FINAL: ROYALS 13, TIGERS 2
It was a tight ballgame, until it wasn't.
The Royals chased Matt Boyd from the game in the seventh inning and went off on the Tigers bullpen over the next two frames en route to a 13-2 win Wednesday night at Comerica Park.
Boyd was having a decent night before giving up a run in the seventh and being shown the door. Kansas City put up three more runs in the inning before going bananas and registering seven runs in the eighth.
Boyd had a decent night on the mound: 6+ IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 98 pitches
Unlike the Tigers, who hit six home run on Tuesday, Kansas City hit just one long ball on their way to 13 runs. Salvador Perez hit a two-run dinger in the eighth, but it was the eight doubles that really did the job. Whit Merrifield accounted for three of those doubles in going 3-for-6 with three RBI.
Ian Kinsler hit a solo home run in the fifth that tied the game at 2-2. It was Kinsler's 15th homer of the year, all of which have been solo shots.
Bottom 9th: Royals 13, Tigers 2
Alex Presley flew out to center field, Efren Navarro struck out looking and Bryan Holaday grouned out back to the mound to end the game.
Top 9th: Royals 13, Tigers 2
Alcides Escobar notched his fourth hit of the night with a single to center field off of Shane Greene. Greene got Terrance Gore to ground into a fielder's choice before getting Whit Merrifield to pop out. Paulo Orlando grounded out to shortstop to end the inning.
Bottom 8th: Royals 13, Tigers 2
After James McCann and Jacoby Jones struck out looking, Dixon Machado notched a two-out single to center field. In a pinch-hitting appearance, Andrew Romine flew out to left field to end the inning.
Top 8th: Royals 13, Tigers 2
Jorge Bonifacio singled to left field off of Tigers reliever Joe Jimenez to leadoff the eighth. Alcides Escobar followed with a single of his own, putting runners on the corners with nobody out. Jimenez got Alex Gordon to fly out to shallow right field, holding Bonifacio at third, but Whit Merrifield brought both runners home with his third double of the night, pushing the K.C. lead to 8-2.
Paulo Orlando drove Merrifield home with a single to center field. 9-2.
Melky Cabrera singled to left field to force Jimenez from the game with runners on first and second. Eric Hosmer cleared the bases with a double to right-center off of new Tigers reliever Zac Reininger. 11-2.
Think they were done? Nah, they weren't. Salvador Perez hit a two-run home run to right field. 13-2.
Bottom 7th: Royals 6, Tigers 2
Jeimer Candelario drew a two-out walk against Royals reliever Peter Moylan, but that's all the Tigers could muster as Mikie Mahtook grounded out back to the pitcher to end the frame.
Nick Castellanos grounded out to third and John Hicks grounded out to shortstop to start the inning.
Top 7th: Royals 6, Tigers 2
Alcides Escobar led things off with a double off the wall in right field, and Alex Gordon served up a double of his own to left field to put Kansas City up 3-2.
That was the end of the line for Matt Boyd, but Warwick Saupold didn't fare any better, giving up an RBI double to Whit Merrifield. 4-2.
Lorenzo Cain kept the good vibes going for Kansas City with an RBI single to right field. 5-2.
Bad things continued to happen when Melky Cabrera doubled to right field, putting runners on the corners and forcing Saupold to the bench without having recorded an out. Jairo Labourt got the call from the bullpen, and one wild pitch later, the Royals had another run. 6-2.
Labourt finally got the first out of the inning by striking out Eric Hosmer, and he got out of the frame by getting Mike Moustakas to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Bottom 6th: Tigers 2, Royals 2
James McCann singled to left field to leadoff the frame, but he was thrown out at second when Jacoby Jones grounded into a fielder's choice. Jones was able to swipe second base when Dixon Machado struck out swinging, but Ian Kinsler extended the inning by drawing a walk. With two men on, Alex Presley grounded out to second to end the threat.
That's going to be the end of the line for Jason Hammel, who labored through a lot of these at-bats in the sixth, pushing his pitch count to 111.
Top 6th: Tigers 2, Royals 2
Mike Moustakas singled to left field with two outs, but Matt Boyd (86 pitches) put that behind him and got Jorge Bonifacio to fly out to center field to end the inning.
Boyd is having a pretty good outing tonight at Comerica Park: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Eric Hosmer grounded out to second and Salvador Perez struck out swinging to start the inning.
