Royals snap 9-game skid, beat Tigers 3-2 to salvage split

DETROIT (AP) The promise of youth, and the price of inexperience.

It's all part of the equation this year for the rebuilding Detroit Tigers.

Hours after JaCoby Jones homered in the 10th inning to give the Tigers a 3-2 victory over Kansas City, rookie first baseman Niko Goodrum dropped a grounder and made a wild throw as Detroit squandered a chance at a doubleheader sweep. The Royals scored twice in the ninth to win the second game 3-2 on Friday night, snapping a nine-game losing streak.

''I guarantee that the guys out there in the clubhouse are rallying around him, and that's the way we're going to do it around here - take the good with the bad,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''It happens. That's part of the game, too. You make a mistake and it ends up costing you.''

The Tigers led 2-1 in the ninth of the nightcap before pinch hitter Abraham Almonte hit a tying bloop single with one out. With runners at first and second, Jon Jay hit a grounder to Goodrum, who didn't handle it cleanly. Goodrum then compounded his problems by flipping the ball over the head of pitcher Shane Greene (1-1), who was covering the bag. The tiebreaking run scored on that error .

''It all kind of evens out,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''We haven't been getting our fair share of the bloopers and the stuff like that. It was good that it finally came around our way a little bit and helped us win a game.''

Kelvin Herrera pitched the ninth for his third save, ending Detroit's four-game winning streak.

Jakob Junis (3-1) allowed two runs and four hits in eight innings for the Royals.

With one out in the 10th inning of the first game, the 25-year-old Jones hit a 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.''

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

Royals starter Jason Hammel allowed two runs on five hits and two walks in nine innings in the afternoon game, matching the longest outing of his career. Tigers starter Michael Fulmer pitched seven innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out four.

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

Mike Moustakas homered in the first game for Kansas City, and Whit Merrifield went deep in the nightcap.

STRONG STARTS

The Royals only needed to use four pitchers in the doubleheader since Junis and Hammel pitched so deep into their games.

''That's pretty awesome for two starters to go nine and eight innings in a doubleheader,'' Junis said. ''Definitely saves the bullpen for tomorrow and hopefully we get another win.''

IMPRESSIVE DAY

In addition to his game-winning homer, Jones also hit an RBI double in the first game. In the nightcap, he tripled and scored in the third inning and added a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

DEBUT

Tigers outfielder Mike Gerber was recalled from Triple-A Toledo to be the 26th man in the doubleheader. He made his big league debut as a pinch runner in the ninth inning of the nightcap.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: OF Alex Gordon was 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.

UP NEXT

Detroit sends RHP Mike Fiers (1-1) to the mound to face Kansas City LHP Danny Duffy (0-2) on Saturday.

