American League Game Summary - Detroit at Kansas City|
(Tuesday, April 17th)
Final Score: Detroit 3, Kansas City 1
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder each hit
an RBI single in the eighth inning to lift the Detroit Tigers over the
Kansas City Royals, 3-1, in the middle portion of a three-game series at
Ramon Santiago knocked in the other run for Detroit, while Octavio Dotel (1-0)
earned the win with a scoreless inning of relief. Jose Valverde shut the door
in the ninth for his second save of the season.
Drew Smyly made his second career start and allowed an unearned run on seven
hits and a walk for the Tigers, who earned their third straight win.
Bruce Chen (0-1) gave up two runs on six hits through seven-plus innings to
take the loss. He struck out seven and did not issue a walk in the Royals'
sixth consecutive loss.
"It's no fun going through it when you lose six in a row, your first five
games at home when you had so much enthusiasm coming home," Royals manager
Yost said. "It's not fun to do that, but you can't panic."
Chen had retired the previous 13 batters he faced before Andy Dirks led off
the eighth inning with a base hit.
Greg Holland then entered in relief and fanned Austin Jackson before allowing
three straight singles to Brennan Boesch, Cabrera and Fielder, scoring Dirks
and Boesch for a 3-1 Tigers lead.
"We know we have a shot no matter what the score is," said Dirks. "We've got
good enough hitters where we can put runs up quick and we did what we had to
Jeff Francoeur hit a two-out triple off Joaquin Benoit in the bottom of the
eighth when Boesch made a diving miss of a sinking liner to right field, but
Mike Moustakas went down swinging to end the inning.
Valverde then brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth after allowing a
one-out walk to Brayan Pena. But he struck out Alcides Escobar before inducing
an Alex Gordon grounder to first to end the game.
Detroit struck first in the second inning after Delmon Young led off the frame
with a base hit and Ryan Raburn followed two batters later with a double down
the third-base line to place runners on second and third.
Santiago stepped up next and lifted a sacrifice fly to right field that
brought home Young, but that would be all the Tigers would get as Dirks hit a
pop up behind home plate to strand Raburn.
Kansas City answered with a run in the third inning when Escobar hit a hard
liner back at Smyly that bounced off the pitcher's back. Smyly managed to
recover and field the ball, but his throw to first bounced well short of the
bag and went wide to the right, allowing Escobar to moved to second on the
Gordon followed with a base hit into center field to score Escobar.
Kansas City then stranded a man in scoring position in the fourth and sixth
and a man at third in the seventh.
Jackson had reached base safely in Detroit's first 10 games of the season but
went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts on Tuesday to snap the streak...Detroit has
won 12 of the last 17 games against Kansas City...The Royals went 1-for-7 with
runners in scoring position and left nine men on base.
04/18 00:37:54 ET