Surprise! Royals snap Tigers’ win streak
Kansas City’s win over the Los Angeles
Two in a row? Maybe these
“I don’t think we’ve quit at all,”
That’s consecutive wins for the first time since July 27-28 at Baltimore, against two first-place teams, no less.
It’s not just that the
The offense, mired in a seemingly never-ending slump, produced 11 hits, went 6 for 13 with runners in scoring position. Butler had a double and a run-scoring single off
And the bullpen – wow.
“Every game means something – it’s the big leagues, it’s where you want to be,” said Butler, who had two homers and four RBIs against the
“Sometimes I guess you’re not supposed to win a game,”
The rookie right-hander gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings, though it could have been less if not for a miscue by Raburn in the fifth inning.
Trying to line up
Porcello still ended up leaving with a 5-4 lead, but Detroit’s bullpen – thanks to a miscue by right fielder
Raburn did his job on
“There’s not a whole lot of foul territory here,” said Thomas, who entered in the seventh as a defensive replacement. “I kind of glanced at the wall a little too late to see where I was instead of checking on it earlier. I just missed it.”
It still wasn’t over. Kansas City hasn’t had much luck closing out wins, unable to get clutch hits, waiting for the bullpen to blow up.
This time, it didn’t happen.
The bullpen held and DeJesus hit a sacrifice fly – on another close play at the plate involving Betancourt and Raburn – to give the
Two wins over two first-place teams. Not bad.
“It was good to see the bullpen perform, it was good to see the offense get some clutch hits and keep battling,” Hillman said. “It was very refreshing, considering who we were doing it against.”