American League Game Summary - Kansas City at Detroit|
(Monday, September 24th)
Final Score: Detroit 6, Kansas City 2
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Prince Fielder homered and Justin Verlander
tossed eight solid innings, as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Kansas City
Royals, 6-2, in the opener of a four-game series.
Andy Dirks knocked in two runs for the Tigers, who remained one game behind
the White Sox for first place in the AL Central. Chicago beat the
Indians, 5-4, on Monday.
Verlander (16-8) gave up two runs on nine hits while striking out eight for
Detroit, which snapped a two-game skid. The right-hander improved to 12-7 in
23 career starts against Kansas City.
"It's not like every game's a must-win," Verlander said, "but it's getting
close to that point. It's a lot of pressure on us, but I think this team
thrives under pressure. And if we start winning a few of these ballgames that
switches everything and puts the pressure on the White Sox."
Alex Gordon hit a solo homer for the Royals, who have lost two straight since
a four-game winning streak. Billy Butler went 3-for-4 with an RBI.
Luke Hochevar (8-15) allowed six runs -- five earned -- on 12 hits over 7 1/3
innings. He fell to 1-6 over his last 10 starts.
The Tigers scored two runs in the second inning. Fielder led off with a homer
to right. Jhonny Peralta reached base on a fielder's choice and crossed the
plate on Alex Avila's two-out double to right-center field.
Gordon's homer to left in the fourth cut the gap to 2-1.
But Detroit tacked on two more runs in the fifth. Avila walked and Omar
Infante singled to put men on first and second with one out. Austin Jackson
followed with an RBI double down the right-field line and Jeff Francoeur's
throwing error allowed Infante to score on the play.
The Tigers added another run in the sixth to make it a 5-1 contest. Miguel
Cabrera led off with a single, moved to third on Delmon Young's base hit and
scored on Dirks' sacrifice fly.
Each team scored one run in the eighth. In the top half, Alcides Escobar
doubled and raced home on Butler's single to center.
"He's always tough like that, and he's pitching with a little more life,"
Butler said of Verlander. "They're fighting for the playoffs, so you know
you're going to get his best."
Fielder and Young hit consecutive one-out singles in the bottom half. Nathan
Adcock came in from the bullpen and gave up an RBI single to Dirks.
Jose Valverde tossed a scoreless ninth to secure the victory.
The Tigers lead the season series by an 8-4 margin ... Hochevar fell to 4-6 in
13 career meetings against Detroit ... Cabrera extended his hitting streak to
14 games ... Jackson went 3-for-4.
09/25 00:47:46 ET