Junis dominates Tigers again as Royals roll, 6-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Jakob Junis had just served up a home run to JaCoby Jones and a base hit to Jeimer Candelario, and the Royals' young right-hander could feel the inning starting to get away from him.

So when he turned around to watch his infield turn a timely double-play on a grounder by Jose Iglesias, Junis wheeled right back around with the kind of fist pump rare for the soft-spoken starter.

''That was a big at-bat,'' Junis said. ''Who knows if I would have gotten a chance to go back out.''

Junis did indeed get to go back out for the ninth, and when he mowed through Detroit's lineup one more time, he had his first career complete game. The six-hitter allowed Kansas City to roll to a 6-2 victory to begin a midweek, two-game set between AL Central rivals Tuesday night.

Not only was it his first big league complete game, it was his first as a professional.

''That's a goal you set out to do,'' said Junis, who improved to 4-0 with a 1.74 ERA in four starts against Detroit this season. ''A great feeling to accomplish that. Hopefully more to come.''

The only runs Junis (7-12) allowed came in the third, when Candelario managed a sacrifice fly, and the eighth, when Jones went deep. Otherwise, the young right-hander worked briskly and efficiently, with seven strikeouts and no walks producing his second win since May 18.

''You have confidence against certain teams. Pitchers get that,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''You have success and that gives you confidence. You ride that.''

Junis' three previous wins against Detroit came in April and May, when he was off to a hot start, but he struggled throughout June and landed on the disabled list with lower back inflammation. But he's been solid in eight starts since his return, cutting down his walks and home runs.

''He wasn't showing it, but he was very frustrated when he was going through that period. He's not a robot,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''Tonight he was pretty much in control the whole way.''

Adalberto Mondesi went deep off Matthew Boyd (8-12) to lead off the third inning, and the Royals wound up batting around. Jorge Bonifacio hit a sacrifice fly, Hunter Dozier added a two-run double and Alcides Escobar wrapped up the big inning with a two-out single that gave Kansas City a 5-1 lead.

That turned out to be plenty with Junis on the mound.

Boyd, who threw six shutout innings against the White Sox his last time out, wound up allowing five runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings. The Tigers' right-hander dropped to 3-7 in 13 career starts against Kansas City, and he's just 8-21 in 41 starts on the road.

''I just got away from my fastball. Hats off to Mondesi, he hit my pitch,'' Boyd said. ''I lost a little feel for the fastball as the inning went on and that's what happened.''

Detroit could have used a gem from him as they opened a nine-game trip. They've lost four straight and five of six, their offense failing to score more than three runs in any of the defeats.

STATS AND STREAKS

Junis had the first nine-inning complete game by the Royals since Jason Vargas on June 2, 2017, against the Indians. ... Royals 1B Hunter Dozier has six RBIs in his last six games. He had four in his previous 35. ... Tigers LF Mikie Mahtook has reached base in 13 straight games.

JONES RETURNS

Jones (right hamstring strain) was back in the lineup for the first time since hitting the DL on Aug. 13. OF Mike Gerber was optioned to Triple-A Toledo on Sunday to create a roster spot for him.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: LHP Daniel Norris (left groin strain) could start Saturday against the Yankees in New York, Gardenhire said. Norris has been sharp in rehab outings at Toledo after compiling a 5.87 ERA in five appearances for Detroit before getting hurt.

Royals: OF Brian Goodwin (left groin strain) will rejoin the club when rosters expand Sept. 1, Yost said. ... OF Jorge Soler (left toe fracture) will finish the season with Triple-A Omaha before he rejoins the Royals. That would mean Soler is expected back Sept. 4.

UP NEXT

Tigers RHP Michael Fulmer tries to build on a solid start in his return from the disabled list, when he threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings against the White Sox last Friday. The Royals counter with LHP Danny Duffy as the teams wrap up their two-game series with a matinee Wednesday.

