Zimmermann, Castellanos help Tigers beat Royals 3-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) It was hot on the field, and Jordan Zimmermann had been sick for two days. And still the Royals were no match for the Tigers right-hander.

Zimmermann allowed two hits over five scoreless innings, Nicholas Castellanos had three extra-base hits and Detroit beat Kansas City 3-2 on Saturday.

Zimmermann (2-0) improved to 4-0 with a 1.48 ERA in seven appearances, including six starts, against the Royals. This shut-down performance came while battling flu-like symptoms.

''Coming back from that took a lot out of me,'' said Zimmermann, who noted the 83-degree first-pitch temperature was the highest of any of his starts this year. ''I was happy to be able to go five and pitch pretty well and give the team a chance to win.''

Zimmermann did not give up a hit until Lucas Duda's two-out double in the fourth. He exited after 85 pitches, waking three and striking out five while battling flu-like symptoms.

''I think more than anything else, your energy just gets zapped when you're fighting those things all night long and not sleeping well,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''We knew it going in. His body was aching pretty good, but he wanted to go. He sucked it up there for almost 90 pitches. He gave us as many innings as he could give us. Pretty impressive.''

Castellanos had an RBI double as the Tigers scored three runs in the first inning off Jason Hammel (0-4).

Detroit held on from there, even after Kansas City cut the lead to one in the ninth. Lucas Duda led off with a double and scored when center fielder Leonys Martin dropped Alex Gordon's line drive that struck him in the forehead. Shane Greene struck out Alcides Escobar and Jon Jay to strand Gordon and log his sixth save.

''You get in that situation where you're just one hit from tying it up and really a double away from winning the ball game,'' Yost said.

The Royals loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth, but Zimmermann struck out Mike Moustakas on four pitches to end the jam.

Zimmermann did not give up a hit until Duda's two-out double in the fourth.

The Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead after six hitters. Castellanos, Victor Martinez and John Hicks had RBI doubles in the first.

The Royals got on the board in the sixth when Abraham Almonte snapped an 0-for-12 skid with a home run off left-hander Blaine Hardy, who was called up Friday.

Hammel settled down after the first and pitched 6 2/3 innings. He gave up 10 hits, walked one and struck out five.

''It is tough to come out and give up three in the first inning,'' Hammel said. ''I've got to do a better job setting the tone. Fighting from behind is not easy. The first inning, I was flat with the two-seam and a changeup to Castellanos I'd want back, just an 0-2 bad pitch. We got some length, but good enough length to lose.''

The Tigers loaded the bases in the seventh, but reliever Brian Flynn retired JaCoby Jones on a foul pop up to third baseman Moustakas to end the threat.

Martinez, Martin and James McCann each had a pair of hits for Detroit.

Jorge Soler went 0 for 4, snapping his career-high 19-game on-base streak and 10-game hitting streak.

DEBUT TIME

Royals RHP Jason Adam pitched a scoreless ninth in his major league debut, walking one, allowing Castellanos' second double and striking out one. Adam is from Blue Valley Northwest High, a Kansas City suburb. ''The first hitter I was definitely nervous,'' Adam said. ''I think we saw that with a walk. It was just a surreal moment. I had a lot of people tell me to take it in when you jog in and I did.'' ... Gardenhire said C Grayson Greiner will start Sunday for his big league debut. He was called up Friday from Triple-A Toledo, where he hit .259 in 17 games.

PERFECT ON CHALLENGES

Bill Duplissea, the Royals' instant replay coordinator, is perfect in nine challenges this year. The Royals are the only team in the majors with a perfect challenge record this year.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: There is no timetable when 1B Miguel Cabrera (right hamstring strain) will return after being placed on the 10-day disabled list Friday. ''I can't tell you if 10 days is enough, only he will be able to do that as we go along,'' Gardenhire said.

UP NEXT

Tigers: LHP Matthew Boyd will start the series finale. He is 2-5 with a 7.05 ERA in 10 career starts against Kansas City.

Royals: RHP Jakob Junis has a 5.19 ERA in three home starts this season.

