Kansas City 4, Detroit 2

Boxscore | Recap
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 8:10 PM
Location - Kauffman Stadium
Temperature - 74°
Umpires - Home Plate - Brian Knight, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Sam Holbrook,
Attendance - 14283

Final Scoring Summary

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

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Detroit 87-74 50-31 37-43 L1
Kansas City 72-89 37-43 35-46 W1

Recap

Royals 4, Tigers 2: Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs but Alcides Escobar homered and drove in two and Jeremy Guthrie worked six strong innings as host Kansas City edged Detroit.

Cabrera, who is chasing the Triple Crown, has all but locked up the batting title and the RBI race and is just sweating out Texas’ Josh Hamilton for the home run crown. The slugger has said he will continue to play even though the Tigers have already clinched the American League Central and the No. 3 spot in the playoffs.

Escobar hit a solo homer off Doug Fister (10-10) in the first inning before Cabrera’s two-run single in the third put Detroit on top. Escobar struck again in the fifth, singling in the tying run before Salvador Perez’s bases-loaded groundout made it a 3-2 lead.

Guthrie (5-3) was charged with two runs on five hits while striking out three and walking three. Two relievers bridged the gap to Greg Holland, who worked a perfect ninth for his 16th save.

Fister lasted just 79 pitches over 4 1/3 innings as the Tigers try to keep him fresh for the postseason. The right-hander scattered seven hits and three runs.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Cabrera is 4-for-11 with a home run and three RBIs against Luis Mendoza, who is scheduled to start for Kansas City in Wednesday‘s finale. … Jeff Francouer belted a solo homer in the eighth for the Royals, his 16th. … Detroit RHP Max Scherzer was scheduled to start Wednesday but suffered an ankle injury during the team’s celebration after clinching a playoff berth.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Detroit   Kansas City
Doug Fister Player Jeremy Guthrie
Loss W/L Win
4.1 IP 6.0
2 Strikeouts 3
7 Hits 5
6.23 ERA 3.00
Hitting
Detroit   Kansas City
Miguel Cabrera Player Alcides Escobar
2 Hits 3
2 RBI 2
0 HR 1
2 TB 6
.667 Avg .750

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Detroit 6 0 6 .188 11 6 2 3 0 0
Kansas City 9 2 15 .290 19 3 4 4 1 2

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 .449 after a loss.
  • Detroit will play their next game on the road against Kansas City. The Tigers have a W/L % of .517 after a win and .568 after a loss.