Moustakas, Almonte slug Royals past Tigers 8-5

DETROIT (AP) Buck Farmer kept throwing changeups to Mike Moustakas, and the Kansas City slugger eventually adjusted.

''After the first three or four, I was starting sitting on it,'' Moustakas said. ''Finally, he ended up leaving one up, and I was able to get a good swing on it.''

Moustakas hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Kansas City Royals outlasted the Detroit Tigers 8-5 on Sunday to earn a split of their four-game series.

Abraham Almonte hit a grand slam in the sixth to give the Royals a 5-2 lead, but Detroit tied it with three runs in the bottom of the inning.

Kansas City took the lead again when Drew VerHagen (0-1) walked two batters in the seventh and Moustakas hit a drive to right off Farmer. It was the sixth pitch of the at-bat.

The Royals won for only the second time in 12 games, and Moustakas extended his hitting streak to 14.

Kevin McCarthy (1-0) became the first Kansas City reliever credited with a win this season, although that came after he let the lead slip away in the sixth. Brian Flynn pitched two scoreless innings of relief for the Royals, and Kelvin Herrera worked a perfect ninth for his fourth save.

Detroit starter Francisco Liriano took a no-hitter into the sixth before Whit Merrifield led off with a homer to left. With two on and one out, Alex Wilson came on in relief and walked his first batter to load the bases. Almonte followed with a drive to right for his second career grand slam .

''I came into a big spot and I didn't do my job,'' Wilson said. ''There's nothing puzzling about it - I made terrible pitches.''

Royals starter Eric Skoglund walked the first two hitters of the bottom of the sixth, then was relieved by McCarthy. Nicholas Castellanos greeted him with an RBI single, and an error by left fielder Paulo Orlando left men at second and third. One out later, JaCoby Jones hit an RBI single, and James McCann added a sacrifice fly to make it 5-all.

''It is frustrating that Frankie gave us a chance and our hitters got us right back into the game, but our bullpen couldn't get the ball over the plate,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''We had some guys who weren't available today, so we were mixing and matching, but no matter who we bring in, we need them to throw the ball over the plate and get outs.''

The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the first on an RBI groundout by Miguel Cabrera and a run-scoring single by Castellanos.

Castellanos had three hits.

BIG SERIES

Almonte had a big ninth-inning hit in a win Friday night, then added three more hits Saturday. He wrapped up the series in impressive fashion with his grand slam.

''I've been feeling better every game, every at-bat,'' Almonte said. ''I'm getting more confident, I'm seeing the ball better.''

STRONG HOMESTAND

Although they finished on a sour note, the Tigers went 5-3 on their homestand, averaging 6.4 runs a game.

''We need to keep playing the way we played this week,'' leadoff hitter Leonys Martin said. ''We're not going to win every game, but we will give ourselves a chance. That's all you do. Play 27 outs and make sure you have a chance.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: C Salvador Perez (left knee sprain) caught seven innings and went 3 for 4 with a homer Saturday night on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha. He went 1 for 3 as a DH on Sunday. ... OF Alex Gordon (left hip tear) went 1 for 2 with two walks Saturday and 1 for 3 on Sunday. ''They're close,'' Kansas City manager Ned Yost said.

UP NEXT

Both teams are off Monday. The Royals begin a two-game home series against Milwaukee on Tuesday night. Kansas City sends RHP Ian Kennedy (1-2) to the mound against RHP Zach Davies (1-2). Former Royals star Lorenzo Cain plays for the Brewers now after signing with Milwaukee in January.

The Tigers begin a three-game series at Pittsburgh on Tuesday night, with Detroit RHP Jordan Zimmermann (1-0) facing RHP Chad Kuhl (2-1).