Bottom 5th: Tigers 2, Royals 2
Ian Kinsler took the first pitch of the fifth inning and slammed it over the fence in left field for, you guessed it, a solo home run that ties the game at 2-2.
Kinsler has 15 home runs this season...all of which have come with the bases empty, per the broadcast on Fox Sports 1.
Nick Castellanos notched a one-out single to center field, and after John Hicks lined out to shortstop, Jeimer Candelario drew a two-out walk. With two men on, Mikie Mahtook struck out swinging to end the threat.
Top 5th: Royals 2, Tigers 1
Whit Merrifield notched a two-out double to right-center, and after Lorenzo Cain drew a walk, Boyd had himself in a bit of a pickle. The Tigers lefty was able to get through it, striking out Melky Cabrera to end the inning.
Bottom 4th: Royals 2, Tigers 1
John Hicks singled to left field and moved up to third after Jeimer Candelario singled to center field to give the Tigers their first real threat of the night. After Mikie Mahtook struck out, James McCann appeared to ground into an inning-ending double play, but Mike Moustakas booted the ball and the Tigers were able to score and cut their deficit to 2-1.
With runners on first and second, Jacoby Jones grounded into a fielder's choice, moving the runners up to second and third. Dixon Machado couldn't bring anyone else home, striking out to end the inning.
Top 4th: Royals 2, Tigers 0
Mike Moustakas drew a two-out walk, but Matt Boyd got Jorge Bonifacio to pop out to second to end the frame.
Eric Hosmer grounded out to shortstop and Salvador Perez flew out to right field to start the inning.
Boyd's pitch count is in good shape at 56.
Bottom 3rd: Royals 2, Tigers 0
Dixon Machado reach on an infield single to leadoff the inning, and after Ian Kinsler grounded into a fielder's choice, Alex Presley singled to right field. Kinsler tried to get to third on the play but was thrown out. Nick Castellanos flew out to deep center field to end the inning.
Top 3rd: Royals 2, Tigers 0
Whit Merrifield struck out looking, Lorenzo Cain struck out swinging and Melky Cabrera flew out to right field as Matt Boyd bounced back from a rough second inning.
Bottom 2nd: Royals 2, Tigers 0
Mikie Mahtook singled through the left side of the infield, but James McCann struck out swinging and Jacoby Jones flew out to center field to get Jason Hammel out of the inning.
Jeimer Candelario flew out to right field to leadoff the inning.
Top 2nd: Royals 2, Tigers 0
Salvador Perez hit his 23rd home run of the season with a one-out solo shot to left-center off of Matt Boyd, putting Kansas City on top 1-0.
Mike Moustakas followed with a single to center field, and after Jorge Bonifacio flew out to center field, Alcides Escobar tripled to left-center to score Moustakas and put the Royals up 2-0.
Bottom 1st: Tigers 0, Royals 0
Nick Castellanos took a Jason Hammel offering a drilled it to the wall in center field for a two-out double, but John Hicks was able to bring him home as he grounded out to shortstop to end the frame.
Ian Kinsler flew out to left field and Alex Presley struck out looking to start the inning.
Top 1st: Tigers 0, Royals 0
Whit Merrifield grounded out to third, Lorenzo Cain did the same and Melky Cabrera flew out to left field as Matt Boyd (8 pitches) put together a neat and tidy opening frame.
ROYALS AT TIGERS
First pitch: 7:10 p.m., Comerica Park, Detroit
TV/radio: Fox Sports 1/97.1 FM
Records: The Tigers are 59-79, fourth place in the American League Central Division, 23 games behind the Cleveland Indians. The Royals are 68-69, third place in the AL Central, 13.5 games behind the Indians, and three games behind the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels for the second wild-card spot.
1. Whit Merrifield, 2B
2. Lorenzo Cain, CF
3. Melky Cabrera, RF
4. Eric Hosmer, 1B
5. Salvador Perez, C
6. Mike Moustakas, 3B
7. Jorge Bonifacio, DH
8. Alcides Escobar, SS
9. Alex Gordon, LF
SP: Jason Hammel, RHP
1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Alex Presley, RF
3. Nick Castellanos, 3B
4. John Hicks, 1B
5. Jeimer Candelario, 3B
6. Mikie Mahtook, LF
7. James McCann, C
8. JaCoby Jones, CF
9. Dixon Machado, SS
SP: Matthew Boyd, LHP