Kansas City 2, Detroit 1

Boxscore | Recap
Thursday, August 30, 2012 8:10 PM
Location - Kauffman Stadium
Temperature - 97°
Umpires - Home Plate - Manny Gonzalez, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Ted Barrett,
Attendance - 12997

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Detroit 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 12 0
Kansas City 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 9 2

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Detroit 69-61 39-26 30-35 L3
Kansas City 59-71 29-33 30-38 W3

Recap


Royals 2, Tigers 1:
Jeremy Guthrie held Detroit scoreless until the eighth inning and Alex Gordon belted his 10th home run to help Kansas City finish a three-game sweep of visiting Detroit.

Guthrie (3-3) bounced back from a disastrous outing to give the Royals 7 1/3 strong innings. He scattered 10 hits and struck out three without walking a batter. The lone run charged to Guthrie scored after he left as Jhonny Peralta had an RBI single off Tim Collins. Aaron Crow got the Royals out of the jam in the eighth inning and Kelvin Herrera worked around a walk and a single in the ninth for his first career save. 

The Tigers had the tying run in scoring position in the ninth for Miguel Cabrera, but the slugger grounded into a game-ending double play - the team's 126th this season, most in the majors.

Detroit starter Rick Porcello (9-10) was denied his 10th win for a fourth consecutive start, suffering another tough-luck loss. He allowed two runs on eight hits over five innings. The Tigers have scored three or fewer runs in Porcello's last six losses. 

The Tigers, who remained three games behind the Chicago White Sox in the American League Central, slipped three games behind Baltimore for the final wild-card spot. 

GAME NOTEBOOK: All three games in the series were decided by one run. Kansas City improved to 23-16 in one-run games, while Detroit dropped to 17-20 in such contests. … Gordon is riding an eight-game hit streak and has his average up to .298. He started the season 0-for-17 and did not break the .200 mark until April 26.  … Guthrie has posted quality starts in five of his last six outings. … Royals closer Greg Holland was unavailable after pitching on consecutive days. … The Tigers begin a six game homestand with a three-game series against the division-leading White Sox on Friday. The Royals continue their home stand with a three-game weekend series against Minnesota. 

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Detroit   Kansas City
Rick Porcello Player Jeremy Guthrie
Loss W/L Win
5.0 IP 7.1
4 Strikeouts 3
8 Hits 10
3.60 ERA 1.23
Hitting
Detroit   Kansas City
Prince Fielder Player Alex Gordon
3 Hits 2
0 RBI 1
0 HR 1
4 TB 5
.750 Avg .500

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Detroit 12 0 13 .316 21 4 1 1 0 0
Kansas City 9 1 14 .300 15 6 2 3 0 2

Upcoming Games

  • Kansas City will play their next game at home against Minnesota. The Royals have a W/L % of .458 after a win and .451 after a loss.
  • Detroit will play their next game at home against Chi. White Sox. The Tigers have a W/L % of .493 after a win and .574 after a loss.