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DET9-11
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  • W: K. McCarthy (1-0)L: D. VerHagen (0-1)S: K. Herrera (4)
  • HR: KC - M. Moustakas (6), A. Almonte (2), W. Merrifield (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 1B51111014.266.337.418.7555.5
C. Cuthbert 3B42100111.250.338.286.6244.5
M. Moustakas DH51131001.318.341.612.9538.0
J. Soler RF21100300.288.415.423.8385.0
P. Orlando LF41000123.191.224.234.4591.0
A. Almonte CF31141112.242.286.424.71011.5
R. Goins 2B40000012.207.258.241.499-0.5
A. Escobar SS40100011.200.282.329.6110.5
D. Butera C21100201.182.275.227.5024.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Martin CF31000011.274.346.438.7841.5
    J. Candelario 3B32100101.277.355.494.8495.0
    M. Cabrera 1B31110102.300.398.457.8554.0
    N. Castellanos RF41320001.309.364.457.8206.0
    V. Martinez DH40000024.258.311.379.690-1.0
    J. Jones LF40110001.293.362.512.8742.0
    J. McCann C30110010.232.297.321.6181.5
    J. Iglesias SS40000022.194.250.284.534-1.0
    D. Machado 2B40100001.211.269.366.6352.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Cuthbert (2)
      • HR - W. Merrifield (3), M. Moustakas (6), A. Almonte (2)
      • RBI - W. Merrifield (7), M. Moustakas 3 (17), A. Almonte 4 (6)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Candelario (5), D. Machado (8)
      • SF - J. McCann (2)
      • RBI - M. Cabrera (14), N. Castellanos 2 (11), J. Jones (5), J. McCann (9)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Almonte
      FIELDING
      • E - P. Orlando (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Skoglund5.04442308.591.576.5
      K. McCarthy (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.02100106.231.858.5
      B. Flynn (H, 1)2.02000103.601.304.5
      K. Herrera (S, 4)1.00000100.000.4510.5
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Skoglund5.0
      K. McCarthy (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.0
      B. Flynn (H, 1)2.0
      K. Herrera (S, 4)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Liriano5.12334613.131.139.0
      A. Wilson (BS, 1)0.21221016.571.22-4.0
      D. VerHagen (L, 0-1)0.10222106.301.30-8.5
      B. Farmer1.24110016.302.00-2.0
      J. Jimenez1.00001000.000.932.0
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Liriano5.1
      A. Wilson (BS, 1)0.2
      D. VerHagen (L, 0-1)0.1
      B. Farmer1.2
      J. Jimenez1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - E. Skoglund
      • HBP - E. Skoglund (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Skoglund 94-54, K. McCarthy 17-11, B. Flynn 28-19, K. Herrera 13-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Skoglund 5-6, K. McCarthy 1-1, B. Flynn 3-1
      • Batters Faced - E. Skoglund 21, K. McCarthy 5, B. Flynn 7, K. Herrera 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Liriano 92-56, A. Wilson 18-9, D. VerHagen 15-5, B. Farmer 20-14, J. Jimenez 19-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Liriano 4-6, A. Wilson 2-0, B. Farmer 2-2
      • Batters Faced - F. Liriano 22, A. Wilson 4, D. VerHagen 3, B. Farmer 8, J. Jimenez 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      W. Merrifield 1B51111014.266.337.418.7555.5
      C. Cuthbert 3B42100111.250.338.286.6244.5
      M. Moustakas DH51131001.318.341.612.9538.0
      J. Soler RF21100300.288.415.423.8385.0
      P. Orlando LF41000123.191.224.234.4591.0
      A. Almonte CF31141112.242.286.424.71011.5
      R. Goins 2B40000012.207.258.241.499-0.5
      A. Escobar SS40100011.200.282.329.6110.5
      D. Butera C21100201.182.275.227.5024.0
      Total3387838715-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        L. Martin CF31000011.274.346.438.7841.5
        J. Candelario 3B32100101.277.355.494.8495.0
        M. Cabrera 1B31110102.300.398.457.8554.0
        N. Castellanos RF41320001.309.364.457.8206.0
        V. Martinez DH40000024.258.311.379.690-1.0
        J. Jones LF40110001.293.362.512.8742.0
        J. McCann C30110010.232.297.321.6181.5
        J. Iglesias SS40000022.194.250.284.534-1.0
        D. Machado 2B40100001.211.269.366.6352.0
        Total3258502613-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Cuthbert (2)
          • HR - W. Merrifield (3), M. Moustakas (6), A. Almonte (2)
          • RBI - W. Merrifield (7), M. Moustakas 3 (17), A. Almonte 4 (6)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Candelario (5), D. Machado (8)
          • SF - J. McCann (2)
          • RBI - M. Cabrera (14), N. Castellanos 2 (11), J. Jones (5), J. McCann (9)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Almonte
          FIELDING
          • E - P. Orlando (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          E. Skoglund5.04442308.591.576.5
          K. McCarthy (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.02100106.231.858.5
          B. Flynn (H, 1)2.02000103.601.304.5
          K. Herrera (S, 4)1.00000100.000.4510.5
          Total9.0854260---
          PITCHERSIP
          E. Skoglund5.0
          K. McCarthy (W, 1-0) (BS, 1)1.0
          B. Flynn (H, 1)2.0
          K. Herrera (S, 4)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          F. Liriano5.12334613.131.139.0
          A. Wilson (BS, 1)0.21221016.571.22-4.0
          D. VerHagen (L, 0-1)0.10222106.301.30-8.5
          B. Farmer1.24110016.302.00-2.0
          J. Jimenez1.00001000.000.932.0
          Total9.0788873---
          PITCHERSIP
          F. Liriano5.1
          A. Wilson (BS, 1)0.2
          D. VerHagen (L, 0-1)0.1
          B. Farmer1.2
          J. Jimenez1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - E. Skoglund
          • HBP - E. Skoglund (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - E. Skoglund 94-54, K. McCarthy 17-11, B. Flynn 28-19, K. Herrera 13-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Skoglund 5-6, K. McCarthy 1-1, B. Flynn 3-1
          • Batters Faced - E. Skoglund 21, K. McCarthy 5, B. Flynn 7, K. Herrera 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - F. Liriano 92-56, A. Wilson 18-9, D. VerHagen 15-5, B. Farmer 20-14, J. Jimenez 19-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Liriano 4-6, A. Wilson 2-0, B. Farmer 2-2
          • Batters Faced - F. Liriano 22, A. Wilson 4, D. VerHagen 3, B. Farmer 8, J. Jimenez 4
          • 7TH INNING
            Moustakas homered to right, Butera and Cuthbert scored85
          • 6TH INNING
            McCann hit sacrifice fly to right, Castellanos scored55
            Jones singled to left, Cabrera scored, Castellanos to third54
            Castellanos singled to left, Candelario scored, Cabrera to third, Castellanos to second on left fielder Orlando fielding error53
            Almonte homered to right center, Cuthbert, Soler and Orlando scored52
            Merrifield homered to left12
          • 1ST INNING
            Castellanos singled to left, Candelario scored02
            Cabrera grounded out to shortstop, Martin scored, Candelario to third01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Joe Jimenez relieved Buck Farmer
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Foul, Cuthbert flied out to center
            • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Moustakas popped out to third
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Soler walked
            • P. Orlando: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Orlando fouled out to second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Kelvin Herrera relieved Brian Flynn
