Jones' HR, Tigers win 4th in row, 3-2; KC drops 9th straight

DETROIT (AP) JaCoby Jones understands his job with the Detroit Tigers. The 25-year-old needs to use his athletic ability to make plays all over the field to boost a young team.

He did that Friday, hitting a solo home run with one out in the 10th inning as the Tigers won their fourth in a row, beating Kansas City 3-2 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader and handing the Royals their ninth straight loss.

His productivity, though, started earlier in the game.

Jones doubled in Detroit's first run, stole third base and scored. He then made an outstanding defensive play in left field in the ninth to help force extra innings.

''We know we're going to have to fight to find ways to beat the other guys, and (Jones) does that with his aggression,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''If he starts pushing things too far, I'll stop him, but I want him to play his game.''

Jones hit a 2-2 fastball from Brad Keller (0-1) deep to left and immediately put up his right index finger in celebration.

''I was worried as the ball got toward the wall, because I was going to look stupid if it didn't go out,'' he said. ''That's the best feeling in baseball.''

Keller thought his pitch was an inch or two from perfection.

''We tried to go heaters off the plate, and I felt like I got it inside, but it caught too much plate,'' he said. ''He put a good swing on it.''

Joe Jimenez (2-0) pitched a scoreless 10th.

''We're going to have a lot of ups and downs with this team, but we're having fun right now,'' Gardenhire said. ''These kids are fighting hard.''

Royals starter Jason Hammel allowed two runs on five hits and two walks in nine innings, matching the longest outing of his career. He pitched a shutout for Baltimore against the Atlanta Braves in 2012.

The performance wasn't much solace, though.

''I try to be a positive guy, but there's not much silver lining here,'' he said. ''We're trying to win. We know we're close, but losses are losses.''

Tigers starter Daniel Fulmer pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out five.

Rain and snow meant Fulmer hadn't pitched since allowing nine runs in three innings to Cleveland on April 12.

''I hated waiting for eight days to start this game, because it had been so bad,'' he said. ''The bright spot is I was able to make some adjustments and get closer to my best stuff.''

The Tigers broke the scoreless tie in the fifth on back-to-back doubles by James McCann and Jones. Jones stole third on the next pitch and scored on Dixon Machado's one-out sacrifice fly.

''I knew (McCann) didn't get a great jump, but I was going for second all the way,'' Jones said. ''When I got to second, I wanted to get to third. That's how I play.''

Moustakas extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a solo homer in the sixth, pulling the Royals within 2-1. Jon Jay's RBI single tied the game with one out in the seventh.

Kansas City put two runners on with two out in the eighth, but Ryan Goins hit a sharp liner directly at Machado at second.

Alcides Escobar led off the ninth with a flyball to deep left, but Jones made a leaping catch at the wall.

''I knew I was up against the wall, and I didn't think it was going to go out, but I figured I should catch it either way,'' Jones said with a smile.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: OF Alex Gordon is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha on Friday night. Gordon has been out since April 10 with a left hip tear. ... C Salvador Perez (knee) caught seven innings on Thursday for Double-A Memphis, and is expected to join Gordon in Omaha.

Tigers: Gardenhire pinch ran for Cabrera in the ninth inning, but the 35-year-old has played all 17 games this season despite hip and back issues. Gardenhire said Cabrera could get a day off on Detroit's upcoming road trip to Pittsburgh and Baltimore.

BIG NIGHTS AHEAD?

Tigers outfield prospect Mike Gerber was called up to be Detroit's 26th man for the doubleheader, while the Royals brought up reliever Scott Barlow. Neither has appeared in a major league game.

UP NEXT

The teams face each other again in the second game of the split doubleheader, with Detroit's Daniel Norris (0-1, 7.11) facing Kansas City's Jakob Junis (2-1, 1.93).

