Kansas City 11, Detroit 8

Boxscore | Recap
Thursday, September 1, 2011 1:05 PM
Location - Comerica Park
Temperature - 82°
Umpires - Home Plate - Bill Miller, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Tom Hallion,
Attendance - 39084

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Kansas City 0 2 0 0 4 0 4 1 0 11 17 1
Detroit 0 0 3 0 2 3 0 0 0 8 11 1

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Kansas City 57-81 33-37 24-44 W1
Detroit 75-62 39-29 36-33 L1

Recap


Rookie Johnny Giavotella capped a four-run seventh with a go-ahead, two-run single and the visiting Kansas City Royals held on for a wild 11-8 victory over the American League Central-leading Detroit Tigers on Thursday.

Jeff Francoeur homered and drove in three runs for the Royals, who earned a split of the four-game series and finished 5-5 on a 10-game road trip.

Magglio Ordonez homered and drove in three runs for the Tigers, who are 5 1/2 games ahead of both Cleveland and Chicago in the AL Central.

The Royals took advantage of Detroit manager Jim Leyland's decision to push ace Justin Verlander's start back a day. Verlander, who leads the majors with 20 wins, will start Friday's opener of a crucial three-game series with the White Sox instead.

Detroit took an 8-6 lead on Austin Jackson's two-run homer in the sixth, but Kansas City responded with its second four-run inning of the game. Francoeur had an RBI double to right field off Phil Coke (2-9) and rookie Mike Moustakas tied the game at 8 with a single to right.

Giavotella then plated both Francoeur and Moustakas with a bloop single to right off rookie Luis Marte.

Rookie Eric Hosmer added his 15th homer of the season in the eighth and Joakim Soria threw a perfect ninth for his 25th save in 32 chances.  Rookie Aaron Crow (4-4) earned the win despite allowing three runs.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Kansas City   Detroit
Daniel Duffy Player Jacob Turner
No Decision W/L No Decision
5.0 IP 4.1
4 Strikeouts 2
6 Hits 7
9.00 ERA 12.46
Hitting
Kansas City   Detroit
Eric Hosmer Player Magglio Ordonez
3 Hits 3
1 RBI 3
1 HR 1
6 TB 8
1.000 Avg .750

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Kansas City 17 2 27 .386 16 4 11 3 2 1
Detroit 11 2 22 .297 12 9 7 3 1 1

Upcoming Games

  • Detroit will play their next game at home against Chi. White Sox. The Tigers have a W/L % of .547 after a win and .548 after a loss.
  • Kansas City will play their next game at home against Cleveland. The Royals have a W/L % of .404 after a win and .420 after a loss.
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