American League Game Summary - Detroit at Kansas City|
(Tuesday, August 28th)
Final Score: Kansas City 9, Detroit 8
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Mike Moustakas had three hits, including
the go-ahead RBI double in the eighth inning, as the Kansas City Royals edged
the Detroit Tigers, 9-8, in the opener of a three-game series at Kauffman
Moustakas finished with three RBI, while Billy Butler went 3-for-4 with a pair
of RBI and a run scored. Alex Gordon added a pair of hits and drove in two
runs for the Royals, who snapped a two-game skid. Alcides Escobar and Salvador
Perez also drove in runs.
Moustakas' go-ahead hit made a winner of Aaron Crow (3-1), who surrendered the
game-tying home run to Jhonny Peralta in the top of the eighth inning. Greg
Holland allowed the tying run to reach third in the top of the ninth, but
escaped to record his eighth save of the season.
Delmon Young clubbed a two-run home run and Prince Fielder added a two-run
double for the Tigers, who had their brief two-game winning streak snapped.
Brayan Villarreal (3-4) allowed a run on two hits over 1 2/3 innings behind
starter Justin Verlander, who gave up eight runs on 12 hits over 5 2/3
"Clearly I wasn't good enough," said Verlander. "I missed location a little
bit. ... I feel like most of the balls they hit hard were in that first inning
just because I missed location."
Butler started the winning rally in the eighth with a one-out single and
pinch-runner Lorenzo Cain swiped second. After Perez fouled out, Phil Coke
came out of the Detroit bullpen to face Moustakas, who ripped one down the
line in right field.
"We got some hits that found some holes and it was good to do that, especially
when we were down by three right at the start," Butler said.
Things got interesting in the top of the ninth as Holland walked Austin
Jackson to begin the inning. Jackson went to second on a groundout and to
third on a wild pitch. Holland struck out Miguel Cabrera and intentionally
walked Fielder to face Young, who had already homered earlier in the game.
Young smashed one off Holland deep down the right field line that hugged the
pole and was called foul. The umpiring crew reviewed it for several minutes
and determined that the ball was indeed foul. Young then flied out to Gordon
in left field end the game.
Detroit got off to a quick start, putting three runs on the board in
the first inning when Andy Dirks doubled home Jackson and Young clubbed a two-
The Royals answered with a trio of runs in the home portion. Gordon started
the rally with a two-out double and scored on a single up the middle by
Butler. Perez followed with a double and Moustakas brought both runners home
with a single.
The Royals tagged Verlander for four more runs in their next at-bat to take a
7-3 lead. Johnny Giavotella and Jarrod Dyson ripped back-to-back singles
before Escobar drove home Giavotella for the go-ahead run. Gordon followed
with a two-run double and Butler smacked a run-scoring single up the middle to
cap the big inning.
Detroit got three runs back in the third inning. Jackson began the frame with
a single and Cabrera ripped one back up the middle two batters later to put
runners on first and second. Fielder followed with a two-run double and Alex
Avila singled home Fielder later in the inning.
Perez doubled in Dyson with two outs in the sixth to widen the KC margin to
8-6, but the Tigers got it right back in the seventh courtesy of an RBI single
The Tigers got even in the eighth inning when Peralta got a belt-high fastball
from Crow and drilled it into the left field seats.
Verlander came into Tuesday's game with a 14-2 record over 21 career starts
against the Royals ... Despite the loss, the Tigers have won 17 of the last 24
games between the teams. Detroit is also 69-48 against KC since Jim Leyland
became manager in 2006 ... Verlander had recorded a quality start in each of
his previous four starts in August. He finished with six strikeouts and is
just two shy of whiffing 200 hitters for the fourth consecutive season.
08/29 00:39:48 ET