Detroit 6, Kansas City 3

Boxscore | Recap
Monday, October 1, 2012 8:10 PM
Location - Kauffman Stadium
Temperature - 71°
Umpires - Home Plate - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Mark Wegner,
Attendance - 15312

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Detroit 0 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 6 14 1
Kansas City 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 3 9 1

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Detroit 87-73 50-31 37-42 W3
Kansas City 71-89 36-43 35-46 L2

Recap


Tigers 6, Royals 3:
Miguel Cabrera homered to enhance his Triple Crown chances and Gerald Laird drove in three runs as visiting Detroit clinched the American League Central by taking down Kansas City.

With the Chicago White Sox having won earlier at Cleveland, the Tigers needed the victory Monday to put the Central away. Jhonny Peralta snapped a scoreless tie with a solo homer in the fifth and Cabrera's solo blast in the sixth sparked a five-run rally.

Cabrera finished 4-for-5 to boost his league-leading batting average to .329. He is also setting the pace in home runs (44) and RBIs (137) with two games left.

Rick Porcello (10-12) worked five solid innings to earn the win, allowing one run on four hits while walking three and striking out three.

Cabrera got an 0-1 fastball from Bruce Chen (11-14) in the sixth and lined it into the Detroit bullpen in right-center. Peralta reached three batters later on an error by center fielder David Lough and the next two made it aboard in front of Laird, who ended Chen’s night by driving a three-run double down the left field line.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Jose Valverde worked around a one-out single in the ninth for his 35th save in 40 opportunities. … Royals 1B Eric Hosmer (right rotator cuff) sat out. He could miss the last two games. … With the Tigers having clinched, RHP Max Scherzer (shoulder) will likely skip his scheduled start Wednesday and rest until the playoffs.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Detroit   Kansas City
Rick Porcello Player Bruce Chen
Win W/L Loss
5.0 IP 5.2
3 Strikeouts 3
4 Hits 10
1.80 ERA 3.18
Hitting
Detroit   Kansas City
Miguel Cabrera Player Salvador Perez
4 Hits 2
1 RBI 0
1 HR 0
7 TB 2
.800 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Detroit 14 2 22 .350 12 7 5 1 0 1
Kansas City 9 1 13 .273 17 6 2 5 1 1

Upcoming Games

  • Kansas City will play their next game at home against Detroit. The Royals have a W/L % of .444 after a win and .443 after a loss.
  • Detroit will play their next game on the road against Kansas City. The Tigers have a W/L % of .523 after a win and .568 after a loss.