KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A day after his father died, Chris Young took the mound and paid tribute the best way he knew how.
Young pitched five no-hit innings in his first start after nearly two months in the bullpen, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Cleveland Indians 3-0 Sunday.
"Today I had the opportunity to honor him, playing the game we both loved alongside of my baseball family," Young said in a statement read to the media. "I felt him next to me with every pitch."
Young caught a flight to Dallas before the game ended.
"Last night he got a call that they had taken his dad to the hospital and he wasn't doing good," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "About 11:30 to 12 [p.m.], he passed away."
"Chris was adamant he wanted to pitch today. To go out with that on his heart and throw five innings of no-hit baseball was unbelievable."
Young (11-6) made his first start since July 28.
After Danny Duffy struck out two in a perfect sixth for the AL Central champion Royals, Ryan Madson took over to work the seventh.
On Madson's first pitch, Francisco Lindor broke up Kansas City's no-hit bid with a bunt single.
"We're not trying to break up a no-hitter. We're trying to win a game," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "If they have issues with it — I saw [shortstop Alcides] Escobar saying a few things — they can take it up with me. I thought it was a very good bunt."
Yost had no quarrels with Lindor bunting.
"I was a little bit surprised," Yost said. "But no, they're fighting for a wild card."
Yost said he would've been more annoyed if it hadn't been a combo effort on the no-hit try. The Indians got only one other hit, a double by Jason Kipnis in the ninth.