Final Score: Detroit 9, Kansas City 2
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Drew Smyly allowed just two hits over
seven scoreless frames to guide the Detroit Tigers to a 9-2 win over the
Kansas City Royals in the middle test of a three-game set.
Smyly (2-1) issued just two walks and fanned six in his second start of the
"Everything was working, I was throwing strikes with all my pitches. I just
tried to get ahead and keep them off-balanced," Smyly said.
Torii Hunter hit a three-run homer, Nick Castellanos drove in three and Danny
Worth, Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera added one RBI apiece for the Tigers,
winners in four straight and six of their last seven tilts overall.
Danny Duffy (1-2) made his first start of the season for Kansas City and gave
up one run on two hits and four walks over four innings to absorb the loss.
Billy Butler and Alex Gordon knocked in one run apiece for the Royals, who
have dropped three straight.
"We've gone through this before. It has been like this before when you think
you'll never score a run and then 'BAM!' you're on a tear and then slow down
again," said Royals manager Ned Yost. "It's the way baseball season goes."
Detroit broke through in the fourth inning. Cabrera walked to open the inning
and moved to second on a wild pitch. Duffy then issued walks to Victor
Martinez and Austin Jackson around a Hunter strike out to load the bases.
Castellanos followed with a sacrifice fly to left to score Cabrera.
Castellanos clubbed a two-run double in the sixth. With runners on second and
third and two outs, Castellanos ripped a double to right field to clear the
Detroit broke the game open with a six-run ninth. Brian Holaday walked, then
scored on Worth's double to center. Rajai Davis followed with a bunt single,
then stole second to put runners at second and third for Kinsler, who lifted a
sacrifice fly to center. Cabrera followed with a single to center to score
Davis. Martinez then singled before Hunter clobbered his three-run shot to
left to make it 9-0.
Butler had a sacrifice fly and Alex Gordon followed with an RBI double in the
home half to account for the final difference.
Detroit was 4-for-13 with runners in scoring position ... The Tigers are
outscoring the Royals 17-4 so far this series ... Detroit has 26 hits this
series ... The Royals were 1-for-5 with RISP ... The Royals have dropped five
straight to the Tigers.
05/04 03:15:35 ET
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