Liriano pitches Tigers to 1st win of season, 6-1 over Royals

DETROIT (AP) Ron Gardenhire's first win with the Detroit Tigers came courtesy of a couple other grizzled veterans.

Francisco Liriano pitched into the seventh inning in his Detroit debut and Victor Martinez drove in three runs to give the Tigers a 6-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on a chilly Monday.

Gardenhire won 1,068 games as Minnesota's manager from 2002-14. This is his first year at the helm in Detroit.

''I know what this city's all about, I know what this team's all about, so I'm very proud to be a part of it,'' Gardenhire said. ''Now I'm in their history books. I got one win.''

The temperature was in the mid-30s at Comerica Park for a matchup between the last two winless teams in the American League. Some fans came dressed in Michigan winter gear - the Wolverines played Villanova hours later in the NCAA men's basketball championship game.

Liriano (1-0) allowed a run and four hits in 6 2/3 innings. The 34-year-old lefty, signed as a free agent in February, struck out three and walked two while throwing 94 pitches.

The Tigers scored four runs in the fifth, with Martinez delivering a two-run single off Jason Hammel (0-1).

''The third time through the order, they started finding holes,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''We had them played right and he was making decent pitches, but it didn't work out.''

Kansas City took a 1-0 lead in the third on a sacrifice fly by Drew Butera, but Detroit tied it in the bottom half on an RBI single by Miguel Cabrera.

The Tigers broke open the game in the fifth. With one out, Leonys Martin singled and Jeimer Candelario doubled. After an intentional walk to Cabrera loaded the bases, Nicholas Castellanos hit a soft line drive to left for a run-scoring single.

Then Martinez added his two-run single , and James McCann's grounder brought Castellanos home and made it 5-1.

Martinez added a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Hammel allowed five runs and seven hits in five innings. He had the second-lowest run support among qualifying AL pitchers last season, and this game was more of the same.

''This was a maddening game,'' Hammel said. ''We had a good game plan, we executed it and I felt great out there, but we come out of it with a loss. It's frustrating.''

Detroit lost its season opener Friday after the Tigers had the winning run taken away by a replay review against Pittsburgh. On Monday, they initially appeared to have turned a game-ending double play, but that was also overturned by a review. Detroit was nonetheless able to close out the victory without incident.

BATTLING THE ELEMENTS

The temperature at game time was 36 degrees, but Liriano didn't seem too bothered.

''I missed a couple pitches because of that. Was hard for me to get a good grip on the ball, and kind of slippery,'' Liriano said. ''You have to find a way to stay warm and have some good grip on the ball.''

QUIET OFFENSE

Kansas City managed only five hits on the day. Designated hitter Jorge Soler went 0 for 3 and is now hitless in his last 29 at-bats in the majors. His most recent big league hit came July 2.

ROYALS ROSTER

The Royals claimed outfielder Abraham Almonte off waivers from Cleveland. The 28-year-old hit .233 with three homers and 14 RBIs in 69 games last season. The switch-hitter, who has also played for Seattle and San Diego, was sent to Triple-A Omaha. Kansas City designated right-handed pitcher Miguel Almonte for assignment.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: 1B Lucas Duda left the game in the seventh with right hamstring tightness.

Tigers: OF Victor Reyes, who left Sunday night's game against Pittsburgh with a lacerated forearm, did not play Monday.

UP NEXT

Detroit LHP Matthew Boyd (6-11, 5.27 ERA last year) takes the mound Tuesday against Royals RHP Jakob Junis (9-3, 4.30). Boyd went 4-0 with a 3.42 ERA in spring training.

