09/24 22:39 CDT Perez, Franco homer as Royals beat Tigers 8-7
Perez, Franco homer as Royals beat Tigers 8-7
By AVERY OSEN
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) --- Salvador Perez hit a three-run home run, Maikel
Franco hit a go-ahead homer in the sixth inning and the Kansas City Royals beat
the Detroit Tigers 8-7 on Thursday night.
Franco's eighth homer of the season put the Royals ahead in a game between two
teams eliminated from postseason play. Adalberto Mondesi had four hits and two
RBIs, Perez had two hits and three RBIs, and Jorge Soler plated one.
Miguel Cabrera continued his hot streak with a two-run homer in the fifth to
tie the game at 4. He has four home runs and 12 RBIs in the past four games.
Tigers starter Michael Fulmer was pulled after 2 1/3 innings having given up
four runs and seven hits on just 42 pitches. Tyler Alexander (2-3) got the
loss, allowing a run and two hits over 2 2/3.
The Royals got to Fulmer in the first with singles by Whit Merrifield and
Mondesi, and Perez hit a three-run homer on the ensuing at-bat into the left
Willi Castro hit a two-run home run for Detroit, his sixth of the season, to
make it 3-2 in the third. Castro, Cabrera and Harold Castro had RBIs in the
eighth off right-hander Josh Staumont, who gave up three runs and got just two
Royals starter Kris Bubic allowed four runs, eight hits and three walks over 4
2/3 innings, striking out five. Jesse Hahn (1-0) got four outs and his first
major league win since 2017, and Jake Newberry completed his first career save.
Soler scored Hunter Dozier on a double in the sixth, and Mondesi had a two-run
single to extend the lead to 8-4.
Before the game, Royals OF Alex Gordon announced his retirement following this
season. The second overall pick in 2005 will leave the game playing all 13
seasons for the Royals. He has won seven Gold Gloves, second most in franchise
history behind Frank White's eight.
The Royals recalled LHP Richard Lovelady and optioned RHP Scott Blewett.
Tigers 3B Jeimer Candelario left the game (low back tightness) and is
Royals OF Franchy Cordero will be ready to play on Friday after exiting the
game with leg cramps.
Detroit will send RHP Spencer Turnbull (4-3, 3.83) to the hill Friday night as
the Royals counter with RHP Brad Keller (4-3, 2.77), who will look to rebound
after giving up five runs in five innings on Sunday against Milwaukee.
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