Speedy Kansas City Royals rally late to beat Detroit Tigers, 3-2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Adalberto Mondesi and Terrance Gore used their speed to help the Kansas City Royals rally for a win.
Mondesi and Jorge Soler had consecutive one-out doubles in the eighth inning to tie it, and pinch-runner Gore stole third and scored the go-ahead run on Cheslor Cuthbert’s ensuing single to lead the Royals to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.
Kansas City manager Ned Yost credited Mondesi for “a hustle double” — his third hit of the game — to start the rally. He then scored on Soler’s hit off Victor Alcantara (2-1). Gore ran for Soler, stole third and scored on Cuthbert’s single between three fielders in right field to give the Royals their first lead of the game.
“Cuthbert got a break on that one, hit a pop-up into no-man’s land,” Yost said. “That’s the first break we’ve caught in a while, but I’ll take it.”
Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire agreed with Yost’s assessment of the go-ahead run.
“I guess it’s no-man’s land,” Gardenhire said. “Somebody has to take charge on the ball. With us playing the infield in, it bloops out there. The ball landed and that was just a break for them.”
It was the first time all season the Kansas City won when trailing after six innings.
Mondesi had rounded first aggressively on his first two hits before heading back to the bag. With his club down a run, he didn’t hesitate on his last hit.
“Every time I hit the ball I run hard,” Mondesi said. “When I hit it I saw the left fielder was in the gap, so I thought I had a chance. I just ran hard.”
Scott Barlow (2-2) pitched a scoreless eighth inning to get the win, and Ian Kennedy got the last three outs for his fifth save.
The Tigers’ bullpen wasted a brilliant effort from Spencer Turnbull. He scattered four hits and two walks with five strikeouts over six innings. It was only the third time in 14 starts that Turnbull had not allowed a run.
Jakob Junis had a quality start for Kansas City, allowing two runs and five hits — including solo homers by Nicholas Castellanos and Brandon Dixon — with five strikeouts in seven innings.
The Tigers got to Junis in the first on a 427-foot home run by Castellanos to left-center. It was Castellanos’ 100th career homer.
Dixon hit a 447-foot homer in the fourth into the fountains 20 feet beyond where Castellanos’ homer traveled, to put the Tigers up 2-0.