American League Game Summary - Kansas City at Detroit|
(Thursday, April 25th)
Final Score: Kansas City 8, Detroit 3 (10 innings)
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Alex Gordon's grand slam capped a five-run
top of the 10th inning that propelled the Kansas City Royals to an 8-3 victory
over the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
Gordon finished with a pair of hits, while Billy Butler went 3-for-3 with an
RBI single to help the Royals bounce back from a 7-5 loss in Wednesday's
opener of the rain-shortened two-game series. Lorenzo Cain ended 2-for-4 with
an RBI and two runs scored in the triumph, Kansas City's third in four games
Tim Collins (1-0) picked up the win after striking out two while tossing a
perfect bottom of the ninth in relief of James Shields, who allowed three runs
on five hits over the first eight frames.
Detroit ace Justin Verlander was in line for his third victory of the season
after limiting the Royals to two runs -- one earned -- before exiting after
seven innings due to cracked skin in his right thumb. However, the Royals
tied the game with a run off replacement Bruce Rondon in the eighth, then
struck five times against the combo of Phil Coke (0-3) and Darin Downs in the
"I noticed it after my last start and it wasn't too bad," Verlander said. "It
started getting a little bit worse after the fifth (inning). I started
noticing it and after the seventh, I talked to our pitching coach, and we kind
of came to a joint decision. At this point in the year, there's no point in
creating something that possibly could become a nagging issue, so we just made
the decision to call it a day."
Torii Hunter went 2-for-4 with an RBI single for the Tigers, losers in five of
their last six outings.
The Royals trailed 3-2 heading into the eighth when Butler greeted Rondon --
making his major league debut -- with a single. He was lifted for pinch-runner
Jarrod Dyson, who promptly stole second and took third on a groundout prior
to scoring the tying run on Cain's sacrifice fly to center.
"Generally I don't like to pinch-run for Billy in the eighth, but I knew we
had to take the opportunity right there to at least tie the game," explained
Royals manager Ned Yost of the decision to insert Dyson.
After Shields and Collins both retired the side in order over the next two
innings, the Royals broke the game open in the 10th.
Cain began the outburst with a one-out double off Coke, who walked the next
three batters in succession to bring in the go-ahead score. Downs came in and
got Chris Getz to bounce into a fielder's choice that forced out a runner
going home, but Gordon tagged a 2-1 pitch from the lefty over the wall in
straightaway center to stake Kansas City to an 8-3 lead.
"Honestly, I had three punch-outs on the day and I was just trying to make
contact," said Gordon. "Sometimes that's what happens."
Greg Holland then closed out the contest with a 1-2-3 bottom of the 10th.
Shields' day began by surrendering an opposite-field double to Austin Jackson
in the bottom of the first, with Miguel Cabrera singling in the Tigers'
leadoff man two batters later for a 1-0 edge.
The Royals went ahead with single runs in the third and fourth, however.
Alcides Escobar reached on a two-out base hit in the third, then stole second
before coming home on Butler's single to right to tie the score. After singles
by Cain and Jeff Francoeur put runners on the corners with one out in the
fourth, Salvador Perez lofted a fly ball that enabled Cain to cross the plate
for a 2-1 advantage.
Detroit capitalized on a bout of wildness from Shields to draw even in its
half of the fourth. The Kansas City starter issued a leadoff walk to Prince
Fielder and uncorked a pair of wild pitches to send the Tigers' first baseman
to third. Fielder then beat Cain's throw home on a fly ball off the bat of
Jhonny Peralta to knot the contest at 2-2.
Shields also walked Jackson after an Omar Infante single an inning later, with
Hunter coming through with an RBI hit to left to send the Tigers in front.
The Royals snapped an eight-game losing streak at Comerica Park and hadn't won
in the Motor City since May 2 of last season ... Cabrera's run-scoring single
extended his hitting streak to nine game and enabled he and Fielder (21) to
become the first Tigers' duo to record 20 RBI in a season's first month since
Tony Clark (27) and Travis Fryman (21) did so in 1997 ... Verlander entered
the contest 15-2 with a 2.73 ERA in 23 career starts against Kansas City ...
The Royals outhit Detroit by a 14-5 margin.
04/25 21:32:10 ET