Miguel Cabrera scored four runs, including a go-forward, a two-run double in the sixth inning, as the Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 5–1.
DETROIT – Miguel Cabrera scored four runs, including a two-run double in the sixth inning, as the Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 5-1 on Saturday.
Jammer Candelario supplied a run-scoring double for the Tigers, who have won five out of six. Jonathan Shoop scored two hits and two runs.
The winning pitcher Drew Hutchison (3-1) allowed only one unearned run in his 2 2/3 innings of relief. Michael Fulmer took four outs for his 12th save.
Royals starter John Hesley kept the Tigers scoreless in 5 1/3 innings in his second career outing.
Tigers left fielder Aqeel Baddu jumped into third to rob Hunter Dossier of a homer.
Kansas City scored their lone run without a hit against Hutchison in fifth on Dossier’s sacrificial fly
Cabrera’s two-out, an off-field double off Domingo Tapia (4-1), was followed by an RBI double from Candelario.
Cabrera added a two-run single off Ervin Santana in the eighth.
Detroit outfielder Victor Reyes was ruled out after the fifth inning with a right groin stiffness. He received seven hits in his last nine plate appearances.
special start time
The series finale will begin Sunday at 12:10 p.m. Traffic concerns have pushed the game forward, with the Detroit Lions playing a 1 p.m. game next door.
Detroit starter Tariq Scoble scored his 200th strikeout in his 38th career. This is the fastest Tigers pitcher to reach that point in the history of the franchise.
Royals: LHP Chris Bubic (5-6, 4.80) is set to begin the three-match series finale on Sunday. Bubic, who restricted Seattle to one run in 6 1/3 innings on his last start, is 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA in three games against the Tigers this season.
Tigers: RHP Willie Peralta (4-3, 3.04 ERA) pulled off a 16-innings scoreless streak in Sunday’s game. He limited Tampa Bay to three hits in seven innings last Sunday.
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