Moustakas helps Royals top Tigers 4-2, win first series

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Mike Moustakas helped the Kansas City Royals win a series for the first time in 11 tries this season.

Moustakas drove in three runs with a double and sacrifice fly, and the Royals beat Detroit 4-2 on Sunday to take three of four from the Tigers.

Kansas City had lost nine previous series this year and split one.

''We've been going out and grinding and playing good baseball,'' Moustakas said. ''Obviously things haven't really been going our way. Lately we've been playing great ball. Things are starting to fall for us. Our staff has been doing phenomenal and our defense is always there. If we keep doing those things, we're going to keep getting better.''

Kansas City has won six of its last nine games, leaving the Royals at 11-23.

Jakob Junis (4-2) improved to 3-0 against the Tigers this year and matched his career high with eight strikeouts. He allowed two runs and eight hits in seven-plus innings.

''The slider was working,'' Junis said. ''I had a lot of strikeouts and strikeouts in big situations. Strikeouts are always good.''

Kelvin Herrera retired pinch-hitter Nicholas Castellanos on a game-ending flyout with a man on for his seventh save in eight chances, ending a game that took just 2 hours, 16 minutes.

Matthew Boyd (1-3) gave up four runs and six hits in seven innings, dropping to 2-6 against Kansas City.

''We got a lot of weak contact,'' Boyd said. ''I made most of my pitches all game, it's just that Moustakas was one of my mistakes. I didn't make my pitch there. It's unfortunate that the game came down to the Moustakas matchup. I threw the pitch I wanted to. I just didn't execute it like I wanted to. I had a chance to put him away earlier in the count and I didn't do that.''

Moustakas hit a sacrifice fly in the first and had a two-run double to the base of the center-field wall in the third. Moustakas scored when Salvador Perez singled on a popup that shortstop Jose Iglesias lost in the sun.

Whit Merrifield led off the first with a double and came home on Moustakas' sacrifice fly. Merrifield stole three bases for the second time in his big league career, the first since last July 2.

Merrifield stole third against the shift and then Soler stole second before Moustakas' third-inning double.

''We had one bad inning out there defensively where our third baseman (Niko Goodrum) walked off with another guy stealing third and the first baseman (John Hicks) forgot to hold the runner on,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''I'll put it on myself. I should have just yelled `timeout.' I should have stopped the game. Guys not familiar with their positions, and that's disappointing that they ran all over us.''

Hicks homered in the fourth and hit a run-scoring single in the eighth off Brad Keller.

NEGRO LEAGUES SALUTE

The Royals wore the uniforms of the Kansas City Monarchs and the Tigers of the Detroit Stars as the clubs saluted the Negro Leagues. The Negro Leagues Museum is in Kansas City.

QUICK GAME

The game time was the shortest at Kaufman Stadium since Aug. 18, 2016 against Minnesota.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: 3B Jaimer Candelario did not play because of a jammed and swollen left thumb, injured in a swing. ... Castellanos, who had three extra-base hits Saturday, did not start because of flu-like symptoms. ... Iglesias is getting treatment for a tender ankle, but was in the lineup. ''We've talked about trying to give him a break, but we didn't have an option today,'' Gardenhire said.

UP NEXT

Tigers: RHP Michael Fulmer (1-2, 2.80) is to start Monday at Texas, which goes with LHP Matt Moore (1-4, 7.67).

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy (0-4, 5.64) is the scheduled starter Tuesday at Baltimore, and RHP Dylan Bundy (1-4, 3.76) starts for the Orioles. Kansas City is 0-14 in games started by Duffy and RHP Jason Hammel.