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DET8-10
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  • W: J. Jimenez (2-0)L: B. Keller (0-1)
  • HR: KC - M. Moustakas (5), DET - J. Jones (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Jay LF50110010.266.365.328.6931.5
W. Merrifield RF50300012.277.365.369.7342.5
M. Moustakas DH51111023.338.356.6481.0045.0
L. Duda 1B50100013.246.306.404.7100.5
C. Cuthbert 3B50300001.273.365.295.6613.0
A. Almonte CF50100014.120.154.240.3940.5
R. Goins 2B30100102.208.269.250.5192.0
A. Escobar SS41000002.169.258.305.5631.0
C. Gallagher C40100011.208.240.292.5320.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Martin CF40000010.277.338.446.784-0.5
    J. Candelario 3B40100000.282.354.521.8761.0
    M. Cabrera 1B20000210.274.361.452.8131.5
    N. Goodrum PR-1B00000000.179.258.321.5790.0
    N. Castellanos RF40100002.279.347.397.7442.0
    V. Martinez DH40000003.291.344.436.7810.0
    J. McCann C41200000.220.273.320.5934.0
    J. Jones LF42221011.300.400.433.83311.5
    J. Iglesias SS30000011.164.233.273.506-0.5
    D. Machado 2B20010000.217.262.383.6451.0
      BATTING
      • HR - M. Moustakas (5)
      • RBI - J. Jay (2), M. Moustakas (14)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Moustakas (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Castellanos (4), J. McCann (2), J. Jones
      • HR - J. Jones
      • SF - D. Machado
      • RBI - J. Jones 2 (2), D. Machado (11)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Jones (3)
      • Picked Off - J. Candelario
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Hammel9.05222403.201.1823.0
      B. Keller (L, 0-1)0.11110013.861.57-7.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Hammel9.0
      B. Keller (L, 0-1)0.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Fulmer7.08221413.471.3715.0
      D. Stumpf1.02000103.181.761.5
      S. Greene1.00000103.521.043.5
      J. Jimenez (W, 2-0)1.02000100.000.928.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Fulmer7.0
      D. Stumpf1.0
      S. Greene1.0
      J. Jimenez (W, 2-0)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 101-62, B. Keller 8-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 9-12, B. Keller 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 32, B. Keller 2
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Fulmer, J. Jimenez
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fulmer 96-68, D. Stumpf 24-12, S. Greene 12-9, J. Jimenez 25-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fulmer 9-7, S. Greene 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Fulmer 29, D. Stumpf 5, S. Greene 3, J. Jimenez 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
      2345678910RHE
      KC4-14
      0000110002120
      DET8-10
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Jay LF50110010.266.365.328.6931.5
      W. Merrifield RF50300012.277.365.369.7342.5
      M. Moustakas DH51111023.338.356.6481.0045.0
      L. Duda 1B50100013.246.306.404.7100.5
      C. Cuthbert 3B50300001.273.365.295.6613.0
      A. Almonte CF50100014.120.154.240.3940.5
      R. Goins 2B30100102.208.269.250.5192.0
      A. Escobar SS41000002.169.258.305.5631.0
      C. Gallagher C40100011.208.240.292.5320.5
      Total41212211718-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        L. Martin CF40000010.277.338.446.784-0.5
        J. Candelario 3B40100000.282.354.521.8761.0
        M. Cabrera 1B20000210.274.361.452.8131.5
        N. Goodrum PR-1B00000000.179.258.321.5790.0
        N. Castellanos RF40100002.279.347.397.7442.0
        V. Martinez DH40000003.291.344.436.7810.0
        J. McCann C41200000.220.273.320.5934.0
        J. Jones LF42221011.300.400.433.83311.5
        J. Iglesias SS30000011.164.233.273.506-0.5
        D. Machado 2B20010000.217.262.383.6451.0
        Total313631247-----
          BATTING
          • HR - M. Moustakas (5)
          • RBI - J. Jay (2), M. Moustakas (14)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Moustakas (4)
          BATTING
          • 2B - N. Castellanos (4), J. McCann (2), J. Jones
          • HR - J. Jones
          • SF - D. Machado
          • RBI - J. Jones 2 (2), D. Machado (11)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Jones (3)
          • Picked Off - J. Candelario
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Hammel9.05222403.201.1823.0
          B. Keller (L, 0-1)0.11110013.861.57-7.0
          Total9.1633241---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Hammel9.0
          B. Keller (L, 0-1)0.1
          Total9.1
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Fulmer7.08221413.471.3715.0
          D. Stumpf1.02000103.181.761.5
          S. Greene1.00000103.521.043.5
          J. Jimenez (W, 2-0)1.02000100.000.928.5
          Total10.01222171---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Fulmer7.0
          D. Stumpf1.0
          S. Greene1.0
          J. Jimenez (W, 2-0)1.0
          Total10.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 101-62, B. Keller 8-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 9-12, B. Keller 1-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 32, B. Keller 2
          PITCHING
          • WP - M. Fulmer, J. Jimenez
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fulmer 96-68, D. Stumpf 24-12, S. Greene 12-9, J. Jimenez 25-16
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fulmer 9-7, S. Greene 1-1
          • Batters Faced - M. Fulmer 29, D. Stumpf 5, S. Greene 3, J. Jimenez 5
          • 10TH INNING
            Jones homered to left23
          • 7TH INNING
            Jay singled to shallow right, Escobar scored, Gallagher to second22
          • 6TH INNING
            Moustakas homered to right12
          • 5TH INNING
            Machado hit sacrifice fly to center, Jones scored02
            Jones doubled to shallow center, McCann scored01
          • 10TH INNING
            • Joe Jimenez relieved Shane Greene
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Foul, Merrifield singled to shallow center
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Duda flied out to left
            • C. Cuthbert: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cuthbert singled to shallow right, Merrifield to second
            • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Merrifield to third, Cuthbert to second on wild pitch, Foul, Almonte popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 10th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Brad Keller relieved Jason Hammel
