The Tigers walked off on the Royals, 5-2, on a three-run home run in the 10th inning. They came within a fingernail of their first road series victory of the year. It didn’t happen.
Overall, it was a pretty uneventful game. Here are the things to know:
2nd inning: Kelvin Gutierrez stayed hot and hit an RBI single, which followed a Jorge Soler double and a Ryan O’Hearn single. 1-0, Royals.
3rd inning: Nick Castellanos singled home the tying run. 1-1.
5th inning: The corpse of Miguel Cabrera, who had six hits in these three games, hits an RBI single to give Detroit a lead. 2-1.
8th inning: Hunter Dozier blasts a game-tying homer off Joe Jimenez. It was his eighth home run of the year, which ties Jorge Soler for the team lead. 2-2.
Brad Keller: 5.1 innings, six hits, two runs. He had six strikeouts and a weird five walks, but he did settle down for a decent performance. His ERA dipped back under 4.00 on the year.
The Royals’ bullpen did a really nice job getting the contest to extras as well. Scott Barlow worked in and out of trouble in the sixth when he helped the team escape a bases loaded, one-out jam. Jake Diekman worked a flawless eighth. Brad Boxberger handled a scoreless ninth.
Ian Kennedy got into some trouble in the 10th inning when Kelvin Gutierrez misplayed a couple of ground ball chances, but he looked like he was going to get out of it when he got within a strike of escaping. Then something called a Brandon Dixon hit a three-run homer and the Royals lost. Yuck.
The record is 12-22. They are 4-12 on the road. Not great, Bob.
Up next: the Royals travel to Houston for three games with the Astros. They’ll miss Justin Verlander. Monday’s probables: Jake Junis and Gerrit Cole.