Cuthbert's walk-off single leads Royals to third straight victory

BY foxsports • June 19, 2016

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- While Cheslor Cuthbert delivered the game-winning hit, Chris Young said pitching six sharp innings on Father's Day was an emotional outing for him.

Cuthbert singled home Lorenzo Cain in the 13th inning to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 2-1 win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

The Royals won six of seven on their homestand and have the best home record in the American League at 25-8.

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Young threw six innings, matching his longest outing of the year, holding the Tigers to three hits and one run, while walking one and striking out seven. Young is 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 10 career outings against the Tigers.

Young's father Charles died last September.

"I think last year on Father's Day was the last time he saw me pitch," Young said. "A year later, he was certainly in my thoughts, a lot of great memories and some emotional times as well. I feel like I'm motivated every time out, but certainly a little bit of emotion on the first Father's Day since my dad passed away."

Salvador Perez led off the 13th with a single to right off left-hander Kyle Ryan (1-2), who was just promoted from Triple-A Toledo. Cain ran for Perez and advanced to second on Miguel Cabrera's error on Ryan's pickoff attempt.

After Kendrys Morales was intentionally walked, Paulo Orlando moved the runners with a sacrifice bunt. Ryan walked Brett Eibner intentionally to load the bases. Cuthbert hit a ground ball single to left to score Cain.

"I saw the ball going by and I took off," Cain said.

Chien-Ming Wang (4-0) allowed one hit in 1 2/3 innings to pick up the victory.

Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann, who threw 93 pitches in eight innings, had a three-ball count only on two batters -- Cuthbert in the third and Orlando in the eighth. Zimmerman yielded one run on four hits, walked one and struck out five.

"He was very good," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "He was throwing strikes and got them chasing pitches out of the strike zone. His pitch count was down and he was sharp. He did an excellent job. He deserved to get a 'W', really."

Left-hander Justin Wilson replaced Zimmermann and hit speedy Jarrod Dyson with his first pitch. After Whit Merrifield popped up foul on a bunt, Wilson picked Dyson off first base and retired Alcides Escobar on a fly ball.

Young threw six innings, matching his longest outing of the year, holding the Tigers to three hits and one run, while walking one and striking out seven. Young is 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 10 career outings against the Tigers.

Steven Moya's first major league home run to lead off the third was Young's only hiccup. Young has allowed 19 home runs 51 1/3 innings, but the past 14 have been with the bases empty.

Eibner's ground out in the fifth scored Morales to tie the score at 1. Morales led off the inning with a single and stopped at third on Orlando's double to left. Eibner's grounder to shortstop Jose Iglesias got Morales home.

After Young exited, Joakim Soria pitched a perfect seventh, while Kelvin Herrera struck out the side on 14 pitches in the eighth. Wade Davis walked one in a scoreless ninth.


The Tigers recalled RHP Bruce Rondon and Ryan from Triple-A Toledo and put them in a beleaguered bullpen, which had allowed 18 runs in 6 2/3 innings the previous two games. LHPs Matt Boyd and Blaine Hardy were sent to the minors after the 16-5 loss Saturday to the Royals. Manager Brad Ausmus said a decision has not been finalized on who will start Thursday in Boyd's place. While Ryan took the loss Sunday, Rondon pitched two perfect innings, striking out three.


Tigers CF Cameron Maybin was ejected by plate umpire Gabe Morales in the 11th inning for debating a called third strike. Andrew Romine replaced him.


The Royals went 14 for 25 with runners in scoring position Saturday. That is their most successful with RISP since a record 17-for-25 effort on Sept. 9, 2004, at Detroit. They went 1 for 4 with RISP on Sunday.


Royals: LF Alex Gordon (fractured right wrist) went 1 for 3 in his first rehab game Sunday with Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He doubled in his first at-bat, lined out in his second and struck out in his third.


Tigers: RHP Mike Pelfrey, who has allowed 91 hits and walked 30 in 71 1/3 innings, will start Monday against the Mariners, who will counter with RHP Nathan Karns.

Royals: They are off before a two-game series begins Tuesday at the Mets in a World Series rematch. RHP Ian Kennedy will start the first game.

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