Tigers 6, Royals 4
Magglio Ordonez’s two-run home run just six pitches into the
game staked Rick Porcello to an early lead and got the Detroit
Tigers rolling toward a 6-4 victory Friday night over Kyle Davies
and the reeling Kansas City Royals.
Davies (1-8) lost his seventh straight decision and the Royals
sank to 5-14 in their past 19 games.
Only one of the three runs the Royals scored off Porcello (8-6)
was earned. The lanky right-hander went 5 1-3 innings and allowed
six hits. He struck out five and walked just one – the 14th time in
17 outings he has allowed two or fewer walks.
Davies, making his second start since returning from the
disabled list with inflammation of the right rotator cuff, gave up
a leadoff double to Andy Dirks, who had three hits.
One out later, Ordonez hit the struggling right-hander’s first
offering over the fence for a 2-0 lead. Davies went six innings and
allowed five runs and nine hits, with three walks and four
The Royals closed to 5-4 in the seventh when Melky Cabrera
doubled home a run off reliever David Purcey. But with two outs,
shortstop Jhonny Peralta made a standout play running to his right
to stop Billy Butler’s hard-hit grounder and nip the heavy-footed
DH at first.
All-Star Jose Valverde labored through the ninth for his 23rd
save in 23 opportunities. He loaded the bases with two outs with a
single and two walks and went to 2-0 on Billy Butler before
retiring him on a fly ball.
The Tigers loaded the bases with none out in the second on a
walk and two soft singles but got only one run, on Dirks’ infield
grounder with one out.
Ryan Raburn, who had singled and was on first, went piling into
shortstop Alcides Escobar to break up the attempted double play as
Peralta crossed the plate.
The Royals bounced back with two unearned runs in the bottom of
the first after Chris Getz reached leading off on third baseman
Brandon Inge’s fielding error.
After Cabrera’s single, Alex Gordon rifled an RBI single into
center with one out, Jeff Francoeur brought in a run with a
Victor Martinez’s infield grounder brought in Ordonez from third
base with another Detroit run in the third and then Peralta made it
5-2 with an RBI double.
Porcello, after striking out the side in the third, gave up
three straight singles starting the fourth, including Butler’s RBI
single. Porcello escaped by getting Eric Hosmer on a fielder’s
choice grounder and Francoeur and Mike Moustakas on fly balls.
The Tigers added a run off Tim Collins in the ninth on Brennan
Boesch’s fielder’s choice grounder.
Getz, a three-year veteran, was ejected for the first time in
his career for arguing with first base umpire Tom Hallion after he
was called out on a close play ending the fourth.
Notes: The Royals optioned LHP Danny Duffy to Triple-A Omaha and
brought up LHP Everett Teaford. Duffy will return after the
All-Star break and start against the White Sox on July 19. … OF
Austin Jackson underwent treatment for a sore left wrist and
Detroit manager Jim Leyland said he would not start until after the
All-Star break. … KC rookie 3B Mike Moustakas was 0 for 4 and is
hitless in his past 21 at-bats.