American League Game Summary - Detroit at Kansas City|
(Friday, July 19th)
Final Score: Kansas City 1, Detroit 0
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Ervin Santana won a pitcher's duel with
Anibal Sanchez by tossing 7 1/3 scoreless innings, and the Kansas City Royals
halted a five-game losing streak with a 1-0 decision over the Detroit Tigers
in the first outing for both teams since the All-Star break.
Santana (6-6) made Billy Butler's RBI single in the opening inning stand up by
limiting Detroit's potent lineup to a pair of singles and a walk while
striking out six. Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland finished off the two-hit
shutout, with the latter firing a 1-2-3 ninth to notch his 23rd save of the
Sanchez (7-7) worked around a season-high five walks to allow just the one run
on four hits in his six-inning stint, but was victimized by a lack of
offensive support from the AL Central leaders.
"It was a very good game," said Tigers manager Jim Leyland. "We just couldn't
get some of the balls to fall in. They earned it. They pitched good and they
shut us out."
Butler was the only player from both sides to collect multiple hits, finishing
2-for-4 in the triumph.
The Royals were able to get to Sanchez early, with Alex Gordon opening up the
bottom of the first with a single and later stealing second before Butler shot
a grounder up the middle to stake Kansas City to an early edge.
"With Anibal, it's good to get a run off of him right away," said Gordon. "We
hit the ball well against him ... even though we scored only one run and left
a lot of guys on. Even though it doesn't look good, I think it was a good day
for our offense."
Santana made it hold up with a dominating performance in which the right-
hander set down the first 10 Detroit hitters and cruised into the eighth
inning having retired 20 of the 22 men he faced. He was aided by a pair of
outstanding catches from center fielder Lorenzo Cain, one on a drive to the
wall by Torii Hunter in the top of the first and another on Victor Martinez's
deep blast in the fifth.
Kansas City had an opportunity to extend the margin after loading the bases
with two out in the bottom of the sixth on a Butler single and a pair of
walks. Sanchez got out of the jam, however, by fanning Alcides Escobar
swinging on his final pitch of the night.
Santana was lifted after walking Jhonny Peralta with one down in the top of
the eighth, with Herrera preserving the shutout bid by recording two quick
Holland, fresh off his first career All-Star nod, then mowed down the side in
order in the ninth to put Kansas City's skid to an end.
Holland converted his 16th consecutive save opportunity since May 30, and his
total over that stretch trails only Baltimore's Jim Johnson (18) for the most
in the majors ... Both Herrera and infielder Chris Getz, who started at second
base and went 0-for-2 with a walk, were recalled by the Royals from the minors
prior to the game ... Sanchez has permitted just two runs over 22 innings in
three career starts against Kansas City, but is just 1-2 in those games ...
Santana improved to 5-1 in his last eight assignments against Detroit ...
Royals All-Star catcher Salvador Perez went hitless in three at-bats and is 2-
for-30 over his last eight games.
07/20 01:08:25 ET