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DET8-10
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  • W: J. Junis (3-1)L: S. Greene (1-1)S: K. Herrera (3)
  • HR: KC - W. Merrifield (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Jay LF40000125.250.354.309.6630.0
W. Merrifield 2B51111014.271.354.400.7545.5
M. Moustakas 3B40100101.333.359.627.9862.0
L. Duda 1B50000035.226.284.371.655-1.5
J. Soler RF20100210.277.375.404.7793.5
C. Cuthbert DH40000023.250.339.271.610-1.0
P. Orlando CF30000012.209.227.256.483-0.5
a- R. Goins PH11100000.240.296.280.5762.0
C. Gallagher C00000000.208.240.292.5320.0
A. Escobar SS31100102.177.271.306.5783.0
D. Butera C20000111.158.233.211.4430.5
b- A. Almonte PH-CF10110000.154.185.269.4542.0
  • a-singled for Orlando in the 9th
  • b-singled for Butera in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Machado 2B40000001.203.246.359.6060.0
J. Candelario 3B40000001.267.337.493.8310.0
N. Castellanos RF40000020.264.329.375.704-1.0
V. Martinez DH30000100.276.338.414.7521.0
N. Goodrum 1B31100001.194.265.355.6203.0
a- M. Cabrera PH10100000.286.370.460.8301.0
M. Gerber PR00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Hicks C40100002.176.222.412.6341.0
J. Jones CF21110000.313.395.500.8955.0
J. Iglesias SS30110021.172.238.276.5143.0
V. Reyes LF30000001.125.125.125.2500.0
  • a-singled for Goodrum in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Soler (3)
  • HR - W. Merrifield (2)
  • RBI - W. Merrifield (5), A. Almonte (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Merrifield (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Goodrum (2)
  • 3B - J. Jones
  • SF - J. Jones
  • RBI - J. Jones (3), J. Iglesias (6)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Iglesias (2)
FIELDING
  • PB - D. Butera (2)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Candelario (4), N. Goodrum
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Junis (W, 3-1)8.04221402.030.7529.0
K. Herrera (S, 3)1.01000000.000.539.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Junis (W, 3-1)8.0
K. Herrera (S, 3)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Norris4.23113514.911.557.5
B. Farmer1.10001106.481.922.5
A. Wilson2.00001305.401.116.5
S. Greene (L, 1-1) (BS, 2)1.03211204.151.38-6.0
PITCHERSIP
D. Norris4.2
B. Farmer1.1
A. Wilson2.0
S. Greene (L, 1-1) (BS, 2)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 106-72, K. Herrera 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 9-11, K. Herrera 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Junis 29, K. Herrera 4
PITCHING
  • WP - A. Wilson (2)
  • IBB - S. Greene
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Norris 85-55, B. Farmer 22-14, A. Wilson 30-17, S. Greene 26-20
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Norris 5-5, B. Farmer 1-1, S. Greene 1-1
  • Batters Faced - D. Norris 21, B. Farmer 4, A. Wilson 7, S. Greene 8
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Jay LF40000125.250.354.309.6630.0
W. Merrifield 2B51111014.271.354.400.7545.5
M. Moustakas 3B40100101.333.359.627.9862.0
L. Duda 1B50000035.226.284.371.655-1.5
J. Soler RF20100210.277.375.404.7793.5
C. Cuthbert DH40000023.250.339.271.610-1.0
P. Orlando CF30000012.209.227.256.483-0.5
a- R. Goins PH11100000.240.296.280.5762.0
C. Gallagher C00000000.208.240.292.5320.0
A. Escobar SS31100102.177.271.306.5783.0
D. Butera C20000111.158.233.211.4430.5
b- A. Almonte PH-CF10110000.154.185.269.4542.0
Total34362161123-----
  • a-singled for Orlando in the 9th
  • b-singled for Butera in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Machado 2B40000001.203.246.359.6060.0
J. Candelario 3B40000001.267.337.493.8310.0
N. Castellanos RF40000020.264.329.375.704-1.0
V. Martinez DH30000100.276.338.414.7521.0
N. Goodrum 1B31100001.194.265.355.6203.0
a- M. Cabrera PH10100000.286.370.460.8301.0
M. Gerber PR00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Hicks C40100002.176.222.412.6341.0
J. Jones CF21110000.313.395.500.8955.0
J. Iglesias SS30110021.172.238.276.5143.0
V. Reyes LF30000001.125.125.125.2500.0
Total312520147-----
  • a-singled for Goodrum in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Soler (3)
  • HR - W. Merrifield (2)
  • RBI - W. Merrifield (5), A. Almonte (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Merrifield (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Goodrum (2)
  • 3B - J. Jones
  • SF - J. Jones
  • RBI - J. Jones (3), J. Iglesias (6)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Iglesias (2)
FIELDING
  • PB - D. Butera (2)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Candelario (4), N. Goodrum
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Junis (W, 3-1)8.04221402.030.7529.0
K. Herrera (S, 3)1.01000000.000.539.0
Total9.0522140---
PITCHERSIP
J. Junis (W, 3-1)8.0
K. Herrera (S, 3)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Norris4.23113514.911.557.5
B. Farmer1.10001106.481.922.5
A. Wilson2.00001305.401.116.5
S. Greene (L, 1-1) (BS, 2)1.03211204.151.38-6.0
Total9.06326111---
PITCHERSIP
D. Norris4.2
B. Farmer1.1
A. Wilson2.0
S. Greene (L, 1-1) (BS, 2)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 106-72, K. Herrera 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 9-11, K. Herrera 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. Junis 29, K. Herrera 4
PITCHING
  • WP - A. Wilson (2)
  • IBB - S. Greene
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Norris 85-55, B. Farmer 22-14, A. Wilson 30-17, S. Greene 26-20
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Norris 5-5, B. Farmer 1-1, S. Greene 1-1
  • Batters Faced - D. Norris 21, B. Farmer 4, A. Wilson 7, S. Greene 8
  • 9TH INNING
    Jay safe at first on 1st baseman Goodrum fielding error, Escobar scored, Almonte to third, Jay to second32
    Almonte singled to right, Goins scored, Escobar to second22
  • 7TH INNING
    Jones hit sacrifice fly to center, Goodrum scored12
  • 5TH INNING
    Merrifield homered to left center11
  • 3RD INNING
    Iglesias singled to center, Jones scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Shane Greene relieved Alex Wilson
    • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cuthbert struck out swinging
    • Ryan Goins hit for Paulo Orlando
    • R. Goins: Goins singled to center
    • A. Escobar: Escobar singled to left, Goins to second
    • Abraham Almonte hit for Drew Butera
    • A. Almonte: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Almonte singled to right, Goins scored, Escobar to second
    • J. Jay: Strike looking, Jay safe at first on 1st baseman Goodrum fielding error, Escobar scored, Almonte to third, Jay to second
    • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Merrifield popped out to third
    • M. Moustakas: Moustakas intentionally walked
    • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Duda struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
    • Cam Gallagher catching
    • Kelvin Herrera relieved Jake Junis
    • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Foul, Castellanos flied out to center
    • V. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Martinez popped out to third
    • Miguel Cabrera hit for Niko Goodrum
    • M. Cabrera: Cabrera singled to left
    • Mike Gerber ran for Miguel Cabrera
    • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Hicks grounded out to third
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • A. Wilson Pitching:
    • M. Moustakas: Moustakas lined out to left
    • L. Duda: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
    • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Junis Pitching:
    • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Reyes flied out to right
    • D. Machado: Foul, Ball, Ball, Machado grounded out to third
    • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Candelario grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Alex Wilson relieved Buck Farmer
    • A. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Escobar walked
    • D. Butera: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Escobar to second on wild pitch, Butera flied out to deep center, Escobar to third
    • J. Jay: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Jay struck out swinging
    • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield popped out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Junis Pitching:
    • V. Martinez: Martinez lined out to left
    • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Goodrum doubled to deep center
    • J. Hicks: Ball, Foul, Hicks reached on an infield single to shortstop, Goodrum to third
    • J. Jones: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Jones hit sacrifice fly to center, Goodrum scored
    • J. Iglesias: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Iglesias struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • B. Farmer Pitching:
    • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Soler walked
    • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Cuthbert grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Soler out at second
    • P. Orlando: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Orlando struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Junis Pitching:
    • D. Machado: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Machado flied out to deep left
    • J. Candelario: Ball, Candelario flied out to shallow left
    • N. Castellanos: Castellanos flied out to right
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • D. Norris Pitching:
    • D. Butera: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Butera struck out swinging
    • J. Jay: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Jay grounded out to pitcher
    • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield homered to left center
    • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Moustakas singled to center
    • Buck Farmer relieved Daniel Norris
    • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Duda flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Junis Pitching:
    • J. Jones: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Jones lined out to center
    • J. Iglesias: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Iglesias struck out swinging
    • V. Reyes: Foul, Reyes grounded out to first
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • D. Norris Pitching:
    • J. Soler: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Soler doubled to left
    • C. Cuthbert: Cuthbert grounded out to shortstop
    • P. Orlando: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Orlando grounded out to third
    • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike swinging, Escobar lined out to center
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Junis Pitching:
    • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
    • V. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
    • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Goodrum fouled out to catcher
    • J. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hicks grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Martinez out at second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • D. Norris Pitching:
    • W. Merrifield: Merrifield popped out to first
    • M. Moustakas: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Moustakas grounded out to shortstop
    • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Junis Pitching:
    • J. Jones: Jones tripled to deep right center
    • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Iglesias singled to center, Jones scored
    • V. Reyes: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Iglesias stole second, Foul, Reyes grounded out to pitcher
    • D. Machado: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Iglesias to third on passed ball, Machado grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Candelario grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • D. Norris Pitching:
    • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Soler walked
    • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cuthbert struck out swinging
    • P. Orlando: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Orlando flied out to right
    • A. Escobar: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Escobar safe at first on 3rd baseman Candelario fielding error, Soler to second
    • D. Butera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Butera walked, Soler to third, Escobar to second
    • J. Jay: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Jay struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • J. Junis Pitching:
    • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Martinez flied out to left
    • N. Goodrum: Ball, Goodrum grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Hicks: Foul, Hicks flied out to right
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • D. Norris Pitching:
    • J. Jay: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Jay walked
    • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
    • M. Moustakas: Moustakas flied out to deep left
    • L. Duda: Ball, Duda flied out to center
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Junis Pitching:
    • D. Machado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Machado grounded out to third
    • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Candelario lined out to left
    • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Castellanos struck out looking
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)