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DET14-18
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KC10-23
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  • W: J. Zimmermann (2-0)L: J. Hammel (0-4)S: S. Greene (6)
  • HR: KC - A. Almonte (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Martin CF41200102.282.344.470.8144.0
J. Candelario 3B40000122.281.357.500.8570.0
N. Castellanos RF51310022.313.366.496.8628.0
V. Martinez DH41210102.258.333.381.7156.0
J. Jones LF40000006.250.302.420.7230.0
J. Hicks 1B40110010.250.313.477.7902.5
J. McCann C40200001.278.321.412.7332.0
J. Iglesias SS40100002.212.244.292.5361.0
D. Machado 2B40100011.205.256.313.5690.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Jay DH40100122.275.353.308.6611.0
    J. Soler RF40000013.297.415.505.920-0.5
    M. Moustakas 3B30000123.290.329.542.8710.0
    S. Perez C40000001.269.316.442.7580.0
    L. Duda 1B41200000.239.303.349.6515.0
    A. Almonte CF41111022.226.293.415.7085.0
    A. Gordon LF40000000.288.333.411.7440.0
    A. Escobar SS30000111.217.287.330.6170.5
    R. Goins 2B40100021.256.293.308.6000.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - L. Martin (6), N. Castellanos 2 (9), V. Martinez (6), J. Hicks (4)
      • 3B - N. Castellanos (3)
      • RBI - N. Castellanos (21), V. Martinez (14), J. Hicks (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Hicks
      BATTING
      • 2B - L. Duda 2 (3)
      • HR - A. Almonte (3)
      • RBI - A. Almonte (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Almonte (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - L. Martin (3)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Hicks (3), L. Martin
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Zimmermann (W, 2-0)5.02003504.881.3119.5
      B. Hardy (H, 1)1.01110019.001.001.0
      A. Wilson (H, 5)1.10000104.580.973.5
      D. Stumpf (H, 5)0.10000102.921.300.5
      J. Jimenez (H, 5)0.10000002.701.200.0
      S. Greene (S, 6)1.02100304.501.439.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Zimmermann (W, 2-0)5.0
      B. Hardy (H, 1)1.0
      A. Wilson (H, 5)1.1
      D. Stumpf (H, 5)0.1
      J. Jimenez (H, 5)0.1
      S. Greene (S, 6)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Hammel (L, 0-4)6.210331504.781.364.5
      B. Flynn0.10001003.601.40-1.0
      B. Keller1.01000002.841.182.0
      J. Adam1.01001100.002.001.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Hammel (L, 0-4)6.2
      B. Flynn0.1
      B. Keller1.0
      J. Adam1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Zimmermann 85-53, B. Hardy 21-13, A. Wilson 17-11, D. Stumpf 5-3, J. Jimenez 2-1, S. Greene 25-19
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Zimmermann 1-10, B. Hardy 1-2, A. Wilson 2-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Zimmermann 21, B. Hardy 4, A. Wilson 4, D. Stumpf, J. Jimenez, S. Greene 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 100-71, B. Flynn 6-2, B. Keller 17-11, J. Adam 19-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 6-8, B. Keller 3-0, J. Adam 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 30, B. Flynn 2, B. Keller 4, J. Adam 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      DET14-18
      3000000003122
      KC10-23
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      L. Martin CF41200102.282.344.470.8144.0
      J. Candelario 3B40000122.281.357.500.8570.0
      N. Castellanos RF51310022.313.366.496.8628.0
      V. Martinez DH41210102.258.333.381.7156.0
      J. Jones LF40000006.250.302.420.7230.0
      J. Hicks 1B40110010.250.313.477.7902.5
      J. McCann C40200001.278.321.412.7332.0
      J. Iglesias SS40100002.212.244.292.5361.0
      D. Machado 2B40100011.205.256.313.5690.5
      Total37312303618-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Jay DH40100122.275.353.308.6611.0
        J. Soler RF40000013.297.415.505.920-0.5
        M. Moustakas 3B30000123.290.329.542.8710.0
        S. Perez C40000001.269.316.442.7580.0
        L. Duda 1B41200000.239.303.349.6515.0
        A. Almonte CF41111022.226.293.415.7085.0
        A. Gordon LF40000000.288.333.411.7440.0
        A. Escobar SS30000111.217.287.330.6170.5
        R. Goins 2B40100021.256.293.308.6000.0
        Total34251131013-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - L. Martin (6), N. Castellanos 2 (9), V. Martinez (6), J. Hicks (4)
          • 3B - N. Castellanos (3)
          • RBI - N. Castellanos (21), V. Martinez (14), J. Hicks (6)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Hicks
          BATTING
          • 2B - L. Duda 2 (3)
          • HR - A. Almonte (3)
          • RBI - A. Almonte (8)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Almonte (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - L. Martin (3)
          FIELDING
          • E - J. Hicks (3), L. Martin
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Zimmermann (W, 2-0)5.02003504.881.3119.5
          B. Hardy (H, 1)1.01110019.001.001.0
          A. Wilson (H, 5)1.10000104.580.973.5
          D. Stumpf (H, 5)0.10000102.921.300.5
          J. Jimenez (H, 5)0.10000002.701.200.0
          S. Greene (S, 6)1.02100304.501.439.5
          Total9.05213101---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Zimmermann (W, 2-0)5.0
          B. Hardy (H, 1)1.0
          A. Wilson (H, 5)1.1
          D. Stumpf (H, 5)0.1
          J. Jimenez (H, 5)0.1
          S. Greene (S, 6)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Hammel (L, 0-4)6.210331504.781.364.5
          B. Flynn0.10001003.601.40-1.0
          B. Keller1.01000002.841.182.0
          J. Adam1.01001100.002.001.5
          Total9.01233360---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Hammel (L, 0-4)6.2
          B. Flynn0.1
          B. Keller1.0
          J. Adam1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Zimmermann 85-53, B. Hardy 21-13, A. Wilson 17-11, D. Stumpf 5-3, J. Jimenez 2-1, S. Greene 25-19
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Zimmermann 1-10, B. Hardy 1-2, A. Wilson 2-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Zimmermann 21, B. Hardy 4, A. Wilson 4, D. Stumpf, J. Jimenez, S. Greene 6
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 100-71, B. Flynn 6-2, B. Keller 17-11, J. Adam 19-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 6-8, B. Keller 3-0, J. Adam 1-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 30, B. Flynn 2, B. Keller 4, J. Adam 4
          • 9TH INNING
            Gordon safe at first on center fielder Martin fielding error, Duda scored, Gordon to second32
          • 6TH INNING
            Almonte homered to left31
          • 1ST INNING
            Hicks doubled to deep center, Martinez scored30
            Martinez doubled to deep center, Castellanos scored20
            Castellanos doubled to deep left, Martin scored, Castellanos to third10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Jason Adam relieved Brad Keller
