MLB Game Recap - Kansas City at Detroit
Sun Apr 7, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

MIN
1
PHI
2
F
NYY
15
BAL
3
F
WAS
12
NYM
9
F
KC
1
DET
3
F
TOR
1
CLE
3
F
MIA
3
ATL
4
F
CIN
5
PIT
7
F
CHC
2
MIL
4
F
OAK
8
HOU
9
F
SEA
12
CHW
5
F
SD
1
STL
4
F
TB
3
SF
0
F
TEX
2
LAA
7
F
BOS
1
ARI
0
F
LAD
12
COL
6
F

April 7, 2019 1:10 PM

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Kansas City (2-6)

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

7

0

Detroit (7-3)

0

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

x

3

5

0

W: Ross (1-1)

L: Keller (1-1)

S: Greene (7)

KC - HR: none

DET - HR: none

Ross sharp, Tigers win 5th straight; KC drops 6th in row
Sun Apr 7, 2019 4:46 PM

DETROIT (AP) Tyson Ross finally pitched at Comerica Park - and certainly enjoyed his new surroundings.

Ross pitched seven impressive innings, and the Detroit Tigers extended their winning streak to five with a 3-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

Ross signed with the Tigers in the offseason, and Comerica was the last current ballpark he hadn't pitched in. The 31-year-old right-hander allowed a run and five hits with a walk and eight strikeouts.

"It feels good," he said. "Beautiful mound out there. It was nice to be out there for the first time and have such great defense behind me."

Rookie outfielder Christin Stewart, whose grand slam lifted Detroit to a win Saturday, drove in two more runs to help the Tigers complete a three-game sweep of their first home series. Joe Jimenez pitched the eighth for Detroit and Shane Greene finished. Greene has saves in all seven victories this season for the Tigers and has not blown any.

With two outs in the ninth and a man on base, center fielder Niko Goodrum ended the game with a diving catch. Greene became the first pitcher since saves became an official stat in 1969 to earn seven in his team's first 10 games.

Ross (1-1) and the Detroit relievers got plenty of help from their fielders. Catcher John Hicks threw out both Billy Hamilton and Whit Merrifield trying to steal.

Brad Keller (1-1) allowed three runs in six innings for the Royals, who have dropped six in a row. Because of off days, Keller was starting for the third time in his team's first eight games.

"Going into the second inning, he was like 45 pitches before we got an out," Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. "But he got it settled down a little bit, and was able to give us a good, strong six in that situation. I thought he threw the ball extremely well, too."

Merrifield and Hamilton had three hits each for Kansas City. Merrifield extended his hitting streak to 28 games dating to last season. He's just two shy of George Brett's franchise record.

Merrifield led off the game with a double and eventually scored on Alex Gordon's one-out groundout. Stewart tied it in the second with an RBI triple, and the Tigers took the lead when he scored on Gordon Beckham's double play grounder.

Stewart added an RBI single in the sixth.

CHANCES

The Royals had two on with one out in the third and didn't score, and they had men on first and third with one out in the eighth and came up empty again. Merrifield was caught stealing second in the eighth.

The speedy Royals were 6 for 7 on stolen base attempts before going 2 for 4 on Sunday.

"It's just part of who we are. It's our identity as a team," Merrifield said. "The goal is to be more successful than not."

STARTING STRONG

Remarkably, Ross was the first starter for Detroit credited with a win this season - even though the Tigers' rotation has a 2.02 ERA through 10 games.

"It is about throwing the ball over the plate and catching the ball. We've been doing a pretty nice job of that," Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Our catcher threw out a couple guys - none bigger than one of the last ones - and our starting pitcher threw the ball over, really attacked, gave us another great performance out there."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: Hamilton stole second base in the third inning, but he paid a price when the throw hit him in the left arm, and his head appeared to crash into the glove of Detroit's Josh Harrison. Both players were a bit shaken up but remained in the game.

Tigers: Detroit reinstated RHP Drew VerHagen (right shoulder) from the 10-day injured list to replace LHP Matt Moore, who went on the IL with a right knee injury.

UP NEXT

Royals: Kansas City returns home to face Seattle. RHP Homer Bailey (0-0) starts for the Royals on Monday night against RHP Felix Hernandez (1-0).

Tigers: Detroit has Monday off before hosting a series with Cleveland. Jordan Zimmermann (0-0) takes the mound Tuesday for the Tigers against Corey Kluber (0-2).

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Pitchers of Record

Kansas City IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
B. Keller (L, 1-1) 6 5 3 3 3 4.50 1.333
Detroit IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
T. Ross (W, 1-1) 7 5 1 1 8 1.29 0.857
S. Greene (S, 7) 1 0 0 1 2 0.00 1.000

Batting Leaders

Kansas City AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
B. Hamilton 3 3 0 0 0 0 3 1 2.2
W. Merrifield 4 3 1 0 0 0 4 1 2.1
Detroit AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
C. Stewart 4 2 1 0 2 0 4 0 2.0
J. Mercer 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.7

Team Comparison

KC DET
At Bats 31 28
Hits 7 5
Batting Average .226 .179
On Base Percentage .273 .303
Slugging Percentage 0.258 0.321
Doubles 1 2
Triples 0 1
Home Runs 0 0
Total Bases 8 9
Walks 2 4
Strikeouts 10 7
Stolen Bases 2 0
Caught Stealing 2 0
Runners Left On Base 5 6
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 1/6 2/9
Double Plays Fielded 3 0
Errors 0 0

2019 Regular Season - DET Leads Series 3-0

Date Result Winner Loser
Thu Apr 4 KC 4 @ DET 5 B. Hardy K. Zimmer
Sat Apr 6 KC 4 @ DET 7 V. Alcantara K. McCarthy
Sun Apr 7 KC 1 @ DET 3 T. Ross B. Keller

Game Information

Stadium: Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
Attendance: 15,058
Game Time: 2:24
Weather: 62F, Mildly Cloudy
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?