Kansas City at Detroit

Kansas City
W: A. Crow (4-4) L: P. Coke (2-9)
S: J. Soria (25)
HR: KC - J. Francoeur (16),E. Hosmer (15)   DET - M. Ordonez (5),A. Jackson (8)

Francoeur lifts Royals over Tigers to split series

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DETROIT -- Danny Duffy overthrew his catcher on an intentional walk, and Alcides Escobar struck out on a pitch that hit him in the shoulder.

This wasn't the prettiest of games for the Kansas City Royals, but Jeff Francoeur and his teammates managed to outslug Detroit.

"You saw a lot of stuff," Francoeur said.

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Francoeur homered for his 1,000th career hit and drove in three runs, and the Royals outlasted the Tigers 11-8 Thursday to salvage a split of their four-game series. Kansas City scored four runs in both the fifth and seventh innings, batting around each time.

Johnny Giavotella hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the seventh against Luis Marte, who was making his major league debut. Eric Hosmer added a solo shot in the eighth to make it 11-8. Hosmer also had two singles and two walks.

Francoeur opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the second, reaching his milestone in style. His first hit as a major leaguer was also a homer, back in 2005 with the Atlanta Braves.

"To do it on a home run -- even more special," he said. "My mom texted me, reminding me that my first in the big leagues was a home run and my 1,000th."

Magglio Ordonez homered, doubled twice and stole a base for the first-place Tigers, who lead Cleveland and the Chicago White Sox by 5 ½ games in the AL Central. Detroit won the middle two games of the series against Kansas City with late-inning rallies and took an 8-6 lead Thursday on a two-run homer by Austin Jackson in the sixth.

Aaron Crow (4-4) allowed three runs in the sixth, his only inning of work, but was credited with the win after the Royals reclaimed the lead in the seventh. Phil Coke (2-9) came in with a man on second and one out and allowed a walk to Hosmer, an RBI double to Francoeur and an RBI single by Mike Moustakas.

Giavotella's soft single to left off Marte put Kansas City ahead to stay. Marte was brought up from Double-A earlier in the day as part of Detroit's expanded September roster.

"I don't know a thing about him, so I don't know if that's Marte nervous or Marte at his best or Marte at his worst," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "That's why I went with him, because they had never seen him, and I wanted to see how he handled it. He did fine -- he just got one pitch up."

Three more Kansas City relievers finished the game, with Joakim Soria pitching the ninth for his 25th save.

Detroit rookie Jacob Turner struggled in his second career start, allowing six runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Duffy had problems of his own, allowing five runs and six hits in five innings. He struck out four, walked three and overthrew his catcher on an intentional walk in the third inning for a bizarre wild pitch.

Duffy said he'd never intentionally walked someone at any level.

"Literally never -- never in my whole life," he said. "I didn't really know how to go about it. Obviously, you throw it to the glove, but it didn't happen that way."

The Tigers had already scored three runs in the third to take a 3-2 lead when that mishap occurred, but Duffy recovered to strike out Alex Avila with men on first and third to end the inning.

In the sixth, Escobar struck out swinging on an inside pitch that hit his right shoulder. Escobar, who hits right-handed, appeared to try to hold up his swing at an inside pitch. He said the bat might have come through the hitting zone because he was trying to avoid the ball.

"If I hadn't swung, it maybe hits me in my chest," he said. "I can do nothing in that situation."

The Royals made up for those bloopers later on, and Francoeur, Hosmer and Giavotella had three hits each. Moustakas extended his hitting streak to 15 games, and Hosmer extended his to 10.


