Royals bail out ballboy by rallying for 4-2 win over Tigers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Jorge Soler thought his spectacular diving catch in the ninth inning that helped preserve the Kansas City Royals' 4-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers trumped his go-ahead single the previous inning.

Maybe that was because the young outfielder's defense has been so maligned early in his career.

Or maybe it was because he got to the foul ball before the ballboy.

You see, the Tigers had taken a 2-0 lead in the top half of the eighth when the ballboy down the first-base line mistakenly picked up a fair ball, resulting in a ground-rule double. Royals reliever Blaine Boyer (1-0) walked Victor Martinez before serving up JaCoby Jones' hard-hit double to left field.

But the Royals' answered when Francisco Liriano, who was stingy all night, walked Cheslor Cuthbert to start the eighth. Liriano was lifted for Daniel Stumpf (1-1), who gave up a pair of singles and was yanked for reliever Joe Jimenez, who promptly threw a wild pitch to score a run.

Whit Merrifield knotted the game moments later with a sacrifice fly, and Soler's single through the left side of the infield brought home two runs - and gave that embarrassed ballboy a bit of relief.

''I didn't think it was going to impact the game,'' said Royals manager Ned Yost said of the boy's flub, reasoning it would have been a double anyway. ''At least he was awake.''

Royals closer Kelvin Herrera worked a perfect ninth for his sixth save, though the highlight was Soler tracking down that fly ball along the wall and making a dramatic diving grab.

''I was in a little bit and I saw the line drive toward the wall,'' Soler said through a translator. ''I actually worked on that particular play (before the game). The dive and catch.''

The collapse by the Detroit bullpen squandered a stellar outing by Liriano, who gave up a run on three hits and two walks. It also added to the misery that began before the game, when the Tigers had to put slugger Miguel Cabrera on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring.

''It's disappointing. It's bothersome because we had some good performances,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''It was a great pitching matchup. Both starting pitchers did their thing. You score like that and that shutdown inning has got to come next and we didn't get it.''

The Royals' Ian Kennedy was also sharp, facing the minimum through three innings before leaving runners stranded on the corners in the fourth. He allowed back-to-back singles leading off the fifth before striking out the side, then left two more runners at the corners to wrap up the sixth inning.

He left after throwing 103 pitches, allowing six hits and striking out seven with a single walk.

Liriano was even better at escaping jams, though. He got double plays to end the third, fourth and fifth innings, the last of them after a review that confirmed Lucas Duda out at first base, and then set the Royals down in order the next two innings before turning it over to his ragged bullpen.

''Get the first guy out and I didn't do that,'' Liriano said. ''We lost the game.''

REPLAY RECORD

Royals replay official Bill Duplissea improved to 9 for 9 on the season when he correctly challenged a call in the seventh inning. The Tigers' James McCann was called safe while stealing second base, but the Royals correctly argued that he had slid through the bag while the tag was applied.

CABRERA TO DL

Gardenhire hopes Cabrera, who was hitting .323 with three homers and 21 RBIs in 26 games, returns quickly but conceded "only time will tell." Detroit recalled C Grayson Greiner from Triple-A Toledo to fill his roster spot. John Hicks will get the majority of time at 1B while Cabrera is out.

OTHER MOVES

Detroit also selected the contract of LHP Blaine Hardy from Toledo after optioning LHP Chad Bell on Thursday night. ... The Royals optioned RHP Scott Barlow to Triple-A Omaha and selected the contract of RHP Jason Adam from the Storm Chasers. Adam was a fifth-round pick of the Royals from nearby Blue Valley Northwest High School. He was traded to Minnesota in 2014 and also spent time with San Diego, undergoing four surgeries before returning to Kansas City this past offseason.

UP NEXT

Tigers RHP Jordan Zimmermann has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of his first five starts, two of them having come against Kansas City. He starts Saturday against Royals RHP Jason Hammel.

