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Detroit at Kansas City

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Detroit (48-42) «2120000016121
Kansas City (36-53)201000100490

Tigers 6, Royals 4

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Sometimes a manager's got to do what a manger's got to do.

Detroit's Jim Leyland did not want to use closer Jose Valverde on Friday night because he had pitched on consecutive nights.

"But I had to," Leyland said.

Changing his mind, Leyland sent his All-Star reliever out to start the ninth inning and may have almost wished he hadn't.

It was a struggle. But with two outs and the bases loaded, Valverde finally retired Billy Butler on a fly ball to wrap up a 6-4 victory over Kansas City and his 23rd consecutive save.

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"I talked to him before the game. He said he was fine. He had two days off, then pitched two days," Leyland said. "He was all right but he won't pitch the rest of the first half for us. He'll be off for two days. He'll be off for four days for sure."

Magglio Ordonez's two-run homer just six pitches into the game staked Rick Porcello to an early lead and got the Tigers rolling past Kyle Davies and the reeling Royals.

Davies (1-8) lost his seventh straight decision and the Royals dropped to 5-14 in their past 19 games.

"I've struggled. It's been a struggle the first half," Davies said. "Coming out of spring training I thought I was throwing the ball pretty well. Obviously you look at the numbers, they're not good. Nobody wants those numbers going into the half."

While trying to hold onto a slim lead, Leyland had a pleasant duty handed to him. About the eighth inning, he told shortstop Jhonny Peralta he had just been named to the All-Star team, replacing Derek Jeter of the Yankees. As it turned out Peralta was key to the win, with two hits, an RBI, a run scored and a key defensive play.

"He's an All-Star player this year," Leyland said. "He deserves to go. I'm sure he's very tickled, very thrilled and I'm thrilled for him. He's a great teammate. I couldn't be happier. For [catcher Alex] Avila and Peralta going for the first time, that's really a thrill, and both of them deserve it."

Only one of the three runs the Royals scored off Porcello (8-6) was earned. The lanky right-hander went 5 1/3 innings and allowed six hits. He struck out five and walked just one -- the 14th time in 17 outings he has allowed two or fewer walks.

Davies, making his second start since returning from the disabled list with inflammation of the right rotator cuff, gave up a leadoff double to Andy Dirks, who had three hits.

One out later, Ordonez hit the struggling right-hander's first offering over the fence for a 2-0 lead. Davies went six innings and allowed five runs and nine hits, with three walks and four strikeouts.

The Royals closed to 5-4 in the seventh when Melky Cabrera doubled home a run off reliever David Purcey. But with two outs, Peralta made a standout play running to his right to stop Butler's hard-hit grounder and nip the heavy-footed DH at first.

"I am thrilled he is going to the All-Star game with us," Avila said. "He obviously deserves it."

The Tigers loaded the bases with no outs in the second on a walk and two soft singles but got only one run, on Dirks' infield grounder with one out.

Ryan Raburn, who had singled and was on first, went piling into shortstop Alcides Escobar to break up the attempted double play as Peralta crossed the plate.

The Royals bounced back with two unearned runs in the bottom of the first after Chris Getz reached leading off on third baseman Brandon Inge's fielding error.

After Cabrera's single, Alex Gordon rifled an RBI single into center with one out and Jeff Francoeur hit a sacrifice fly.

Victor Martinez's infield grounder brought in Ordonez from third base with another run in the third and then Peralta made it 5-2 with an RBI double.

Porcello, after striking out the side in the third, gave up three straight singles starting the fourth, including Butler's RBI single. Porcello escaped by getting Eric Hosmer on a fielder's choice grounder and Francoeur and Mike Moustakas on fly balls.

The Tigers added a run off Tim Collins in the ninth on Brennan Boesch's fielder's choice grounder.

At least the Royals won't have to face Valverde, who picked up the save in the Tigers' two victories beginning this four-game series.