            • L. Martin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Martin walked
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Castellanos doubled to deep left
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Martinez grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Shane Greene relieved Joe Jimenez
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Duda doubled to deep right
            • A. Almonte: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Almonte struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gordon safe at first on center fielder Martin fielding error, Duda scored, Gordon to second
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • R. Goins: Goins reached on an infield single to second, Gordon to third
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Jay struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Brad Keller relieved Brian Flynn
            • J. Hicks: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hicks grounded out to third
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, McCann grounded out to second
            • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike looking, Iglesias reached on an infield single to third
            • D. Machado: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Machado grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Wilson Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Ball, Foul, Soler grounded out to third
            • Daniel Stumpf relieved Alex Wilson
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
            • Joe Jimenez relieved Daniel Stumpf
            • S. Perez: Ball, Perez fouled out to first
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • D. Machado: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Machado struck out swinging
            • L. Martin: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Martin doubled to deep right
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Candelario walked
            • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • Brian Flynn relieved Jason Hammel
            • V. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked, Martin to third, Candelario to second
            • J. Jones: Jones fouled out to third
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Alex Wilson relieved Blaine Hardy
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Goins: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Goins struck out looking
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Jay lined out to left
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • J. Hicks: Hicks lined out to shortstop
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCann singled to left
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Iglesias grounded into double play third to second to first, McCann out at second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Blaine Hardy relieved Jordan Zimmermann
            • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Perez flied out to left
            • L. Duda: Ball, Strike swinging, Duda flied out to right
            • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Almonte homered to left
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gordon grounded out to second
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Candelario lined out to center
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • V. Martinez: Martinez singled to left
            • J. Jones: Strike swinging, Ball, Jones lined out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon lined out to right
            • A. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Escobar walked
            • R. Goins: Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Goins flied out to center
            • J. Jay: Jay singled to right center, Escobar to second
            • J. Soler: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Soler safe at first on 1st baseman Hicks fielding error, Escobar to third, Jay to second
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • J. Hicks: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • J. McCann: Strike swinging, McCann singled to left
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Iglesias flied out to deep center
            • D. Machado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Machado singled to shallow center, McCann to second
            • L. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martin grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • M. Moustakas: Foul, Moustakas lined out to third
            • S. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Perez popped out to second
            • L. Duda: Duda doubled to deep right
            • A. Almonte: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Almonte lined out to left
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Candelario flied out to center
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Foul, Castellanos tripled to deep right center
            • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martinez lined out to third
            • J. Jones: Strike swinging, Jones flied out to right
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Escobar flied out to center
            • R. Goins: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Goins struck out swinging
            • J. Jay: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jay walked
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike looking, Iglesias grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Machado: Foul, Strike looking, Machado grounded out to third
            • L. Martin: Martin lined out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • L. Duda: Duda flied out to center
            • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Almonte struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Foul, Ball, Gordon lined out to second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Strike swinging, Martin singled to left
            • J. Candelario: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
            • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Castellanos doubled to deep left, Martin scored, Castellanos to third
            • V. Martinez: Martinez doubled to deep center, Castellanos scored
            • J. Jones: Jones flied out to center
            • J. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hicks doubled to deep center, Martinez scored
            • J. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, McCann lined out to center
            • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Zimmermann Pitching:
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Jay struck out swinging
            • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Soler popped out to shortstop
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Moustakas walked
            • S. Perez: Perez flied out to deep right
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)