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KC41-91
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  • W: J. Junis (7-12)L: M. Boyd (8-12)
  • HR: DET - J. Jones (9), KC - A. Mondesi (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Candelario 3B30110010.229.318.404.7221.5
J. Iglesias SS40000002.267.309.388.6980.0
N. Castellanos RF40000010.292.346.491.837-0.5
V. Martinez DH30000000.248.298.337.6351.0
J. Adduci 1B40200001.290.321.421.7423.0
N. Goodrum 2B30000013.227.298.415.713-0.5
M. Mahtook LF31100021.212.287.336.6221.0
J. McCann C30100010.221.269.317.5860.5
J. Jones CF31111012.205.261.367.6285.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B41200010.308.375.441.8162.5
    A. Gordon LF32100101.240.321.348.6706.0
    S. Perez C41200012.235.274.438.7112.5
    J. Bonifacio DH30110021.225.306.344.6501.0
    R. Herrera RF31000102.231.276.307.5832.0
    H. Dozier 1B30220101.219.278.354.6317.0
    A. Escobar 3B30010002.212.263.296.5591.0
    B. Phillips CF40000022.177.248.292.539-1.0
    A. Mondesi SS41211000.259.278.418.6956.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Adduci (6)
      • HR - J. Jones (9)
      • SF - J. Candelario (5)
      • RBI - J. Candelario (46), J. Jones (27)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Iglesias, N. Goodrum, M. Mahtook
      BATTING
      • 2B - H. Dozier 2 (12)
      • HR - A. Mondesi (5)
      • SF - J. Bonifacio, A. Escobar (4)
      • RBI - J. Bonifacio (13), H. Dozier 2 (21), A. Escobar (27), A. Mondesi (16)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Perez, J. Bonifacio, H. Dozier, A. Escobar, B. Phillips 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Gordon (8)
      • CS - A. Mondesi (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Dozier-Mondesi; Escobar-Merrifield-Dozier)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Boyd (L, 8-12)6.07553414.221.140.0
      D. VerHagen1.02110105.211.140.5
      A. Wilson1.01000103.861.132.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Boyd (L, 8-12)6.0
      D. VerHagen1.0
      A. Wilson1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis (W, 7-12)9.06220714.531.2932.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis (W, 7-12)9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. VerHagen (6)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Boyd 97-65, D. VerHagen 19-14, A. Wilson 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Boyd 7-7, D. VerHagen 1-1, A. Wilson 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Boyd 28, D. VerHagen 5, A. Wilson 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Junis (14)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 104-68
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 11-7
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 32
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      DET53-79
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      KC41-91
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Candelario 3B30110010.229.318.404.7221.5
      J. Iglesias SS40000002.267.309.388.6980.0
      N. Castellanos RF40000010.292.346.491.837-0.5
      V. Martinez DH30000000.248.298.337.6351.0
      J. Adduci 1B40200001.290.321.421.7423.0
      N. Goodrum 2B30000013.227.298.415.713-0.5
      M. Mahtook LF31100021.212.287.336.6221.0
      J. McCann C30100010.221.269.317.5860.5
      J. Jones CF31111012.205.261.367.6285.5
      Total302621079-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield 2B41200010.308.375.441.8162.5
        A. Gordon LF32100101.240.321.348.6706.0
        S. Perez C41200012.235.274.438.7112.5
        J. Bonifacio DH30110021.225.306.344.6501.0
        R. Herrera RF31000102.231.276.307.5832.0
        H. Dozier 1B30220101.219.278.354.6317.0
        A. Escobar 3B30010002.212.263.296.5591.0
        B. Phillips CF40000022.177.248.292.539-1.0
        A. Mondesi SS41211000.259.278.418.6956.0
        Total31610513611-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Adduci (6)
          • HR - J. Jones (9)
          • SF - J. Candelario (5)
          • RBI - J. Candelario (46), J. Jones (27)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Iglesias, N. Goodrum, M. Mahtook
          BATTING
          • 2B - H. Dozier 2 (12)
          • HR - A. Mondesi (5)
          • SF - J. Bonifacio, A. Escobar (4)
          • RBI - J. Bonifacio (13), H. Dozier 2 (21), A. Escobar (27), A. Mondesi (16)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Perez, J. Bonifacio, H. Dozier, A. Escobar, B. Phillips 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Gordon (8)
          • CS - A. Mondesi (4)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Dozier-Mondesi; Escobar-Merrifield-Dozier)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Boyd (L, 8-12)6.07553414.221.140.0
          D. VerHagen1.02110105.211.140.5
          A. Wilson1.01000103.861.132.5
          Total8.01066361---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Boyd (L, 8-12)6.0
          D. VerHagen1.0
          A. Wilson1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Junis (W, 7-12)9.06220714.531.2932.5
          Total9.0622071---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Junis (W, 7-12)9.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - D. VerHagen (6)
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Boyd 97-65, D. VerHagen 19-14, A. Wilson 13-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Boyd 7-7, D. VerHagen 1-1, A. Wilson 1-0
          • Batters Faced - M. Boyd 28, D. VerHagen 5, A. Wilson 3
          PITCHING
          • HBP - J. Junis (14)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 104-68
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 11-7
          • Batters Faced - J. Junis 32
          • 8TH INNING
            Jones homered to left center26
          • 7TH INNING
            Gordon scored, Bonifacio to second on wild pitch16
          • 3RD INNING
            Escobar hit sacrifice fly to center, Herrera scored, Dozier to third15
            Dozier doubled to deep right, Gordon and Perez scored, Herrera to third14
            Bonifacio hit sacrifice fly to right, Merrifield scored12
            Mondesi homered to center11
