Tigers edge Royals 3-2 before teams head to Omaha

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) After loading the bases with nobody out in the eighth inning, the Detroit Tigers mustered only one run.

That was all they needed.

Brandon Dixon hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly off reliever Jake Diekman that sent Detroit past the Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Wednesday night.

''The guy was throwing the ball pretty hard with a great breaking ball,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''(Dixon) stayed behind it, stayed on it and drove it the other way to get the run home. That's huge.''

Miguel Cabrera also had a sacrifice fly for the Tigers, and Ronny Rodriguez hit an RBI double.

Jorge Soler drove in both Royals runs but flied out with a runner on to end the game.

''He had two big two-out RBIs today to keep us in the game,'' Kansas City manager Ned Yost said, ''and he just missed that last ball. Really picked us up big-time. He was a majority of our offense. Anytime you get two-out RBIs, those are big, and Jorgie got two of them for us.''

The teams now head to Omaha, Nebraska, to play the first Major League Baseball game in that state Thursday night. It's a prelude to the College World Series, which begins Saturday in the same ballpark - also home of Kansas City's Triple-A affiliate.

The Royals need a victory to win a series for the first time since April 12-14.

''You just try to find ways to score some runs to make those good starts count for something,'' Yost said. ''Danny (Duffy) was really, really good.''

After the start was delayed 24 minutes because of the threat of rain, Diekman (0-3) walked JaCoby Jones leading off the eighth. Christin Stewart doubled under the glove of first baseman Ryan O'Hearn, sending Jones to third.

After walking Nicholas Castellanos, Diekman struck out Cabrera. But then Dixon sent right fielder Terrance Gore to the fence for the go-ahead sacrifice fly.

''Got myself in trouble, couldn't get out of it,'' Diekman said.

When asked if he felt good about only allowing the one run, he added: ''No, because I still gave up the lead with the run. Hung a slider and he hit it to right field. If it was a decent slider it could have been different, but it was a terrible pitch.''

Nick Ramirez (3-0) pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win. Shane Greene worked the ninth for his 20th save in 21 chances.

''We hung in there,'' Gardenhire said. ''Ramirez came in and did a really nice job for a couple of innings.''

Neither starter factored in the decision.

Duffy had a solid outing for the Royals. After walking his first two batters, he buckled down and completed seven innings, allowing two runs and four hits. He walked only those two batters and struck out six.

Tigers left-hander Daniel Norris gave up two runs and six hits in five innings with two walks and six strikeouts.

Cabrera drove in Jones with a sac fly in the first inning as Detroit scored without the benefit of a hit.

After wasting a couple of scoring chances in the first two innings, the Royals finally got a run in the third. Whit Merrifield stroked a leadoff double to the wall in left-center. He stole third and scored on Soler's double.

Detroit came right back in the fourth when John Hicks and Rodriguez hit back-to-back doubles.

Soler's two-out single knocked in Alex Gordon in the fifth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: SS Niko Goodrum was out of the lineup after fouling a ball off his kneecap Tuesday. ''He's sore. There was some swelling. He's moving around. We'll talk to him and see how he feels and go on from there,'' Gardenhire said. ... INF Jeimer Candelario was set to begin his rehab assignment at Triple-A Toledo. He's been on the 10-day injured list since June 4 (retroactive to June 2) with left shoulder inflammation. ... RHP Jordan Zimmermann will pitch Thursday for Toledo on his rehab assignment.

Royals: 3B Hunter Dozier took grounders and some swings off a tee. Kansas City manager Ned Yost said Dozier was expected to take more swings in the cage Thursday. If everything goes well, he'll take batting practice on the field and likely head out on a rehab assignment.

UP NEXT

LHP Matthew Boyd (5-4, 3.08 ERA) starts Thursday night for Detroit against RHP Homer Bailey (4-6, 5.90). Boyd's last appearance at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha was in 2013, when he pitched a four-hit shutout to help Oregon State beat Indiana 1-0 in a College World Series elimination game.

