The KC Royals lost the first game in their series in Detroit, 6-5. Both teams traded four-run innings.
The Tigers four-run inning came in the second against Royals starter Yordano Ventura. The Tigers didn’t exactly hit anything hard, but they strung together five straight singles to score those four runs. The inning started with a walk.
Ventura settled down from there. He got Miguel Cabrera to line into a double play and then got a fly out to end the second. There were three other base runners (two on walks), but Ventura escaped.
Overall, Ventura allowed those four runs on six hits and three walks over six innings. He struck out four.
Meanwhile, the Royals scored their four runs to tie the game in the fourth. Salvador Perez got the scoring started with a two-run home run. With two outs, Christian Colon singled in another run. The final run scored on an error.
The Royals had their own problems in the field, which cost them the game.
Jason Frasor entered in relief of Ventura in the seventh and immediately allowed a single to Anthony Gose. Gose stole second base and went to third on Perez’ error. After a walk, Frasor struck out Miggy and then was replaced by Ryan Madson. Madson got a ground out, but it scored a run to tie the game at 5-5.
Wade Davis escaped a jam that he created in the eighth (he walked the leadoff batter and a stolen base put the go ahead run on second base).
Yohan Pino, just re-called today, allowed a leadoff double in the bottom of the ninth. Ian Kinsler laid down a bunt to put the runner on third base, but Pino threw it away and the Tigers walked off.
The Royals offense had just one base runner against the Tigers bullpen, but it was erased on a double play. The Tigers relievers induced two DPs.