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  • W: J. Junis (4-2)L: M. Boyd (1-3)S: K. Herrera (7)
  • HR: DET - J. Hicks (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Martin CF50200012.287.346.475.8212.5
J. Iglesias SS31100112.216.252.293.5452.5
a- N. Castellanos PH10000001.311.364.492.8560.0
V. Martinez DH40100015.257.330.376.7070.5
J. Hicks 1B41321011.292.346.563.9098.5
J. Jones LF40000022.239.290.402.692-1.0
N. Goodrum 3B30000110.189.283.321.6040.5
D. Machado 2B40100002.207.256.310.5661.0
G. Greiner C40100001.250.250.250.5001.0
V. Reyes RF40100012.143.143.143.2860.5
  • a-flied out for Iglesias in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B42200010.252.320.374.69410.5
J. Soler RF31200111.308.425.510.9355.5
M. Moustakas 3B31130002.291.326.545.8716.0
S. Perez DH30110010.273.317.436.7531.5
C. Cuthbert 1B30000001.200.287.316.6030.0
L. Duda 1B00000000.239.303.349.6510.0
J. Jay LF30000000.268.345.301.6460.0
A. Almonte CF30000010.214.279.393.672-0.5
A. Escobar SS30100010.220.288.331.6180.5
D. Butera C30000011.175.273.246.518-0.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - L. Martin (7)
    • HR - J. Hicks (3)
    • RBI - J. Hicks 2 (8)
    BATTING
    • 2B - W. Merrifield (7), M. Moustakas (8)
    • SF - M. Moustakas (2)
    • RBI - M. Moustakas 3 (23), S. Perez (7)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Moustakas 2 (7), S. Perez
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - W. Merrifield 3 (7), J. Soler
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Boyd (L, 1-3)7.06441503.001.067.5
    B. Farmer1.01000104.501.882.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Boyd (L, 1-3)7.0
    B. Farmer1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Junis (W, 4-2)7.08221813.180.9924.0
    T. Hill (H, 3)0.10000003.971.240.0
    B. Keller (H, 3)0.21001002.701.28-2.0
    K. Herrera (S, 7)1.01000000.660.669.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Junis (W, 4-2)7.0
    T. Hill (H, 3)0.1
    B. Keller (H, 3)0.2
    K. Herrera (S, 7)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Boyd 102-64, B. Farmer 7-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Boyd 5-10, B. Farmer 1-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Boyd 27, B. Farmer 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 98-67, T. Hill 1-1, B. Keller 15-7, K. Herrera 14-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 4-8, T. Hill 1-0, B. Keller 1-1, K. Herrera 1-2
    • Batters Faced - J. Junis 29, T. Hill, B. Keller 4, K. Herrera 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Martin CF50200012.287.346.475.8212.5
    J. Iglesias SS31100112.216.252.293.5452.5
    a- N. Castellanos PH10000001.311.364.492.8560.0
    V. Martinez DH40100015.257.330.376.7070.5
    J. Hicks 1B41321011.292.346.563.9098.5
    J. Jones LF40000022.239.290.402.692-1.0
    N. Goodrum 3B30000110.189.283.321.6040.5
    D. Machado 2B40100002.207.256.310.5661.0
    G. Greiner C40100001.250.250.250.5001.0
    V. Reyes RF40100012.143.143.143.2860.5
    Total36210212818-----
    • a-flied out for Iglesias in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B42200010.252.320.374.69410.5
    J. Soler RF31200111.308.425.510.9355.5
    M. Moustakas 3B31130002.291.326.545.8716.0
    S. Perez DH30110010.273.317.436.7531.5
    C. Cuthbert 1B30000001.200.287.316.6030.0
    L. Duda 1B00000000.239.303.349.6510.0
    J. Jay LF30000000.268.345.301.6460.0
    A. Almonte CF30000010.214.279.393.672-0.5
    A. Escobar SS30100010.220.288.331.6180.5
    D. Butera C30000011.175.273.246.518-0.5
    Total284740165-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - L. Martin (7)
      • HR - J. Hicks (3)
      • RBI - J. Hicks 2 (8)
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Merrifield (7), M. Moustakas (8)
      • SF - M. Moustakas (2)
      • RBI - M. Moustakas 3 (23), S. Perez (7)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Moustakas 2 (7), S. Perez
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - W. Merrifield 3 (7), J. Soler
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Boyd (L, 1-3)7.06441503.001.067.5
      B. Farmer1.01000104.501.882.5
      Total8.0744160---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Boyd (L, 1-3)7.0
      B. Farmer1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis (W, 4-2)7.08221813.180.9924.0
      T. Hill (H, 3)0.10000003.971.240.0
      B. Keller (H, 3)0.21001002.701.28-2.0
      K. Herrera (S, 7)1.01000000.660.669.0
      Total9.01022281---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis (W, 4-2)7.0
      T. Hill (H, 3)0.1
      B. Keller (H, 3)0.2
      K. Herrera (S, 7)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Boyd 102-64, B. Farmer 7-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Boyd 5-10, B. Farmer 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Boyd 27, B. Farmer 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 98-67, T. Hill 1-1, B. Keller 15-7, K. Herrera 14-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 4-8, T. Hill 1-0, B. Keller 1-1, K. Herrera 1-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 29, T. Hill, B. Keller 4, K. Herrera 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Hicks singled to right, Iglesias scored24
      • 4TH INNING
        Hicks homered to left14
      • 3RD INNING
        Perez singled to shallow left, Moustakas scored04
        Moustakas doubled to deep center, Merrifield and Soler scored03
      • 1ST INNING
        Moustakas hit sacrifice fly to left, Merrifield scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Lucas Duda at first
        • Kelvin Herrera relieved Brad Keller
        • G. Greiner: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Greiner grounded out to shortstop
        • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Reyes singled to shallow right
