Detroit 5, Kansas City 4

Boxscore | Recap
Thursday, September 27, 2012 1:05 PM
Location - Comerica Park
Temperature - 59°
Umpires - Home Plate - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Cory Blaser, Third Base - Chris Guccione,
Attendance - 33019

Final Scoring Summary

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

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Kansas City 70-86 36-42 34-44 L5
Detroit 84-72 50-31 34-41 W4


Tigers 5, Royals 4: Pinch runner Don Kelly scored the winning run on Alex Avila’s bases-loaded groundout in the bottom of the ninth as Detroit completed the four-game sweep of Kansas City. 

Tigers starter Doug Fister was in complete control through seven innings, allowing just one hit and setting an American League record with nine consecutive strikeouts. The Royals, however, scored three times in the eighth off Fister and Billy Butler’s solo homer in the ninth off Joaquin Benoit (5-3) tied the game at 4-4.

Prince Fielder’s chopper over pitcher Tim Collins (5-4) got by shortstop Tony Abreu and the big first baseman made it to second to lead off the ninth. After a walk, a fielder’s choice and third baseman Mike Moustakas’ third error of the game, Kansas City first baseman Brayan Pena had to dive to make the play on Avila’s one-out grounder and could not get Kelly.

The Tigers own a two-game lead in the American League Central on the Chicago White Sox, who fell 3-2 to Tampa Bay later Thursday.
Kansas City made four of its five errors in the first two innings in back of starter Luis Mendoza, giving the Tigers a chance to score four runs – two earned. Fielder singled home a run and Delmon Young added a sacrifice fly in the first. Quintin Berry’s two-run triple made it 4-0 in the second.

Jeff Francoeur’s RBI double broke up Fister’s shutout in the eighth. Johnny Giavotella’s ground out brought home the second run and pinch-hitter Tony Abreu’s single made it 4-3.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The Tigers finished 8-1 against the Royals at home. They will travel to Kansas City for three games to end the regular season. … Moustakas had not made an error in 47 games. … The Tigers went over the 3 million mark in home attendance for the third time in franchise history on Thursday. They also accomplished that in 2007 and 2008.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Kansas City   Detroit
Luis Mendoza Player Doug Fister
No Decision W/L No Decision
7.0 IP 7.2
6 Strikeouts 10
7 Hits 5
2.57 ERA 2.35
Kansas City   Detroit
Tony Abreu Player Prince Fielder
1 Hits 2
1 RBI 1
0 HR 0
1 TB 3
1.000 Avg .500

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Kansas City 6 1 11 .182 5 11 4 0 0 5
Detroit 8 0 11 .250 7 8 5 2 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Detroit will play their next game on the road against Minnesota. The Tigers have a W/L % of .518 after a win and .562 after a loss.
  • Kansas City will play their next game on the road against Cleveland. The Royals have a W/L % of .451 after a win and .447 after a loss.
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