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, McCann grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Jones homered to left
          • 9TH INNING
            • Shane Greene relieved Daniel Stumpf
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Escobar flied out to deep left
            • C. Gallagher: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gallagher struck out looking
            • J. Jay: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Jay grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cabrera walked
            • Niko Goodrum ran for Miguel Cabrera
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos flied out to left
            • V. Martinez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Martinez grounded into double play shortstop to first, Goodrum out at second
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Daniel Stumpf relieved Michael Fulmer
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Moustakas lined out to first
            • L. Duda: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cuthbert singled to shallow left
            • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Almonte singled to shallow left, Cuthbert to second
            • R. Goins: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Goins lined out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • D. Machado: Ball, Foul, Ball, Machado grounded out to shortstop
            • L. Martin: Martin grounded out to second
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Candelario flied out to center
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • M. Fulmer Pitching:
            • R. Goins: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Goins singled to shallow center
            • A. Escobar: Escobar reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Goins out at second
            • C. Gallagher: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Escobar to second on wild pitch, Gallagher singled to shallow left center, Escobar to third
            • J. Jay: Foul, Foul, Ball, Jay singled to shallow right, Escobar scored, Gallagher to second
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Merrifield grounded into double play third to first, Gallagher out at third
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • J. McCann: McCann popped out to first
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Jones grounded out to second
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Iglesias struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Fulmer Pitching:
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Jay grounded out to first
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Ball, Moustakas homered to right
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Duda singled to shallow left
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Cuthbert singled to shallow left, Duda to second
            • A. Almonte: Almonte flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Candelario singled to shallow right
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Candelario picked off at first, pitcher to first, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to second
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos doubled to deep left
            • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Martinez flied out to deep center
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Fulmer Pitching:
            • A. Almonte: Foul, Almonte grounded bunt out to pitcher
            • R. Goins: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Goins walked
            • A. Escobar: Foul, Escobar grounded out to second, Goins to second
            • C. Gallagher: Strike swinging, Ball, Gallagher grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • J. McCann: Ball, McCann doubled to center
            • J. Jones: Ball, Strike swinging, Jones doubled to shallow center, McCann scored
            • J. Iglesias: Ball, Jones stole third, Iglesias grounded out to third
            • D. Machado: Ball, Machado hit sacrifice fly to center, Jones scored
            • L. Martin: Martin flied out to left
            • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Fulmer Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield singled to shallow center
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Moustakas flied out to left
            • L. Duda: Duda grounded out to shortstop, Merrifield to second
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Cuthbert grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • J. Candelario: Candelario grounded out to second
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos lined out to right
            • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Martinez lined out to left
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Fulmer Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Escobar flied out to center
            • C. Gallagher: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gallagher flied out to right
            • J. Jay: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Jay grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Iglesias grounded out to third
            • D. Machado: Machado flied out to deep center
            • L. Martin: Ball, Ball, Martin flied out to deep center
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Fulmer Pitching:
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Ball, Cuthbert flied out to right
            • A. Almonte: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Almonte struck out swinging
            • R. Goins: Goins flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Castellanos popped out to first
            • V. Martinez: Martinez grounded out to pitcher
            • J. McCann: Ball, McCann singled to shallow center
            • J. Jones: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Fulmer Pitching:
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Jay struck out looking
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield singled to right center
            • M. Moustakas: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
            • L. Duda: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Duda flied out to right
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Candelario lined out to center
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)