Royals 2, Tigers 1
Jeremy Guthrie became the latest Kansas City pitcher to give the
Guthrie pitched effectively into the eighth inning and Alex
Gordon homered to lead the Royals over Detroit 2-1 on Thursday
night for a three-game sweep.
Kansas City roughed up Justin Verlander in the opener and won
all three games by one run.
”Close ballgames, high intensity in the ninth inning, so it was
a good team win – all three of them,” Gordon said.
Prince Fielder had three hits for the slumping Tigers, who
remained three games behind the first-place Chicago White Sox in
the AL Central. The teams begin an important three-game series
Friday night in Detroit.
Royals rookie Kelvin Herrera worked around a walk and a single
in the ninth to earn his first career save, coaxing slugger Miguel
Cabrera to ground into a game-ending double play.
”We scattered a lot of hits,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.
”We couldn’t get the big hit. We got hits to lead off innings and
couldn’t do anything with them. We got two-out hits and that ended
it. We certainly had enough hits and we had a chance there at the
Guthrie’s big effort came one night after teammate Bruce Chen
beat the Tigers 1-0.
”Guthrie and Chen did a great job the past two nights,
especially against this offense. It’s pretty tough to do, to shut
them down to one run in 18 innings,” Gordon said. ”Our bullpen
came in and did the job again. The home run was a key at-bat and
gave us the win.”
Guthrie (3-3), who did not give up a hit to the White Sox until
the eighth inning on Aug. 19 in his previous Kauffman Stadium
start, held Detroit to one run on 10 hits – nine of them singles.
He walked none and struck out three.
”The biggest thing was I was able to keep nine of them to
singles and just allow the one extra-base hit. That was kind of the
big key in allowing the hits, but not the runs,” Guthrie said.
Guthrie has made eight starts for the Royals since they acquired
him in a July 20 trade with Colorado for left-hander Jonathan
Sanchez. He is 6-12 overall.
”Spectacular pitching again by Jeremy Guthrie,” Royals manager
Ned Yost said. ”Great defense, a huge double play to end the
ballgame. We had a couple of opportunities to add on, but two runs
Gordon hit his 10th homer leading off the sixth and extended his
hitting streak to eight games.
The Royals loaded the bases with none out in the fifth, but
converted that into just one run. Mike Moustakas doubled to start
the inning and Jeff Francoeur singled on the 10th pitch to snap an
0-for-19 streak. After Eric Hosmer walked to load the bases, Johnny
Giavotella’s groundout to shortstop Jhonny Peralta scored
Rick Porcello (9-10) lost his fourth straight start, giving up
two runs and eight hits in five-plus innings. He struck out four
and walked two.
The Tigers snapped a 17-inning scoreless drought with a run in
the eighth when one-out singles by Fielder and Delmon Young chased
Guthrie. After reliever Tim Collins struck out pinch-hitter Jeff
Baker on three pitches, Peralta delivered a run-scoring single.
”My best? No, but I was able to throw strikes and work ahead in
the count,” Guthrie said. ”I was able to make good pitches after
I made some mistakes to get baserunners.”
Detroit went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position and
”We didn’t have a lot of runners in scoring position. We just
haven’t been able to hit a double with guys on. We can’t get that
gapper,” Leyland said.
NOTES: CF Jarrod Dyson was held out of the Royals’ lineup with a
sore right shoulder. … Tigers first base coach Tom Brookens
missed his second straight game for personal reasons, but is
expected to rejoin the club Friday in Detroit. … Tigers RHP Doug
Fister, who missed his previous start with a groin injury, will
return Friday and start against the White Sox. Rookie LHP Drew
Smyly, who has made 16 starts, moves to the bullpen with Fister
back in the rotation. RHP Jake Peavy will start for Chicago. …
Rookie LHP Will Smith will start for the Royals in the series
opener Friday against Minnesota. The Twins will counter with RHP
Cole De Vries.