Brandon Inge played his 979th game at third base for the Tigers, tying Tom Brookens for third at that position on the team's career list. ... The Tigers begin a big three-game series with the White Sox at home Friday night. They'll send ace Justin Verlander to the mound against John Danks. ... Kansas City hosts Cleveland for a three-game set. Bruce Chen will start Friday night for the Royals against Justin Masterson.
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Kansas City

J. Francoeur
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Kansas City Royals
Alex Gordon, LF5110120 .304
Melky Cabrera, CF6221003 .303
Billy Butler, DH5012001 .296
Eric Hosmer, 1B3331200 .283
Jeff Francoeur, RF5233001 .280
Mike Moustakas, 3B5121004 .235
Johnny Giavotella, 2B5132013 .255
Brayan Pena, C5000004 .251
Alcides Escobar, SS5121010 .244
2B - Melky Cabrera (38, Perry), Billy Butler (35, Perry), Jeff Francoeur (42, Coke), Johnny Giavotella (5, Turner)
HR - Eric Hosmer (15, Pauley), Jeff Francoeur (16, Turner)
RBI - Melky Cabrera (79), Billy Butler 2 (79), Eric Hosmer (60), Jeff Francoeur 3 (72), Mike Moustakas (19), Johnny Giavotella 2 (11), Alcides Escobar (39)
SB - Eric Hosmer (8, 2nd base off Turner/Avila), Alcides Escobar (20, 2nd base off Turner/Avila)
Team LOB - 9
E - Mike Moustakas (8, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
Danny Duffy 5655341 5.73
Aaron Crow (BS,6; W,4-4) 1333021 2.93
Louis Coleman (H,11) 1200030 2.67
Greg Holland (H,16) 1000000 1.90
Joakim Soria (S,25) 1000000 4.31
IBB - Martinez by Danny Duffy
WP - Danny Duffy (4), Aaron Crow (8)
Pitches-Strikes - Danny Duffy 92-53, Aaron Crow 28-18, Louis Coleman 20-15, Greg Holland 6-4, Joakim Soria 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Danny Duffy 5-5, Aaron Crow 1-1, Greg Holland 1-2, Joakim Soria 2-1
Batters Faced - Danny Duffy 23, Aaron Crow 7, Louis Coleman 5, Greg Holland 3, Joakim Soria 3
Detroit Tigers
Austin Jackson, CF5222011 .251
Magglio Ordonez, RF4233010 .238
    Don Kelly, PR-RF1000000 .224
Delmon Young, LF5111012 .267
Miguel Cabrera, 1B5011021 .327
Victor Martinez, DH4010100 .322
Alex Avila, C4120012 .299
Jhonny Peralta, SS4110012 .306
Ryan Raburn, 2B1000100 .238
   a- Ramon Santiago, PH-2B1000012 .255
Brandon Inge, 3B1100101 .178
   b- Wilson Betemit, PH-3B2000011 .284
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Raburn in the 6th
b-struck out for Inge in the 6th
2B - Austin Jackson (19, Duffy), Magglio Ordonez 2 (9, Duffy, Duffy), Delmon Young (19, Duffy), Alex Avila (27, Crow)
HR - Austin Jackson (8, Crow), Magglio Ordonez (5, Duffy)
SH - Ramon Santiago (10)
RBI - Austin Jackson 2 (39), Magglio Ordonez 3 (28), Delmon Young (45), Miguel Cabrera (85)
2-OUT RBI - Austin Jackson 2 (12), Magglio Ordonez (11), Delmon Young (18), Miguel Cabrera (36)
SB - Magglio Ordonez (2, 3rd base off Duffy/B. Pena)
CS - Brandon Inge (1, 2nd base by Duffy/B. Pena)
Team LOB - 6
E - Jhonny Peralta (7, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
Jacob Turner 4.1766021 7.45
Ryan Perry 2311120 5.34
Phil Coke (BS,1; L,2-9)0233100 4.54
Luis Marte 0.2200100 0.00
David Pauley 2311001 2.94
IBB - Hosmer by Ryan Perry
Pitches-Strikes - Jacob Turner 81-52, Ryan Perry 45-29, Phil Coke 12-5, Luis Marte 14-6, David Pauley 28-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jacob Turner 6-5, Ryan Perry 1-3, David Pauley 4-2
Batters Faced - Jacob Turner 20, Ryan Perry 10, Phil Coke 3, Luis Marte 5, David Pauley 9
Game Information
Attendance - 39084
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Tom Hallion