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  • W: B. Boyer (1-0)L: D. Stumpf (1-1)S: K. Herrera (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Martin CF40000032.274.333.460.794-1.5
J. Candelario 3B41200000.290.362.516.8784.0
N. Castellanos RF30000112.302.358.460.8180.5
V. Martinez DH30300100.247.321.366.6864.0
V. Reyes PR-DH01000000.118.118.118.2351.0
J. Jones LF40120015.262.315.440.7563.5
J. Hicks 1B40100013.250.318.475.7930.5
J. McCann C40200000.269.314.409.7221.0
J. Iglesias SS40000013.211.243.294.537-0.5
D. Machado 2B40000013.204.256.315.571-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B30010001.244.315.362.6771.0
    J. Soler RF40120020.309.429.526.9542.0
    M. Moustakas DH40100001.297.331.555.8861.0
    S. Perez C20000101.292.340.479.8191.0
    C. Cuthbert 3B21000101.207.295.326.6212.0
    J. Jay LF31200011.276.351.310.6612.5
    A. Almonte CF00000000.224.296.367.6640.0
    L. Duda 1B30000014.229.296.324.619-0.5
    A. Gordon CF-LF31100010.304.351.435.7861.5
    A. Escobar SS21100100.223.288.339.6275.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Candelario (10), J. Jones (5)
      • RBI - J. Jones 2 (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Jones 2 (3)
      BATTING
      • SF - W. Merrifield (2)
      • RBI - W. Merrifield (11), J. Soler 2 (12)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Soler 2 (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - J. McCann
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Escobar (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Hicks (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Liriano7.03112502.971.0720.5
      D. Stumpf (L, 1-1) (H, 4)0.12220003.001.33-9.0
      J. Jimenez (BS, 1)0.21111002.761.22-3.0
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Liriano7.0
      D. Stumpf (L, 1-1) (H, 4)0.1
      J. Jimenez (BS, 1)0.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      I. Kennedy6.06001702.921.3817.5
      K. McCarthy1.01000002.031.052.0
      B. Boyer (W, 1-0)1.022211013.502.475.5
      K. Herrera (S, 6)1.00000000.710.6310.0
      PITCHERSIP
      I. Kennedy6.0
      K. McCarthy1.0
      B. Boyer (W, 1-0)1.0
      K. Herrera (S, 6)1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Jimenez (2)
      • IBB - J. Jimenez (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Liriano 93-61, D. Stumpf 10-8, J. Jimenez 13-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Liriano 9-4
      • Batters Faced - F. Liriano 23, D. Stumpf 3, J. Jimenez 4
      PITCHING
      • IBB - B. Boyer (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 103-69, K. McCarthy 9-5, B. Boyer 23-14, K. Herrera 10-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 5-5, B. Boyer 1-1
      • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 24, K. McCarthy 3, B. Boyer 6, K. Herrera 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      L. Martin CF40000032.274.333.460.794-1.5
      J. Candelario 3B41200000.290.362.516.8784.0
      N. Castellanos RF30000112.302.358.460.8180.5
      V. Martinez DH30300100.247.321.366.6864.0
      V. Reyes PR-DH01000000.118.118.118.2351.0
      J. Jones LF40120015.262.315.440.7563.5
      J. Hicks 1B40100013.250.318.475.7930.5
      J. McCann C40200000.269.314.409.7221.0
      J. Iglesias SS40000013.211.243.294.537-0.5
      D. Machado 2B40000013.204.256.315.571-0.5
      Total3429202818-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield 2B30010001.244.315.362.6771.0
        J. Soler RF40120020.309.429.526.9542.0
        M. Moustakas DH40100001.297.331.555.8861.0
        S. Perez C20000101.292.340.479.8191.0
        C. Cuthbert 3B21000101.207.295.326.6212.0
        J. Jay LF31200011.276.351.310.6612.5
        A. Almonte CF00000000.224.296.367.6640.0
        L. Duda 1B30000014.229.296.324.619-0.5
        A. Gordon CF-LF31100010.304.351.435.7861.5
        A. Escobar SS21100100.223.288.339.6275.0
        Total264630359-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Candelario (10), J. Jones (5)
          • RBI - J. Jones 2 (8)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Jones 2 (3)
          BATTING
          • SF - W. Merrifield (2)
          • RBI - W. Merrifield (11), J. Soler 2 (12)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Soler 2 (4)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - J. McCann
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Escobar (2)
          FIELDING
          • E - J. Hicks (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          F. Liriano7.03112502.971.0720.5
          D. Stumpf (L, 1-1) (H, 4)0.12220003.001.33-9.0
          J. Jimenez (BS, 1)0.21111002.761.22-3.0
          Total8.0644350---
          PITCHERSIP
          F. Liriano7.0
          D. Stumpf (L, 1-1) (H, 4)0.1
          J. Jimenez (BS, 1)0.2
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          I. Kennedy6.06001702.921.3817.5
          K. McCarthy1.01000002.031.052.0
          B. Boyer (W, 1-0)1.022211013.502.475.5
          K. Herrera (S, 6)1.00000000.710.6310.0
          Total9.0922280---
          PITCHERSIP
          I. Kennedy6.0
          K. McCarthy1.0
          B. Boyer (W, 1-0)1.0
          K. Herrera (S, 6)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - J. Jimenez (2)
          • IBB - J. Jimenez (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - F. Liriano 93-61, D. Stumpf 10-8, J. Jimenez 13-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Liriano 9-4
          • Batters Faced - F. Liriano 23, D. Stumpf 3, J. Jimenez 4
          PITCHING
          • IBB - B. Boyer (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 103-69, K. McCarthy 9-5, B. Boyer 23-14, K. Herrera 10-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 5-5, B. Boyer 1-1
          • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 24, K. McCarthy 3, B. Boyer 6, K. Herrera 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Soler singled to left, Gordon and Escobar scored24
            Merrifield hit sacrifice fly to right, Jay scored, Gordon to third22