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  • W: N. Ramirez (3-0)L: J. Diekman (0-3)S: S. Greene (20)
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M. Cabrera DH30010024.286.352.373.7250.0
B. Dixon 1B30010011.282.295.496.7910.5
J. Hicks C41100012.221.256.377.6332.5
R. Rodriguez 2B40110010.215.247.458.7052.5
G. Beckham SS40100031.232.333.434.7680.5
D. Lugo 3B40000022.230.250.344.594-1.0
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    W. Merrifield 2B41100100.292.343.477.8206.0
    A. Gordon LF41100013.274.355.477.8324.5
    A. Mondesi SS50200012.283.315.468.7833.5
    J. Soler DH50220023.244.295.512.8064.0
    K. Gutierrez 3B20100212.275.320.377.6972.5
    R. O'Hearn 1B40000005.188.286.333.6200.0
    M. Maldonado C40000020.195.283.262.545-1.0
    T. Gore RF30000120.275.326.350.6762.0
    B. Hamilton CF40100011.230.307.287.5931.5
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      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Stewart (13), N. Castellanos (21), J. Hicks (10), R. Rodriguez (11), G. Beckham (7)
      • SF - M. Cabrera (3), B. Dixon (2)
      • RBI - M. Cabrera (28), B. Dixon (23), R. Rodriguez (21)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Cabrera, B. Dixon, J. Hicks 2 (2), D. Lugo 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Merrifield (16), J. Soler (17), B. Hamilton (6)
      • RBI - J. Soler 2 (47)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Soler 2 (17)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Gordon 2 (2), J. Soler, K. Gutierrez 2 (2), R. O'Hearn 5 (5), B. Hamilton
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - W. Merrifield (10), A. Gordon (4), A. Mondesi (26), T. Gore (8)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Norris5.06222604.521.468.0
      N. Ramirez (W, 3-0)2.01002202.251.1311.0
      J. Jimenez (H, 12)1.00000104.941.353.5
      S. Greene (S, 20)1.01000101.000.819.5
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Norris5.0
      N. Ramirez (W, 3-0)2.0
      J. Jimenez (H, 12)1.0
      S. Greene (S, 20)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Duffy7.04222704.381.3419.5
      J. Diekman (L, 0-3)1.01112204.281.17-5.0
      B. Boxberger1.00000105.041.483.5
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Duffy7.0
      J. Diekman (L, 0-3)1.0
      B. Boxberger1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - D. Norris
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Norris 91-59, N. Ramirez 31-15, J. Jimenez 7-7, S. Greene 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Norris 6-3, N. Ramirez 3-1, J. Jimenez 1-1, S. Greene 1-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Norris 24, N. Ramirez 9, J. Jimenez 3, S. Greene 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 99-70, J. Diekman 32-19, B. Boxberger 12-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 7-7, B. Boxberger 2-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 27, J. Diekman 6, B. Boxberger 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      J. Jones CF22000200.254.328.462.7904.0
      C. Stewart LF30100100.250.333.433.7663.0
      N. Castellanos RF30100102.263.315.454.7693.0
      M. Cabrera DH30010024.286.352.373.7250.0
      B. Dixon 1B30010011.282.295.496.7910.5
      J. Hicks C41100012.221.256.377.6332.5
      R. Rodriguez 2B40110010.215.247.458.7052.5
      G. Beckham SS40100031.232.333.434.7680.5
      D. Lugo 3B40000022.230.250.344.594-1.0
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      N. Ramirez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield 2B41100100.292.343.477.8206.0
        A. Gordon LF41100013.274.355.477.8324.5
        A. Mondesi SS50200012.283.315.468.7833.5
        J. Soler DH50220023.244.295.512.8064.0
        K. Gutierrez 3B20100212.275.320.377.6972.5
        R. O'Hearn 1B40000005.188.286.333.6200.0
        M. Maldonado C40000020.195.283.262.545-1.0
        T. Gore RF30000120.275.326.350.6762.0
        B. Hamilton CF40100011.230.307.287.5931.5
        D. Duffy P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        J. Diekman P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        B. Boxberger P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Stewart (13), N. Castellanos (21), J. Hicks (10), R. Rodriguez (11), G. Beckham (7)
          • SF - M. Cabrera (3), B. Dixon (2)
          • RBI - M. Cabrera (28), B. Dixon (23), R. Rodriguez (21)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Cabrera, B. Dixon, J. Hicks 2 (2), D. Lugo 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - W. Merrifield (16), J. Soler (17), B. Hamilton (6)
          • RBI - J. Soler 2 (47)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Soler 2 (17)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Gordon 2 (2), J. Soler, K. Gutierrez 2 (2), R. O'Hearn 5 (5), B. Hamilton
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - W. Merrifield (10), A. Gordon (4), A. Mondesi (26), T. Gore (8)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Norris5.06222604.521.468.0
          N. Ramirez (W, 3-0)2.01002202.251.1311.0
          J. Jimenez (H, 12)1.00000104.941.353.5
          S. Greene (S, 20)1.01000101.000.819.5
          Total9.08224100---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Norris5.0
          N. Ramirez (W, 3-0)2.0
          J. Jimenez (H, 12)1.0
          S. Greene (S, 20)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Duffy7.04222704.381.3419.5
          J. Diekman (L, 0-3)1.01112204.281.17-5.0
          B. Boxberger1.00000105.041.483.5
          Total9.05334100---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Duffy7.0
          J. Diekman (L, 0-3)1.0
          B. Boxberger1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - D. Norris
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Norris 91-59, N. Ramirez 31-15, J. Jimenez 7-7, S. Greene 13-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Norris 6-3, N. Ramirez 3-1, J. Jimenez 1-1, S. Greene 1-1
          • Batters Faced - D. Norris 24, N. Ramirez 9, J. Jimenez 3, S. Greene 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 99-70, J. Diekman 32-19, B. Boxberger 12-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 7-7, B. Boxberger 2-0
          • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 27, J. Diekman 6, B. Boxberger 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Dixon hit sacrifice fly to right, Jones scored, Stewart to third, Castellanos to second32
          • 5TH INNING
            Soler singled to right center, Gordon scored22
          • 4TH INNING
            Rodriguez doubled to left, Hicks scored21
          • 3RD INNING
            Soler doubled to deep right center, Merrifield scored11
          • 1ST INNING
            Cabrera hit sacrifice fly to right, Jones scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Brad Boxberger relieved Jake Diekman
            • R. Rodriguez: Foul, Ball, Rodriguez grounded out to third
            • G. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
            • D. Lugo: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Lugo grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Shane Greene relieved Joe Jimenez