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J. Jay RF30000110.250.357.250.607-0.5
W. Merrifield 2B40100001.167.286.167.4521.0
M. Moustakas 3B40000012.250.308.500.808-0.5
L. Duda 1B30000001.200.273.500.7730.0
C. Cuthbert 1B10100000.500.556.5001.0561.0
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A. Gordon LF30000012.182.182.273.455-0.5
A. Escobar SS31200001.200.273.500.7736.0
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Martin CF41200110.231.375.308.6833.5
    J. Candelario 3B51100023.176.333.353.6862.0
    M. Cabrera 1B31110100.353.450.7061.1564.0
    N. Castellanos RF42210002.412.500.7061.2067.0
    V. Martinez DH30230002.182.167.273.4396.0
    J. McCann C40110002.308.400.385.7852.0
    M. Mahtook LF30000113.133.235.200.4350.5
    N. Goodrum SS40000014.222.222.333.556-0.5
    D. Machado 2B41100010.278.278.444.7221.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Escobar
      • 3B - A. Escobar
      • SF - D. Butera
      • RBI - D. Butera
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Candelario, V. Martinez
      • 3B - N. Castellanos (2)
      • SF - V. Martinez
      • RBI - M. Cabrera (5), N. Castellanos (3), V. Martinez 3 (3), J. McCann (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - J. Jay
      FIELDING
      • E - W. Merrifield
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Hammel (L, 0-1)5.07553309.002.00-3.5
      B. Keller1.00000000.000.003.0
      B. Boyer1.021100018.002.500.0
      K. Herrera1.01000300.000.753.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Hammel (L, 0-1)5.0
      B. Keller1.0
      B. Boyer1.0
      K. Herrera1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Liriano (W, 1-0)6.24112301.350.9022.5
      J. Jimenez0.20000000.001.290.0
      D. Stumpf0.20000100.000.600.5
      W. Saupold1.01000000.000.672.0
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Liriano (W, 1-0)6.2
      J. Jimenez0.2
      D. Stumpf0.2
      W. Saupold1.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - J. Hammel 2 (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 88-61, B. Keller 12-7, B. Boyer 27-18, K. Herrera 16-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 6-7, B. Keller 2-1, B. Boyer 2-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 26, B. Keller 3, B. Boyer 5, K. Herrera 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - F. Liriano
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Liriano 94-56, J. Jimenez 12-7, D. Stumpf 7-5, W. Saupold 19-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Liriano 6-10, D. Stumpf 1-0, W. Saupold 1-2
      • Batters Faced - F. Liriano 25, J. Jimenez 2, D. Stumpf 2, W. Saupold 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      W. Merrifield 2B40100001.167.286.167.4521.0
      M. Moustakas 3B40000012.250.308.500.808-0.5
      L. Duda 1B30000001.200.273.500.7730.0
      C. Cuthbert 1B10100000.500.556.5001.0561.0
      P. Orlando CF40100001.125.125.125.2501.0
      J. Soler DH30000112.000.250.000.2500.5
      A. Gordon LF30000012.182.182.273.455-0.5
      A. Escobar SS31200001.200.273.500.7736.0
      D. Butera C20010001.222.200.333.5331.0
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        L. Martin CF41200110.231.375.308.6833.5
        J. Candelario 3B51100023.176.333.353.6862.0
        M. Cabrera 1B31110100.353.450.7061.1564.0
        N. Castellanos RF42210002.412.500.7061.2067.0
        V. Martinez DH30230002.182.167.273.4396.0
        J. McCann C40110002.308.400.385.7852.0
        M. Mahtook LF30000113.133.235.200.4350.5
        N. Goodrum SS40000014.222.222.333.556-0.5
        D. Machado 2B41100010.278.278.444.7221.5
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          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Escobar
          • 3B - A. Escobar
          • SF - D. Butera
          • RBI - D. Butera
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Candelario, V. Martinez
          • 3B - N. Castellanos (2)
          • SF - V. Martinez
          • RBI - M. Cabrera (5), N. Castellanos (3), V. Martinez 3 (3), J. McCann (4)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - J. Jay
          FIELDING
          • E - W. Merrifield
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Hammel (L, 0-1)5.07553309.002.00-3.5
          B. Keller1.00000000.000.003.0
          B. Boyer1.021100018.002.500.0
          K. Herrera1.01000300.000.753.5
          Total8.01066360---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Hammel (L, 0-1)5.0
          B. Keller1.0
          B. Boyer1.0
          K. Herrera1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          F. Liriano (W, 1-0)6.24112301.350.9022.5
          J. Jimenez0.20000000.001.290.0
          D. Stumpf0.20000100.000.600.5
          W. Saupold1.01000000.000.672.0
          Total9.0511240---
          PITCHERSIP
          F. Liriano (W, 1-0)6.2
          J. Jimenez0.2
          D. Stumpf0.2
          W. Saupold1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • IBB - J. Hammel 2 (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 88-61, B. Keller 12-7, B. Boyer 27-18, K. Herrera 16-14
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 6-7, B. Keller 2-1, B. Boyer 2-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 26, B. Keller 3, B. Boyer 5, K. Herrera 4
          PITCHING
          • WP - F. Liriano
          • Pitches-Strikes - F. Liriano 94-56, J. Jimenez 12-7, D. Stumpf 7-5, W. Saupold 19-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Liriano 6-10, D. Stumpf 1-0, W. Saupold 1-2
          • Batters Faced - F. Liriano 25, J. Jimenez 2, D. Stumpf 2, W. Saupold 4
          • 7TH INNING
            Martinez hit sacrifice fly to center, Castellanos scored16
          • 5TH INNING
            McCann reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Castellanos scored, Martinez to second on 2nd baseman Merrifield fielding error15
            Martinez singled to right center, Candelario and Cabrera scored, Castellanos to third14
            Castellanos singled to left, Martin scored, Candelario to third, Cabrera to second12
          • 3RD INNING
            Cabrera singled to left center, Machado scored, Martin to second11
            Butera hit sacrifice fly to center, Escobar scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Warwick Saupold relieved Daniel Stumpf
            • M. Moustakas: Foul, Foul, Ball, Moustakas lined out to center
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Cuthbert singled to shallow left
            • P. Orlando: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Orlando reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Cuthbert out at second
