advertisement

Detriot Tigers bounce back with 6-2 win over Royals

Monday, September 24, 2012 | 9:37 p.m. CDT; updated 10:03 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 24, 2012
Kansas City starting pitcher Luke Hochevar, right, hands manager Ned Yost the ball against the Detroit Tigers in the eighth inning Monday in Detroit.

DETROIT — Justin Verlander breezed through eight innings, and Prince Fielder hit a solo home run, helping the Detroit Tigers steady themselves with a 6-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.

Detroit entered one game behind the first-place Chicago White Sox in the American League Central after being swept in a doubleheader by Minnesota on Sunday. Verlander (16-8) had little trouble with the Royals, who knocked him around for eight runs and 12 hits last month.

The right-hander allowed two runs and nine hits this time, striking out eight without a walk. Jose Valverde pitched the ninth.

Luke Hochevar (8-15) yielded six runs — five earned — and 12 hits in 7 1/3 innings.

Alex Gordon hit a home run for Kansas City.

The Tigers play three more games at home against the Royals before finishing the regular season with a six-game trip to Minnesota and Kansas City.

Fielder opened the scoring in the second with his 28th home run, and Alex Avila hit an RBI double later in the inning.

Gordon's 12th home run in the fourth cut the lead in half, and the Royals appeared poised to tie it in the fifth when they put runners on first and third with one out.

With Jarrod Dyson batting, Verlander appeared to hurt his left shoulder in bizarre fashion. Avila, the catcher, was making a routine throw back to the pitcher when his arm collided with the hand of plate umpire Bill Welke, causing the ball to scoot low across the ground in front of the mound. Verlander lunged to stop it and grimaced as he got up.

He was able to stay in the game — and struck out Dyson and Alcides Escobar to end the threat.

The Tigers padded their lead in the bottom half with another wacky play. With runners on first and second, Austin Jackson hit an RBI double down the right-field line, and another run came home when Jeff Francoeur's throw to second skipped away for an error. Gordon, the left fielder, retrieved the ball and easily threw out Jackson trying to advance to third — earning an assist on a play that began on the opposite side of the outfield.

Andy Dirks made it 5-1 with an RBI single in the sixth.

Billy Butler had three hits for the Royals, including an RBI single in the eighth. He's hitting .396 (21 for 53) off Verlander.

Dirks answered with another RBI single of his own.

Miguel Cabrera singled to extend his hitting streak to 14 games.


Like what you see here? Become a member.


Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Comments

Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.

advertisements