            Cuthbert scored, Jay to third, Gordon to second on wild pitch21
            Jones doubled to deep left, Candelario and Reyes scored20
          • 9TH INNING
            • Kelvin Herrera relieved Blaine Boyer
            • Abraham Almonte in center
            • J. McCann: Ball, McCann fouled out to catcher
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Iglesias fouled out to right
            • D. Machado: Strike looking, Foul, Machado popped out to second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Blaine Boyer relieved Kevin McCarthy
            • L. Martin: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Martin struck out looking
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Candelario doubled to shallow right
            • N. Castellanos: Foul, Ball, Ball, Castellanos popped out to first
            • V. Martinez: Martinez intentionally walked
            • Victor Reyes ran for Victor Martinez
            • J. Jones: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Jones doubled to deep left, Candelario and Reyes scored
            • J. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Hicks grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cuthbert walked
            • Daniel Stumpf relieved Francisco Liriano
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Jay singled to shallow left, Cuthbert to second
            • L. Duda: Foul, Strike looking, Duda flied out to shallow left
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gordon singled to shallow right, Cuthbert to third, Jay to second
            • Joe Jimenez relieved Daniel Stumpf
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Cuthbert scored, Jay to third, Gordon to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Escobar intentionally walked
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield hit sacrifice fly to right, Jay scored, Gordon to third
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Ball, Escobar stole second, Soler singled to left, Gordon and Escobar scored
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Moustakas flied out to shallow left
            • End of the 8th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Kevin McCarthy relieved Ian Kennedy
            • J. McCann: McCann singled to shallow left
            • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Iglesias popped bunt out to pitcher
            • D. Machado: Foul, Machado lined out to second
            • L. Martin: Ball, McCann caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • M. Moustakas: Moustakas popped out to shortstop
            • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Perez grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Foul, Candelario grounded out to second
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Castellanos walked
            • V. Martinez: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Martinez singled to right, Castellanos to third
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hicks lined out to right
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • A. Escobar: Foul, Foul on 1st baseman Hicks dropped ball error, Foul, Escobar grounded out to second
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Merrifield popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 5TH INNING
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • J. Hicks: Foul, Ball, Hicks singled to shallow center
            • J. McCann: McCann singled to right, Hicks to second
            • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Iglesias struck out looking
            • D. Machado: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Machado struck out swinging
            • L. Martin: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cuthbert flied out to shallow right
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Jay singled to shallow center
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Duda grounded into double play shortstop to first, Jay out at second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Strike looking, Foul, Martin lined out to left
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Candelario singled to right
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos lined out to right
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez singled to right, Candelario to third
            • J. Jones: Jones grounded into fielder's choice to third, Martinez out at second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Ball, Moustakas singled to shallow right center
            • S. Perez: Perez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Moustakas out at second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, McCann fouled out to first
            • J. Iglesias: Iglesias grounded out to third
            • D. Machado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Machado flied out to shallow right
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Escobar: Escobar singled to right
            • W. Merrifield: Pickoff attempt, Merrifield grounded into double play third to second to first, Escobar out at second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • V. Martinez: Martinez singled to left
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Jones grounded into double play third to second to first, Martinez out at second
            • J. Hicks: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Perez walked
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Cuthbert reached on fielder's choice to third, Perez out at second
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Jay struck out swinging
            • L. Duda: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Candelario grounded out to first
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • F. Liriano Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Merrifield grounded out to second
            • J. Soler: Soler flied out to deep center
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Moustakas grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)