Detroit 3, Kansas City 1

Boxscore | Recap
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 8:10 PM
Location - Kauffman Stadium
Temperature - 69°
Umpires - Home Plate - Mark Wegner, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Wally Bell,
Attendance - 13851

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Detroit 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 10 1
Kansas City 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Detroit 8-3 5-1 3-2 W3
Kansas City 3-8 0-5 3-3 L6

Recap

Tigers 3, Royals 1: Miguel Cabrera's RBI single broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth, and the American League Central-leading Tigers beat the Royals for the second night in a row.

For the second straight game, the Royals got a strong outing from their starter but were unable to provide enough support. Left-hander Bruce Chen went seven-plus innings, allowing two runs on six hits and striking out seven.

Chen (0-1) retired 13 in a row before allowing a single to Andy Dirks - the last batter he faced - leading off the eighth. 

Dirks advanced to second on Brennan Boesch's single and scored when Cabrera singled up the middle against reliever Greg Holland. Prince Fielder followed with a third consecutive single to add an insurance run.

Tigers starter Drew Smyly threw six strong innings in his second major-league start, holding the Royals to one run on seven hits while striking out four.

Octavio Dotel (1-0) earned the win with a scoreless seventh, and Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his second save. 

GAME NOTEBOOK: Dotel earned his first win with Detroit. The Tigers are his 13th major-league team, and he has at least one win for 10 of them. … Slumping OF Alex Gordon went 1-for-4 with an RBI for the Royals, raising his average 12 points to .140.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Detroit   Kansas City
Drew Smyly Player Bruce Chen
No Decision W/L Loss
6.0 IP 7.0
4 Strikeouts 7
7 Hits 6
0.00 ERA 2.57
Hitting
Detroit   Kansas City
Brennan BoeschPlayer Billy Butler
2 Hits 3
0 RBI 0
0 HR 0
2 TB 4
.500 Avg .750

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Detroit 10 0 11 .286 12 10 3 0 0 1
Kansas City 9 0 13 .265 13 8 1 3 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Kansas City will play their next game at home against Detroit. The Royals have a W/L % of .250 after a win and .286 after a loss.
  • Detroit will play their next game on the road against Kansas City. The Tigers have a W/L % of .714 after a win and .750 after a loss.