        • L. Martin: Strike (foul tip), Martin lined out to center
        • Nicholas Castellanos hit for Jose Iglesias
        • N. Castellanos: Foul, Ball, Castellanos flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Iglesias singled to center
        • Tim Hill relieved Jake Junis
        • V. Martinez: Martinez grounded out to third, Iglesias to second
        • Brad Keller relieved Tim Hill
        • J. Hicks: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hicks singled to right, Iglesias scored
        • J. Jones: Ball, Jones flied out to right
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Goodrum walked, Hicks to second
        • D. Machado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Machado grounded into fielder's choice to third, Hicks out at third
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Buck Farmer relieved Matthew Boyd
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Merrifield struck out on foul tip
        • J. Soler: Foul, Soler singled to left
        • M. Moustakas: Moustakas grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Soler out at second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • D. Machado: Ball, Machado singled to shallow center
        • G. Greiner: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Greiner flied out to deep left
        • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Reyes flied out to left
        • L. Martin: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Martin flied out to left
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • A. Almonte: Ball, Almonte grounded out to first
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Escobar struck out on foul tip
        • D. Butera: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Butera struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Hicks singled to right
        • J. Jones: Strike looking, Jones grounded into double play third to second to first, Hicks out at second
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Goodrum grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Cuthbert flied out to right
        • J. Jay: Ball, Ball, Jay grounded out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • G. Greiner: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Greiner grounded out to third
        • V. Reyes: Reyes lined out to left
        • L. Martin: Ball, Ball, Martin doubled to center
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Iglesias walked
        • V. Martinez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield lined out to left
        • J. Soler: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Soler singled to right
        • M. Moustakas: Moustakas grounded into double play shortstop to first, Soler out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • J. Hicks: Hicks homered to left
        • J. Jones: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
        • N. Goodrum: Goodrum flied out to right
        • D. Machado: Ball, Ball, Machado grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • J. Jay: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Jay grounded out to second
        • A. Almonte: Almonte lined out to right
        • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Escobar singled to left
        • D. Butera: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Butera lined out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • G. Greiner: Foul, Greiner singled to left
        • V. Reyes: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Reyes struck out swinging
        • L. Martin: Ball, Foul, Martin singled to left, Greiner to second
        • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Iglesias struck out swinging
        • V. Martinez: Martinez flied out to left
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • A. Escobar: Strike swinging, Ball, Escobar grounded out to third
        • D. Butera: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Butera flied out to center
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Merrifield singled to left
        • J. Soler: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Merrifield stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Soler walked
        • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Merrifield stole third, Soler stole second, Moustakas doubled to deep center, Merrifield and Soler scored
        • S. Perez: Perez singled to shallow left, Moustakas scored
        • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Cuthbert popped out to second
        • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • J. Jones: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Jones struck out looking
        • N. Goodrum: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Goodrum struck out on foul tip
        • D. Machado: Ball, Machado flied out to right
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Cuthbert popped out to second
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Jay flied out to left
        • A. Almonte: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Almonte struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • L. Martin: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Martin struck out looking
        • J. Iglesias: Ball, Iglesias fouled out to first
        • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Martinez singled to center
        • J. Hicks: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield doubled to left
        • J. Soler: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Soler struck out looking
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Merrifield stole third, Ball, Ball, Moustakas hit sacrifice fly to left, Merrifield scored
        • S. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Perez flied out to right
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)