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Penny throws 8 scoreless innings, Tigers blank K.C.

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DETROIT -- First, Brandon Inge caught a foul popup while falling into the crowd. Then Casper Wells went sliding across the grass to grab a line drive in right field.

Finally, Austin Jackson topped them both, running down a deep fly ball in center before reaching out and backhanding it with his back still turned to the infield.

Brad Penny pitched eight scoreless innings for Detroit on Saturday, but he had plenty of help from his fielders as the Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 3-0. Penny allowed five hits and no walks. He struck out only two, but the Tigers were ready when Kansas City's hitters put the ball in play.

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"We had some awesome plays today," Penny said. "That's probably the best defense I've had, personally, in one start in my career."

Detroit has won seven straight and 10 of 11.

The Tigers scored three runs in the first inning, then made a few marvelous plays in the field to prevent a Kansas City comeback. Inge, the third baseman, caught that foul popup to end the second. Wells and Jackson made their big catches in the fourth - with a man on base.

Jackson's catch came on a drive by Eric Hosmer.

"I threw a changeup right down the middle," Penny said. "The guy crushed it, but Austin's great out there."

Detroit second baseman Scott Sizemore made a diving stop to his left on a groundball in the seventh.

Penny (4-3) threw 110 pitches before giving way to Jose Valverde, who struck out two in a hitless ninth, earning his 10th save. Penny has pitched at least six innings without allowing an earned run in three of his last five starts.

"He commanded the ball and threw strikes, he threw curves for strikes, he moved the ball in and out," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He didn't make three mistakes we could crush, and their defense played great."

Despite shutting down the Tigers after the first, Kansas City's Jeff Francis (0-5) remains without a win since July 30. He's allowed three or fewer earned runs six times this season.

"It wasn't like we knocked the ball around," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "Sometimes you win with the longball and the gapper, and sometimes you win other ways. The old saying, pitching and defense, it keeps you in almost every game, and it wins you a few games, obviously, as well."

Francis pitched all eight innings for Kansas City, allowing seven hits and a walk. He struck out four.

"Just didn't come out of the chute with the best stuff," Francis said. "I guess I got a wake up call."

The Tigers scored three runs in the first on five singles. The last three hits came from Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta, each driving in a run.

Martinez extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Peralta added a sixth-inning double to reach 1,000 hits for his career.

The home crowd gave Peralta a standing ovation after his milestone hit, which also gave the Tigers at least one extra-base hit in all 40 games this season. Peralta now has a 10-game hitting streak.

The Tigers lost seven straight before this stretch of 10 wins in 11 games.

"I knew we were a lot better team than we were playing (like), and me personally, I pitched terribly the first few games," Penny said. "It's nice to get a winning streak going."

Notes

  • Penny threw 110 pitches.
  • Despite shutting down the Tigers after the first, Francis remains without a win since July 30. He's allowed three or fewer earned runs six times this season.
  • The Tigers lost seven straight before this stretch of 10 wins in 11 games.
  • Martinez is hitting .468 during his hitting streak. Peralta is hitting .441 during his.
  • Sizemore had two hits for Detroit.
 
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Tigers starter Brad Penny pitches eight scoreless innings vs. the Royals. (AP)
Tigers starter Brad Penny pitches eight scoreless innings vs. the Royals. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

B. Penny
IP 8.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 0
K 2
Detroit

J. Peralta
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mike Aviles, 2B4010000 .252
Melky Cabrera, CF4000011 .273
Alex Gordon, LF4010010 .292
Billy Butler, DH4010011 .292
Jeff Francoeur, RF3010101 .295
Eric Hosmer, 1B4000003 .241
Wilson Betemit, 3B3010011 .317
Brayan Pena, C3000001 .196
Alcides Escobar, SS3000000 .218
Totals3205014  
Batting
2B - Billy Butler (11, Penny), Jeff Francoeur (12, Penny)
Team LOB - 6
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Francis (L,0-5) 8733140 4.83
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 112-69
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 11-9
Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 32
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF4110010 .229
Scott Sizemore, 2B4120000 .263
Ryan Raburn, LF3000001 .214
Miguel Cabrera, 1B3111111 .309
Victor Martinez, C4011001 .330
Jhonny Peralta, SS3021001 .307
Brennan Boesch, DH3000003 .290
Casper Wells, RF3000013 .239
Brandon Inge, 3B3000010 .198
Totals3037314  
Batting
2B - Jhonny Peralta (6, Francis)
SH - Ryan Raburn (1)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera (27), Victor Martinez (23), Jhonny Peralta (22)
Team LOB - 5
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brad Penny (W,4-3) 8500020 4.11
Jose Valverde (S,10) 1000120 1.50
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Penny 110-69, Jose Valverde 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Penny 15-7
Batters Faced - Brad Penny 29, Jose Valverde 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37647
Game Time - 2:22
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Dan Bellino, Third Base - Larry Vanover