A crowd of almost 34,000 was on its feet when Butler flied out to right on a 2-0 pitch to end the game.

"I got myself in a good hitter's count, got a good pitch to hit, put a good swing on it and just didn't get a good result," Butler said. "It's just the tough thing about baseball."

Getz, a three-year veteran, was ejected for the first time in his career for arguing with first base umpire Tom Hallion after he was called out on a close play ending the fourth.

Notes

The Royals optioned LHP Danny Duffy to Triple-A Omaha and brought up LHP Everett Teaford. Duffy will return after the All-Star break and start against the White Sox on July 19. ... OF Austin Jackson underwent treatment for a sore left wrist and Detroit manager Jim Leyland said he would not start until after the All-Star break. ... KC rookie 3B Mike Moustakas was 0 for 4 and is hitless in his past 21 at-bats.

 
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Players of the Game
Detroit

M. Ordonez
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Kansas City

M. Cabrera
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Andy Dirks, CF-LF5131000 .257
Brennan Boesch, LF5001003 .302
    Austin Jackson, PR-CF0000000 .245
Magglio Ordonez, RF3222100 .215
    Casper Wells, RF1000001 .257
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4110011 .316
Victor Martinez, DH4011010 .318
Jhonny Peralta, SS4121001 .313
Alex Avila, C2010201 .289
Ryan Raburn, 2B4120012 .210
Brandon Inge, 3B3000015 .186
Totals35612634  
Batting
2B - Andy Dirks (4, Davies), Miguel Cabrera (21, Davies), Jhonny Peralta (16, Davies)
HR - Magglio Ordonez (3, Davies)
SH - Brandon Inge (3)
RBI - Andy Dirks (17), Brennan Boesch (41), Magglio Ordonez 2 (13), Victor Martinez (49), Jhonny Peralta (50)
CS - Andy Dirks (2, 2nd base by Davies/B. Pena)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Brandon Inge (7, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rick Porcello (W,8-6) 5.1631150 4.78
David Purcey (H,3) 1.1111110 4.26
Lester Oliveros (H,1) 0.1000000 1.93
Phil Coke (H,3) 1100010 4.88
Jose Valverde (S,23) 1100210 2.77
Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 90-65, David Purcey 28-17, Lester Oliveros 2-1, Phil Coke 12-8, Jose Valverde 31-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 7-5, David Purcey 1-2, Lester Oliveros 1-0, Jose Valverde 1-1
Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 24, David Purcey 6, Lester Oliveros 1, Phil Coke 3, Jose Valverde 6
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Getz, 2B3100010 .256
    Wilson Betemit, 2B1100111 .286
Melky Cabrera, CF4231110 .291
Alex Gordon, LF4031111 .301
Billy Butler, DH5011014 .289
Eric Hosmer, 1B3000102 .274
Jeff Francoeur, RF3011002 .269
Mike Moustakas, 3B4000015 .227
Brayan Pena, C4010010 .269
Alcides Escobar, SS4000011 .248
Totals3549448  
Batting
2B - Melky Cabrera (23, Purcey)
SF - Jeff Francoeur (9)
RBI - Melky Cabrera (49), Alex Gordon (47), Billy Butler (36), Jeff Francoeur (56)
SB - Melky Cabrera (12, 3rd base off Porcello/Avila), Alex Gordon (6, 2nd base off Porcello/Avila)
CS - Jeff Francoeur (4, 2nd base by Coke/Avila)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Melky Cabrera 1
DP - Escobar-Betemit-Hosmer
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Davies (L,1-8) 6955341 7.74
Blake Wood 1000000 2.89
Tim Collins 2311000 3.74
IBB - Avila by Kyle Davies
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Davies 105-60, Blake Wood 11-6, Tim Collins 33-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Davies 7-5, Blake Wood 2-1, Tim Collins 4-1
Batters Faced - Kyle Davies 28, Blake Wood 3, Tim Collins 8
Game Information
Attendance - 34563
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Al Porter