Detroit 5, Kansas City 4

Boxscore | Recap
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 7:05 PM
Location - Comerica Park
Temperature - 63°
Umpires - Home Plate - Chris Guccione, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Cory Blaser,
Attendance - 32360

Final Scoring Summary

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

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Kansas City 70-85 36-42 34-43 L4
Detroit 83-72 49-31 34-41 W3

Recap

Tigers 5, Royals 4: Andy Dirks broke up a potential inning-ending double play, allowing pinch runner Don Kelly to score the winning run in the eighth as Detroit defeated visiting Kansas City.

Delmon Young reached on an infield hit with one out. Kelly ran for him, stole second and moved to third on Dirks’ single. Dirks took out Royals second baseman Irving Falu on Jhonny Peralta’s grounder off Kelvin Herrera (4-3) as the Tigers took a one-game lead over the Chicago White Sox in the American League Central. Chicago dropped a 6-4 decision to Cleveland.

Jose Valverde earned his 32nd save in the ninth, making Joaquin Benoit (4-3) the winner.

Alex Avila hit a two-run homer and Austin Jackson had a solo blast in the fourth as the Tigers came back to tie it 4-4. Royals left fielder Alex Gordon leaped over the fence to take away what would have been the go-ahead homer by Miguel Cabrera in the fifth.

The Royals scored three times in the third on RBI doubles by David Lough and Gordon, followed by an RBI single from Billy Butler. Jeff Francoeur stretched the lead to 4-1 with a solo homer in the fourth off Tigers starter Rick Porcello, who did not return for the fifth.

Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie allowed seven hits and four runs over seven innings. The right-hander retired 10 of the last 11 he faced.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Falu had three hits for the Royals. The rookie is 11-for-18 his last five games. … Kansas City is the only American League team Cabrera has not homered against this season. … Gordon had two doubles to give him 96 over the last two seasons, equaling the club record for two-base hits in back-to-back seasons set by Butler in 2009-10. 

 

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Kansas City   Detroit
Jeremy Guthrie Player Rick Porcello
No Decision W/L No Decision
7.0 IP 4.0
3 Strikeouts 3
7 Hits 7
5.14 ERA 9.00
Hitting
Kansas City   Detroit
Irving Falu Player Austin Jackson
3 Hits 2
0 RBI 1
0 HR 1
4 TB 6
.750 Avg .500

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Kansas City 10 1 17 .278 8 9 4 0 0 0
Detroit 9 2 17 .273 14 3 5 2 1 1

Upcoming Games

  • Detroit will play their next game at home against Kansas City. The Tigers have a W/L % of .512 after a win and .562 after a loss.
  • Kansas City will play their next game on the road against Detroit. The Royals have a W/L % of .451 after a win and .452 after a loss.