            Candelario hit sacrifice fly to center, Mahtook scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • V. Martinez: Martinez grounded out to third
            • J. Adduci: Ball, Ball, Foul, Adduci fouled out to third
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, McCann grounded out to third
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Jones homered to left center
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Candelario singled to center
            • J. Iglesias: Iglesias grounded into double play third to second to first, Candelario out at second
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Alex Wilson relieved Drew VerHagen
            • A. Escobar: Escobar grounded out to third
            • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Phillips struck out looking
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Mondesi singled to right
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Mondesi picked off at second, pitcher to first to shortstop to pitcher
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • V. Martinez: Martinez grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Adduci: Ball, Ball, Adduci doubled to right
            • N. Goodrum: Goodrum grounded out to first, Adduci to third
            • M. Mahtook: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mahtook struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Drew VerHagen relieved Matthew Boyd
            • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Foul, Gordon singled to center
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon stole second, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • J. Bonifacio: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Bonifacio singled to left, Gordon to third
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Herrera flied out to shallow left
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Gordon scored, Bonifacio to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Foul, Dozier grounded out to third
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
            • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Foul, Iglesias grounded out to third
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Castellanos flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Foul, Phillips flied out to center
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Mondesi flied out to deep right
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield grounded out to second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • M. Mahtook: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Mahtook struck out looking
            • J. McCann: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
            • J. Jones: Jones flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
            • R. Herrera: Herrera grounded out to shortstop
            • H. Dozier: Foul, Dozier doubled to deep left
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar flied out to center
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Castellanos flied out to deep right
            • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Martinez hit by pitch
            • J. Adduci: Strike looking, Adduci reached on fielder's choice to first, Martinez out at second
            • N. Goodrum: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Goodrum struck out looking
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • A. Mondesi: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Mondesi grounded out to shortstop
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield singled to center
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gordon fouled out to third
            • S. Perez: Foul, Foul, Perez grounded out to second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • M. Mahtook: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Mahtook singled to left center
            • J. McCann: Ball, McCann singled to left center, Mahtook to third
            • J. Jones: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Jones struck out looking
            • J. Candelario: Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Candelario hit sacrifice fly to center, Mahtook scored
            • J. Iglesias: Ball, Ball, Iglesias grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mondesi homered to center
            • W. Merrifield: Foul, Merrifield singled to right
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Gordon walked, Merrifield to second
            • S. Perez: Ball, Strike swinging, Perez singled to deep right, Merrifield to third, Gordon to second
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Bonifacio hit sacrifice fly to right, Merrifield scored
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Herrera walked, Gordon to third, Perez to second
            • H. Dozier: Dozier doubled to deep right, Gordon and Perez scored, Herrera to third
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar hit sacrifice fly to center, Herrera scored, Dozier to third
            • B. Phillips: Phillips grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 3rd (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • V. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Martinez grounded out to second
            • J. Adduci: Foul, Ball, Adduci singled to shallow left
            • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Goodrum grounded into double play first to shortstop, Adduci out at second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • R. Herrera: Herrera grounded out to third
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar grounded out to third, Dozier to second
            • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Phillips struck out looking
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Candelario flied out to deep center
            • J. Iglesias: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Iglesias grounded out to shortstop
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Gordon flied out to center
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Perez singled to deep left
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)