Matthew Boyd conceded two points in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth, while Brad Keller ended the Tigers offensive in eight innings to give Detroit their second consecutive loss after the All-Canadian break. Star. The 4-1 victory put the Royals in fourth place in the AL Central, ahead of the Tigers heading south.
Once again, the Tigers were first on the board. Brandon Dixon had a single in one in the second and a triple in two outings by Harold Castro allowed Detroit to qualify 1-0. Keller managed to convince Bobby Wilson to end up with Castro in third place, and he did not allow another Detroit baseball player to go to the eighth inning.
Boyd held the Royals at one sure shot in the first four innings, but trouble began. Hunter Dozier started the fifth inning with a brace and Jorge Soler walked to put two with no way out. Cheslor Cuthbert flew to the center of the field, moving Dozier to third place. Bubba Starling, who spent eight seasons in the minor leagues, scored for the first major league game to tie the game at 1. Nicky Lopez then scored a goal on the right to allow the Royals to lead 2-1. After that, Jeimer Candelario made a good defensive play and went around the horn for a double game to end the round.
Boyd scoured the bases in the sixth inning with a pair of outsiders, and Cuthbert scored two goals at home to score 4-1 for Kansas City. The Royals' three RBI singles snuck past the Tigers defensemen, but that was all Kansas City needed as Keller scored 18 Tigers in a row to keep the lead.
The Tigers threatened John Hicks and Jordy Mercer in the eighth inning, but Alex Gordon made a dive pass on a free kick to Victor Reyes' left-field to end the threat.
Joe Jimenez left Boyd in the eighth quarter, giving up a pair of singles with a withdrawal, when Cuthbert broke the ground for Candelario again. The Tigers made three double games in the game, all created by Candelario, who skirted the horn to end the run in the second, fifth and eighth innings.
Ian Kennedy went into the ninth and pulled the Tigers out to save. Detroit fell to 28-59 for the season while the Royals improve to 32-61. The winning percentage at Detroit is 322, which is at a record 52-110 in 162 games.
Final pitching lines
Boyd: 7 innings, 4 earned runs, 10 strikeouts, 4 balls.
Keller: 8 innings, 1 earned run, 7 strikeouts, no turns.