Royals 13, Tigers 6
Chris Getz reached base three times. Melky Cabrera pushed his
hitting streak to eight games. Alex Gordon belted a long three-run
homer, and Billy Butler added three hits and a pair of RBIs.
Pretty nice production from the top of the order.
The Kansas City Royals finally generated some offense Saturday
night, and their bullpen carried the load after Luke Hochevar was
chased in the fourth inning of a 13-6 victory over the Detroit
”The top four guys in our lineup today produced a lot of
offense,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. ”We had eight or nine
hits, a bunch of RBIs – the majority of the RBIs. Billy swung the
bat really, really well tonight, as did Melky, and Gordo with the
big three-run homer was key.”
Alcides Escobar also drove in three runs and scored three times
for the Royals, who built a seven-run lead against Charlie Furbush
(1-3) before Hochevar gave much of it away.
The right-hander was battered for six runs before he was yanked
with two out in the fourth. Greg Holland (3-1) wiggled out of
trouble to earn the victory, and Everett Teaford tossed three
shutout innings in his return from the minors to finish off a game
that lasted 3 hours, 24 minutes.
”I’m really glad I was able to finish it out just so tomorrow
we’re that much more fresh out there,” Teaford said, ”and then
heading into the All-Star break we’ll be real good to go.”
Brennan Boesch had three hits and drove in a pair of runs for
Detroit, which could have moved ahead of Cleveland and into first
place in the AL Central with a victory.
The Tigers were done in by a pair of errors that led to eight
”When you have a bad game like we did tonight, that’s what
happens. You don’t get out of it,” Detroit manager Jim Leyland
said. ”You don’t expect the pitcher to get out of it all the time.
Especially when your pitcher is struggling anyway.
The 25-year-old Furbush, making his second career start, gave up
nine runs in 2 2-3 innings – though just four of them were earned.
He was optioned to Triple-A Toledo after the game.
”Rough one,” Furbush said. ”This was a rough one.”
Hochevar said pretty much the same thing.
He mowed through the Tigers on seven pitches in the first
inning, but wound up allowing nine hits in his shortest start of
the season. The dismal performance came one start after he gave up
five runs in just 4 1-3 innings at Colorado.
”We swung the bats extremely well tonight, played great defense
and then the bullpen came in and pitched well,” Hochevar said,
”but for my part I need to find a way to get back to helping the
Eric Hosmer’s run-scoring fielder’s choice gave Kansas City a
first-inning lead, and Escobar added another run in the second on
another fielder’s choice. The Royals then put runners on second and
third before Furbush hit Gordon to load the bases for Butler, who
came through with a two-run single through the left side after
squandering a couple of key chances the previous night.
The Tigers trimmed Kansas City’s lead to 4-2 in the third on
two-out singles by Boesch and Miguel Cabrera, but Getz limited the
damage by leaping up to snare Victor Martinez’s liner to
The Royals piled on with two outs in the third after Ramon
Santiago’s error on an easy grounder to shortstop allowed the
inning to continue. Getz and Cabrera each hit an RBI single, and
Gordon hit the first pitch he saw over the wall in center.
”That’s what the top of the lineup is there for,” Butler said.
”You don’t get it every night.”
Detroit started to rally by loading the bases with none out in
the fourth, and Don Kelly scored when Escobar made an error with
two outs. Santiago and Boesch each drove in a run, and Cabrera and
Martinez reached on walks to force in another one.
But the Royals’ bullpen took over from there, and their offense
tacked on four more runs.
”Bullpen has been great all year long and that’s been the
strength of our club,” Yost said. ”We can get past the fifth
inning with the lead, we feel real good about what we have down
NOTES: Royals 3B Mike Moustakas, hitless in his last 21 at-bats,
got the night off. Yost plans to start him against All-Star pitcher
Justin Verlander on Sunday. … All-Star closer Jose Valverde was
unavailable for Detroit after pitching three straight days. He
saved the first two wins of the series.