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • A. Mondesi: Foul, Mondesi reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • J. Soler: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Soler flied out to center
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Jake Diekman relieved Danny Duffy
            • J. Jones: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Jones walked
            • C. Stewart: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Stewart doubled to right, Jones to third
            • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Castellanos walked
            • M. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Cabrera struck out looking
            • B. Dixon: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Dixon hit sacrifice fly to right, Jones scored, Stewart to third, Castellanos to second
            • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Joe Jimenez relieved Nick Ramirez
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Maldonado flied out to center
            • T. Gore: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gore struck out swinging
            • B. Hamilton: Foul, Hamilton grounded bunt out to third
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Rodriguez grounded out to second
            • G. Beckham: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Beckham struck out looking
            • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Lugo struck out looking
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • N. Ramirez Pitching:
            • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Mondesi flied out to left
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • K. Gutierrez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gutierrez walked
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Ball, O'Hearn grounded out to first
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • B. Dixon: Ball, Strike swinging, Dixon grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Hicks: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Hicks grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Nick Ramirez relieved Daniel Norris
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
            • T. Gore: Ball, Strike looking, Gore grounded out to third
            • B. Hamilton: Ball, Hamilton doubled to deep left
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Merrifield walked
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Gordon grounded out to second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Jones lined out to right
            • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Stewart flied out to center
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Castellanos grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Da. Norris Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield flied out to right
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gordon singled to left center
            • A. Mondesi: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mondesi grounded out to pitcher, Gordon to second
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Soler singled to right center, Gordon scored
            • K. Gutierrez: Gutierrez singled to center, Soler to second
            • R. O'Hearn: O'Hearn grounded out to first
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • B. Dixon: Strike looking, Dixon popped out to second
            • J. Hicks: Ball, Hicks doubled to deep left
            • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Rodriguez doubled to left, Hicks scored
            • G. Beckham: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Beckham struck out looking
            • D. Lugo: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lugo struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Da. Norris Pitching:
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Maldonado struck out looking
            • T. Gore: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gore struck out swinging
            • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • J. Jones: Foul, Jones grounded out to third
            • C. Stewart: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Stewart grounded out to second
            • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Castellanos doubled to deep right
            • M. Cabrera: Foul, Cabrera lined out to center
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Da. Norris Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Merrifield doubled to deep center
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Gordon flied out to left
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield stole third, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Soler doubled to deep right center, Merrifield scored
            • K. Gutierrez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gutierrez walked
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, O'Hearn grounded out to second
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • J. Hicks: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Hicks popped out to shortstop
            • R. Rodriguez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Rodriguez struck out looking
            • G. Beckham: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Beckham doubled to left center
            • D. Lugo: Ball, Foul, Foul, Lugo lined out to third
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Da. Norris Pitching:
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, O'Hearn grounded out to second
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Maldonado grounded out to third
            • T. Gore: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gore walked
            • B. Hamilton: Strike swinging, Gore stole second, Hamilton grounded out to second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • J. Jones: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Jones walked
            • C. Stewart: Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Stewart walked, Jones to second
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike looking, Castellanos reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Jones to third, Stewart out at second
            • M. Cabrera: Foul, Foul, Cabrera hit sacrifice fly to right, Jones scored
            • B. Dixon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Dixon struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Da. Norris Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Merrifield lined out to center
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Gordon hit by pitch
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mondesi singled to right center, Gordon to second
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Gordon stole third, Mondesi to second, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • K. Gutierrez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gutierrez struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)