            • J. McCann: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, McCann lined out to right
            • J. Iglesias: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Iglesias struck out swinging
            • D. Machado: Ball, Ball, Machado lined out to shortstop
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • B. Farmer Pitching:
            • R. Goins: Strike looking, Goins lined out to left
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike swinging, Escobar singled to right
            • D. Butera: Butera singled to shallow right center, Escobar to third
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Butera out at second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Flynn Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos singled to center
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Martinez grounded into double play third to second to first, Castellanos out at second
            • J. Jones: Foul, Ball, Ball, Jones grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Drew VerHagen relieved Alex Wilson
            • D. Butera: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Butera walked
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cuthbert walked, Butera to second
            • Buck Farmer relieved Drew VerHagen
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Moustakas homered to right, Butera and Cuthbert scored
            • J. Soler: Ball, Soler singled to left
            • P. Orlando: Orlando lined out to right
            • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Almonte grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 7th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Brian Flynn relieved Kevin McCarthy
            • D. Machado: Ball, Strike looking, Machado doubled to deep right
            • L. Martin: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Candelario flied out to left
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Merrifield homered to left
            • C. Cuthbert: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Cuthbert doubled to left
            • M. Moustakas: Moustakas grounded out to first, Cuthbert to third
            • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Soler walked
            • Alex Wilson relieved Francisco Liriano
            • P. Orlando: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Orlando walked, Soler to second
            • A. Almonte: Ball, Almonte homered to right center, Cuthbert, Soler and Orlando scored
            • R. Goins: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Goins grounded out to first
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 6th (5 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Skoglund Pitching:
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Candelario walked
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked, Candelario to second
            • Kevin McCarthy relieved Eric Skoglund
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Castellanos singled to left, Candelario scored, Cabrera to third, Castellanos to second on left fielder Orlando fielding error
            • V. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • J. Jones: Jones singled to left, Cabrera scored, Castellanos to third
            • J. McCann: Ball, McCann hit sacrifice fly to right, Castellanos scored
            • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Iglesias grounded out to third
            • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 5TH INNING
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • A. Almonte: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Almonte walked
            • R. Goins: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Goins struck out swinging
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • D. Butera: Ball, Strike looking, Almonte stole second, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Butera popped out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Skoglund Pitching:
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Iglesias struck out swinging
            • D. Machado: Ball, Strike looking, Machado grounded out to shortstop
            • L. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Martin lined out to right
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Moustakas lined out to left
            • J. Soler: Ball, Soler flied out to deep left
            • P. Orlando: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Orlando struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Skoglund Pitching:
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Jones grounded out to second
            • J. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul tip, McCann struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Escobar flied out to shallow center
            • D. Butera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Butera walked
            • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Merrifield grounded out to second, Butera to second
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cuthbert grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Skoglund Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Foul, Martin flied out to deep center
            • J. Candelario: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Candelario grounded out to second
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Cabrera singled to center
            • N. Castellanos: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Castellanos flied out to right
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Soler walked
            • P. Orlando: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Orlando struck out swinging
            • A. Almonte: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Almonte struck out looking
            • R. Goins: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Goins flied out to right
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Skoglund Pitching:
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, McCann singled to right
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Iglesias fouled out to first
            • D. Machado: Ball, Ball, Machado grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, McCann out at second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Merrifield grounded out to second
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cuthbert struck out swinging
            • M. Moustakas: Moustakas lined out to left
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Skoglund Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Ball, Foul, Ball, Martin hit by pitch
            • J. Candelario: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Candelario doubled to left center, Martin to third
            • M. Cabrera: Cabrera grounded out to shortstop, Martin scored, Candelario to third
            • N. Castellanos: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Castellanos singled to left, Candelario scored
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martinez flied out to center
            • J. Jones: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Castellanos to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Jones popped out to second
            • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)