            • J. Soler: Ball, Orlando to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Soler flied out to right
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • J. Jimenez Pitching:
            • D. Butera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Butera flied out to center
            • Daniel Stumpf relieved Joe Jimenez
            • J. Jay: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Jay struck out swinging
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Kelvin Herrera relieved Blaine Boyer
            • N. Goodrum: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
            • D. Machado: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Machado struck out swinging
            • L. Martin: Martin singled to right
            • J. Candelario: Foul, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • P. Orlando: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Orlando grounded out to second
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Soler walked
            • A. Gordon: Gordon lined out to center
            • Joe Jimenez relieved Francisco Liriano
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Escobar flied out to center
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Blaine Boyer relieved Brad Keller
            • Cheslor Cuthbert at first
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to second
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Castellanos tripled to right
            • V. Martinez: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Martinez hit sacrifice fly to center, Castellanos scored
            • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, McCann singled to left center
            • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Mahtook grounded out to third
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Jay grounded out to first
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield singled to center
            • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Moustakas flied out to right
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Duda grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Brad Keller relieved Jason Hammel
            • D. Machado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Machado grounded out to second
            • L. Martin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Martin grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Candelario: Candelario flied out to center
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Escobar tripled to deep right
            • D. Butera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Butera popped out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • D. Machado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Machado grounded out to second
            • L. Martin: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Martin singled to left
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Candelario doubled to left center, Martin to third
            • M. Cabrera: Cabrera intentionally walked
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Foul, Ball, Castellanos singled to left, Martin scored, Candelario to third, Cabrera to second
            • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Martinez singled to right center, Candelario and Cabrera scored, Castellanos to third
            • J. McCann: Ball, Strike swinging, McCann reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Castellanos scored, Martinez to second on 2nd baseman Merrifield fielding error
            • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Ball, Mahtook reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Martinez to third, McCann out at second
            • N. Goodrum: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Goodrum popped out to second
            • End of the 5th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 4TH INNING
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Foul, Moustakas flied out to deep center
            • L. Duda: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Duda grounded out to shortstop
            • P. Orlando: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Orlando flied out to right
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • J. McCann: McCann lined out to first
            • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mahtook struck out swinging
            • N. Goodrum: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Goodrum flied out to right
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Escobar doubled to deep left
            • D. Butera: Ball, Escobar to third on wild pitch, Butera hit sacrifice fly to center, Escobar scored
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Jay grounded out to second
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • D. Machado: Strike looking, Ball, Machado singled to right
            • L. Martin: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Martin walked, Machado to second
            • J. Candelario: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera singled to left center, Machado scored, Martin to second
            • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Castellanos grounded out to third, Martin to third, Cabrera to second
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Martinez flied out to right
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • L. Duda: Ball, Duda fouled out to left
            • P. Orlando: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Orlando reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Soler flied out to deep center
            • A. Gordon: Gordon flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos lined out to center
            • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez doubled to deep center
            • J. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, McCann grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Mahtook: Ball, Ball, Mahtook intentionally walked
            • N. Goodrum: Goodrum grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Jay walked
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield flied out to deep right
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Jay caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
            • J. Candelario: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Candelario flied out to deep right
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera flied out to right
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)