Yost, who was ejected during a tense ninth inning. "He gets through the fourth and the fifth and into the sixth and you think, Boy, hes got really, really good stuff." Duffy gave up a single to Nelson Cruz to start the eighth, but Wade Davis retired the next three batters. All-Star close Greg Holland allow a hit and two walks to load the bases with two outs in the ninth, then calmly struck out Cruz for his 11th save of the season. "We found a way to get back in it in the ninth and had the right guys at the plate," said Orioles bench coach John Russell, who was acting manager as Buck Showalter attended his daughters graduation. "We scraped and scrapped. We still found a way to make it interesting." Bud Norris (2-4) was the hard-luck loser, allowing four hits and a walk in 7 1-3 innings. The lone run he allowed came in the first, when Nori Aoki led off with a single, stole second and then scored on Butlers single to centre. The hit ended a 0-for-10 slump, and gave Kansas City only its second run in the first three games of the four-game set. "The story of the day is about Duffy. That was unbelievable," Butler said. "That gives you a glimpse of what he could be like every time out." Duffy missed most of last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, and he began this season in the bullpen after losing the competition for a rotation spot in spring training. But he was forced back into the rotation a few weeks ago, when Bruce Chen landed on the disabled list with a back injury, and has pitched so well that he may have claimed the spot for good. After struggling with control most of his first three seasons, Duffy has finally started to harness his stuff. He allowed one run on two hits in four innings in his first start May 3 against Detroit, and one run on two hits in six innings last week in Seattle. He wound up losing both games when the Royals failed to score a run for him. Perhaps with that in mind, Duffy kept the Orioles off the scoreboard entirely. He never got close to allowing a hit until Caleb Joseph hit a liner at third baseman Mike Moustakas to end the sixth inning, and Alex Gordon made a spectacular diving catch on Nick Markakiss flyball to lead off the seventh. Duffy then struck out Manny Machado before Jones delivered his single. "I heard somebody say this is the type for, like, a perfect game," said the Orioles Caleb Joseph. "Right after that, somebody said, Jonesy is about to rip one right here." The crowd gave Duffy a standing ovation after the hit, and then another when he exited the game. Duffy sheepishly waved his cap in appreciation as he entered the dugout. "I was just trying to stay calm," Duuffy said. "Mechanics will come through on their own if you trust your stuff, you dont overdo anything. And we were on the attack all day." NOTES: Jones has a 12-game hitting streak. ... 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Their most recent loss, 109-101 in Sacramento on Wednesday, was eerily similar to Saturdays defeat at the hands of the Trail Blazers.Sir Ian Botham believes England may experiment and hand Jake Ball his Test debut in the third Investec Test against Sri Lanka at Lords. With the three-match series already in the bag, Botham feels now may be a chance to give the Nottinghamshire seamer a go in Thursdays clash - but not at the expense of the in-form Jimmy Anderson or Stuart Broad.Anderson, Englands all-time record wicket-taker, has already picked up 18 scalps in the series and Broad 10 as the tourists have struggled to come to terms with the duos skills and slumped to emphatic defeats at Headingley and Chester-le-Street. The series is won so they may experiment and have a look at Ball to see whats on offer, not purely with Pakistan in mind but to see if hes one for the future. Sir Ian Botham on Jake Ball And with England on course to secure their first whitewash series win since India in 2011, Botham thinks Ball could get his chance alongside two of the worlds top ranked Test bowlers.The Sky Sports commentator said: Theres only one change they could make and that is bring in Jake Ball, but England dont like changing winning teams.I cant see them leaving out Jimmy or Broady in their current form, that wont happen. The series is won so they may experiment and have a look at Ball to see whats on offer, not purely with Pakistan in mind but to see if hes one for the future.With Anderson and Broad, ranked No 1 and No 3 respectively, almost certain to play that leaves Steven Finn and Chris Woakes as potential casualties if the selectors decide to give Ball a start. 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Hes been plagued by talk of scoring 10,000 runs and hes finally got the monkey off his back and can relax a bit more.BEEFYS BETSEngland to win - 1/4Cook top England bat 1st inns - 3/1Broad top England bowler 1st inns - 9/4Beefys winning bets so far this series: Bairstow top bat 1st Test 8/1; Anderson top bowler 1st Test 9/4; Broad top bowler 2nd Test 5/2; England 1st Test treble - England win, Bairstow top bat, Anderson top bowler - 40/1; England to win 1st and 2nd Tests.Watch the third Test between England and Sri Lanka live on Sky Sports 2 HD from 10am on Thursday 9 June. 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