After being held base runner-less for five innings, the KC Royals fought back but could not beat Detroit, as they lost the series finale, 6-4. The two teams split the four-game series, yet match up again next weekend for three games in Detroit.
The Royals (and a packed Kauffman Stadium) will take Monday off and resume the homestand on Tuesday night, when they welcome Cleveland to town for three games. Jason Vargas will start the series opener against Danny Salazar.
Paulo Orlando started the sixth with a single up the middle, but the Royals could do nothing with the leadoff hitter aboard.
In the 7th inning, the Royals finally broke through against Sanchez, scoring two runs, one on an Erik Kratz sac fly (he entered on defense in the top of the inning) and the other on an Omar Infante two out single.
In the eighth, the Royals chased Sanchez from the game after a Christian Colon one out single. Tigers reliever Tom Gorzelanny allowed an Alex Gordon double, followed by a Mike Moustakas RBI ground out and a Kendrys Morales RBI single before getting out of the inning.
Former Royal Joakim Soria closed the door on the Royals hopes in the ninth, with a perfect inning (two ground outs).
Meanwhile, Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie had another subpar showing. He allowed all 11 Tigers hits over six innings. He allowed at least one hit an inning. Alex Avila hit a two-run single in the fourth and Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run home run off Guthrie in the fifth.
Brandon Finnegan pitched two scoreless innings of relief, though he did walk the leadoff hitter in the eighth (but then got a double play to end the inning). He struck out three, including Ian Kinsler and Miggy in the seventh.
Kelvin Herrera, who STILL has yet to serve his suspension, pitched a scoreless ninth.
*Centerfielder Lorenzo Cain dropped his appeal of his two-game suspension and began serving it this afternoon. He will be back on Wednesday for the second game of the three-game series against Cleveland (and against right-hander Carlos Carrasco).