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Betemit lifts Tigers to win over Royals

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers have two of the best players in the majors in ace Justin Verlander and slugger Miguel Cabrera.

The rest of the roster is holding up quite nicely, too.

Wilson Betemit capped Detroit's three-run eighth inning with a tiebreaking RBI double against his former team, leading the Tigers to a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.

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Betemit's big hit came less than 18 hours after reserve Ramon Santiago delivered a game-ending homer in the 10th inning.

"People wonder why I play so many different lineups, but that's what you have to do when you want to win a division," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "You don't win unless you get contributions from everyone, and you have to play them so that they are ready to make a play when you need them."

Austin Jackson went 4 for 4 and scored three times for the AL Central-leading Tigers, who have won seven of 10. Cabrera added two hits and Jose Valverde worked the ninth for his 40th save in 40 chances.

"Austin had a great game for us - that's exactly what we want from him at the top of the order," Leyland said. "When he's hitting, it is a really big tonic for our offense."

Eric Hosmer had a pair of solo homers for Kansas City, which has dropped four of six.

Jackson sparked the winning rally with a leadoff triple against Blake Wood (5-2). Ramon Santiago followed with a sacrifice fly that trimmed Kansas City's lead to 4-3.

With one out and Delmon Young on first, Victor Martinez hit an RBI double into left-center. Alex Gordon made a diving attempt on the ball but couldn't haul it in.

"Alex made the dive, and I couldn't tell if he got it or not until I saw Melky [Cabrera] running after the ball," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He covered a lot of ground to even get close to that."

Alex Avila was intentionally walked before Betemit hit a liner into the right-field corner to drive in pinch-runner Brennan Boesch. Jeff Francoeur cut down Avila at the plate to end the inning.

"I haven't been swinging the bat well in the last couple games, but this was a big situation," said Betemit, who was acquired from the Royals on July 20. "I know Blake throws hard, so I was looking for something I could hit. He threw me a slider, and I put a great swing on it."

Daniel Schlereth (2-1) pitched an inning to get the victory and Valverde got Alcides Escobar to fly out with runners on first and second to end the game.

Hosmer connected in the second and the fourth, hitting a drive to right on a 1-2 pitch each time, and Kansas City added two more runs in the sixth to take a 4-2 lead.

Gordon hit a leadoff single and scored on Melky Cabrera's double. Cabrera then scored when Young couldn't handle Billy Butler's drive to left and misplayed it again when trying to pick it up.

"I thought I was pitching well until the sixth -- other than the two homers, obviously," Tigers starter Rick Porcello said. "Things got away from me a little in the sixth, but I was still pleased that I kept us close enough to get the win."

Jackson scored each of Detroit's first two runs, on Young's sacrifice fly in the first and Nate Adcock's wild pitch in the third.

Kansas City helped itself on defense. Rookie Johnny Giavotella made four highlight-reel plays at second base, and Gordon robbed Avila of extra bases with a leaping catch as he crashed into the fence in left.

"We played great defense, but every time you lose a one-run game, you hate it," Yost said. "We had a two-run lead and we couldn't hold it in the eighth."

Notes

  • The teams finish their four-game series with a second straight afternoon game on Thursday. The game -- a makeup of a May 15 rainout -- will feature Detroit rookie Jacob Turner (0-1) making his second career start. Danny Duffy (3-8) goes for the Royals.
  • Despite Giavotella's outstanding day in the field, he was replaced by Chris Getz in the eighth inning for defensive purposes.
  • Neither starter got a decision. Porcello allowed four runs in seven innings, while emergency starter Adcock gave two in 5 2/3. Adcock replaced Felipe Paulino, who was scratched with back spasms.
  • The Royals traded backup C Matt Treanor to Texas during the game. Treanor has been sidelined with a concussion since July 30.
 
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Players of the Game
Detroit

A. Jackson
AB 4
R 3
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
Kansas City

E. Hosmer
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 2
 
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alex Gordon, LF3110110 .305
Melky Cabrera, CF3111101 .302
Billy Butler, DH4011001 .297
Eric Hosmer, 1B4232001 .278
Jeff Francoeur, RF4010001 .277
Mike Moustakas, 3B4010012 .232
Johnny Giavotella, 2B3000011 .237
    Chris Getz, 2B1010000 .256
Salvador Perez, C3000001 .279
   a- Brayan Pena, PH0000100 .257
Alcides Escobar, SS4000022 .243
Totals3349435  
a-walked for Perez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Melky Cabrera (37, Porcello), Mike Moustakas (12, Porcello)
HR - Eric Hosmer 2 (14, Porcello, Porcello)
RBI - Melky Cabrera (78), Billy Butler (77), Eric Hosmer 2 (59)
SB - Chris Getz (20, 2nd base off Valverde/Avila)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jeff Francoeur 1
E - Salvador Perez (2, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Nate Adcock 5.1622020 4.45
Tim Collins (H,9) 1.2000030 3.38
Blake Wood (BS,2; L,5-2) 1433100 3.84
IBB - Avila by Blake Wood
WP - Nate Adcock (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Adcock 55-39, Tim Collins 25-16, Blake Wood 25-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Adcock 11-3, Tim Collins 1-1
Batters Faced - Nate Adcock 22, Tim Collins 5, Blake Wood 7
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF4340000 .249
Ramon Santiago, SS2011001 .256
Delmon Young, LF3111000 .268
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4020002 .328
Victor Martinez, DH4011012 .323
    Brennan Boesch, PR-DH0100000 .283
Alex Avila, C3000111 .297
Wilson Betemit, 3B4011010 .286
    Brandon Inge, 3B0000000 .179
Ryan Raburn, 2B3000020 .238
Don Kelly, RF3000000 .225
Totals30510415  
Batting
2B - Austin Jackson (18, Adcock), Miguel Cabrera (36, Adcock), Victor Martinez (30, Wood), Wilson Betemit (20, Wood)
3B - Austin Jackson (9, Wood)
SF - Ramon Santiago (4), Delmon Young (4)
SH - Ramon Santiago (9)
RBI - Ramon Santiago (23), Delmon Young (44), Victor Martinez (77), Wilson Betemit (40)
2-OUT RBI - Victor Martinez (34), Wilson Betemit (13)
SB - Austin Jackson (19, 3rd base off Adcock/Perez)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Austin Jackson 1
DP - Santiago-Raburn-Cabrera, Porcello-Santiago-Cabrera
E - Delmon Young (6, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rick Porcello 7844142 5.01
Daniel Schlereth (W,2-1) 1000100 3.80
Jose Valverde (S,40) 1100110 2.58
Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 86-58, Daniel Schlereth 13-6, Jose Valverde 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 10-4, Daniel Schlereth 2-1
Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 27, Daniel Schlereth 4, Jose Valverde 5
Game Information
Attendance - 33572
Game Time - 2:27
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi