Royals beat Tigers 4-3, stop 5-game slide

DETROIT (AP) This time, the Kansas City Royals had enough hitting and pitching.

Ian Kennedy pitched three-run ball into the eighth inning, and the Royals stopped a five-game slide by holding off the Detroit Tigers for a 4-3 win on Friday night.

Alex Gordon had three hits for the Royals, who hit four homers in 11-8 loss in the series opener. Rosell Herrera had two hits and drove in a run.

''We made a couple mistakes on 0-2 pitches, and they cost us runs,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''Other than that, our pitching was fantastic.''

The sloppy Tigers committed three errors while losing for the eighth time in 11 games.

''We just played terrible baseball,'' manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''We made errors and we made bad decisions.''

Kennedy (3-8) won his second straight start, permitting two earned runs and seven hits in seven-plus innings. He struck out six and walked none.

''I've been executing in the last three games - that's literally the only thing that has changed,'' Kennedy said. ''I'm throwing good pitches, and in meaningful spots, I'm throwing strikes.''

Wily Peralta worked a shaky ninth for his 12th save. Ronny Rodriguez led off with an infield single, but James McCann bunted into a 1-6 forceout at second.

''Wily's more athletic than he looks,'' Yost said. ''He bounded off the mound and made a great throw to second.''

Jeimer Candelario then drew a pinch-hit walk before Peralta struck out Dawel Lugo and Jim Adduci.

Detroit left-hander Francisco Liriano (5-11) was charged with four runs, one earned, and six hits in six innings. He has a 1.88 ERA in his last four starts.

Kansas City jumped in front on Detroit's first defensive mistake. With one out in the first, Adalberto Mondesi singled and took off on a 1-1 pitch to Gordon.

Gordon looped a single to shallow left, and Mondesi took a big turn at third and kept going when rookie Christin Stewart lobbed the ball into second.

''I kept my head up on the play, and I'm always looking to make a play,'' Mondesi said. ''When I saw he was going to make the short throw, I went hard.''

Stewart, a hitting prospect not known for solid defense, was making his 12th major league appearance.

''That will be a learning experience for the kid,'' Gardenhire said. ''He's got to be quicker getting to the ball, and he's got to get rid of it. If he makes a faster play and hits the cut-off man, everything is fine.''

Gordon added an RBI single in the third, and the Royals scored two more runs in the fourth, aided by errors by first baseman Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Stewart.

''We're going to be working on defense a lot in spring training,'' Gardenhire said. ''We'll have our whole group together and we're going to improve some of these things.''

Rodriguez homered in the fifth for the Tigers, and Nicholas Castellanos doubled home a run in the sixth.

Kennedy left after Pete Kozma reached on an error, and Castellanos made it 4-3 with a two-out double off Kevin McCarthy. Victor Martinez, playing in his next-to-last major league game, grounded out to first to end the inning.

Martinez received an ovation before the at-bat.

''I wish I could have gotten a hit there for the fans,'' he said. ''They are like a family to me. Families fight, and there have been some times when they let us know we weren't playing well, but they are always here for us.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: With INFs Niko Goodrum (quad) and Candelario (back) still bothered by injuries, Harold Castro was promoted from Triple-A Toledo. Castro hadn't arrived by game time, and the Tigers ended up with Saltalamacchia playing first base for the first time since 2016.

ETIQUETTE QUESTION

In the eighth inning, McCarthy rode in on the Comerica Park bullpen cart and didn't know what to do at the end of the ride.

''I had never done that before, so I wasn't sure if I should tip the driver,'' he said.

ONE MORE GAME FOR MARTINEZ

Martinez announced before Friday's game he will finish his 16-season career on Saturday against the Royals. Martinez will sit out Sunday's series finale and accompany the team on its final road trip without playing.

''I feel like I owe it to the fans to have my final at-bats here,'' said Martinez, who will be honored in a pregame ceremony.

UP NEXT

The teams play the third game of their series on Saturday night, with Detroit's Jordan Zimmermann (7-8, 4.41 ERA) facing Jakob Junis (8-12, 4.42 ERA).

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KC53-101
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DET62-92
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  • W: I. Kennedy (3-8)L: F. Liriano (5-11)S: W. Peralta (12)
  • HR: DET - R. Rodriguez (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield CF51100010.302.365.434.7993.5
A. Mondesi SS51100001.288.313.490.8031.0
A. Gordon LF40310010.246.328.365.6933.5
S. Perez DH30100112.232.272.438.7101.5
H. Dozier 1B40000004.233.281.400.6810.0
J. Bonifacio RF30000112.231.312.371.6830.5
A. Escobar 3B41100001.224.273.309.5822.0
R. Herrera 2B41210001.232.287.319.6067.0
C. Gallagher C30010011.208.246.321.5660.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Jones CF41100012.213.268.379.6461.5
    C. Stewart LF40000022.233.340.395.735-1.0
    N. Castellanos RF40220000.300.357.503.8616.0
    V. Martinez DH40100012.249.296.352.6480.5
    R. Rodriguez 3B41211002.223.262.346.6087.0
    J. McCann C40100001.216.263.311.5741.0
    V. Reyes PR00000000.232.250.300.5500.0
    J. Saltalamacchia 1B30000021.000.167.000.167-1.0
    a- J. Candelario PH00000100.228.317.407.7241.0
    D. Lugo 2B40100022.197.238.250.4880.0
    P. Kozma SS31100002.196.211.304.5142.0
    b- J. Adduci PH10000012.263.283.389.672-0.5
    • a-walked for Saltalamacchia in the 9th
    • b-struck out for Kozma in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Herrera (14)
    • 3B - R. Herrera (3)
    • SF - C. Gallagher
    • RBI - A. Gordon (50), R. Herrera (20), C. Gallagher (5)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Perez, H. Dozier 2 (2), J. Bonifacio 2 (2), R. Herrera, C. Gallagher
    BATTING
    • 2B - N. Castellanos 2 (44)
    • HR - R. Rodriguez (5)
    • RBI - N. Castellanos 2 (85), R. Rodriguez (20)
    • 2-Out RBI - N. Castellanos (41)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Jones, V. Martinez, R. Rodriguez, J. Adduci 2 (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - W. Merrifield (38)
    • CS - A. Mondesi (7)
    • Picked Off - J. Bonifacio
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Mondesi-Herrera-Dozier; Escobar-Dozier)
    • E - A. Mondesi (7)
    FIELDING
    • E - D. Lugo (3), J. Saltalamacchia, C. Stewart (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    I. Kennedy (W, 3-8)7.07320614.591.3925.0
    K. McCarthy (H, 14)1.01000103.361.222.5
    W. Peralta (S, 12)1.01001203.861.459.0
    PITCHERSIP
    I. Kennedy (W, 3-8)7.0
    K. McCarthy (H, 14)1.0
    W. Peralta (S, 12)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    F. Liriano (L, 5-11)6.06412404.401.499.0
    L. Coleman1.01000003.441.312.0
    S. Baez1.01000103.461.082.5
    D. Stumpf1.01000004.911.582.0
    PITCHERSIP
    F. Liriano (L, 5-11)6.0
    L. Coleman1.0
    S. Baez1.0
    D. Stumpf1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 93-67, K. McCarthy 16-12, W. Peralta 18-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 8-6, K. McCarthy 1-1, W. Peralta 1-0
    • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 27, K. McCarthy 4, W. Peralta 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - F. Liriano 99-58, L. Coleman 9-6, S. Baez 17-12, D. Stumpf 9-3
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Liriano 10-5, L. Coleman 1-2, S. Baez 1-1
    • Batters Faced - F. Liriano 27, L. Coleman 4, S. Baez 4, D. Stumpf 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    KC53-101
    101200000491
    DET62-92
    000011010393
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield CF51100010.302.365.434.7993.5
    A. Mondesi SS51100001.288.313.490.8031.0
    A. Gordon LF40310010.246.328.365.6933.5
    S. Perez DH30100112.232.272.438.7101.5
    H. Dozier 1B40000004.233.281.400.6810.0
    J. Bonifacio RF30000112.231.312.371.6830.5
    A. Escobar 3B41100001.224.273.309.5822.0
    R. Herrera 2B41210001.232.287.319.6067.0
    C. Gallagher C30010011.208.246.321.5660.5
    Total3549302512-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Jones CF41100012.213.268.379.6461.5
      C. Stewart LF40000022.233.340.395.735-1.0
      N. Castellanos RF40220000.300.357.503.8616.0
      V. Martinez DH40100012.249.296.352.6480.5
      R. Rodriguez 3B41211002.223.262.346.6087.0
      J. McCann C40100001.216.263.311.5741.0
      V. Reyes PR00000000.232.250.300.5500.0
      J. Saltalamacchia 1B30000021.000.167.000.167-1.0
      a- J. Candelario PH00000100.228.317.407.7241.0
      D. Lugo 2B40100022.197.238.250.4880.0
      P. Kozma SS31100002.196.211.304.5142.0
      b- J. Adduci PH10000012.263.283.389.672-0.5
      Total3539311916-----
      • a-walked for Saltalamacchia in the 9th
      • b-struck out for Kozma in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Herrera (14)
      • 3B - R. Herrera (3)
      • SF - C. Gallagher
      • RBI - A. Gordon (50), R. Herrera (20), C. Gallagher (5)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Perez, H. Dozier 2 (2), J. Bonifacio 2 (2), R. Herrera, C. Gallagher
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Castellanos 2 (44)
      • HR - R. Rodriguez (5)
      • RBI - N. Castellanos 2 (85), R. Rodriguez (20)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Castellanos (41)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Jones, V. Martinez, R. Rodriguez, J. Adduci 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - W. Merrifield (38)
      • CS - A. Mondesi (7)
      • Picked Off - J. Bonifacio
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Mondesi-Herrera-Dozier; Escobar-Dozier)
      • E - A. Mondesi (7)
      FIELDING
      • E - D. Lugo (3), J. Saltalamacchia, C. Stewart (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      I. Kennedy (W, 3-8)7.07320614.591.3925.0
      K. McCarthy (H, 14)1.01000103.361.222.5
      W. Peralta (S, 12)1.01001203.861.459.0
      Total9.0932191---
      PITCHERSIP
      I. Kennedy (W, 3-8)7.0
      K. McCarthy (H, 14)1.0
      W. Peralta (S, 12)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Liriano (L, 5-11)6.06412404.401.499.0
      L. Coleman1.01000003.441.312.0
      S. Baez1.01000103.461.082.5
      D. Stumpf1.01000004.911.582.0
      Total9.0941250---
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Liriano (L, 5-11)6.0
      L. Coleman1.0
      S. Baez1.0
      D. Stumpf1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 93-67, K. McCarthy 16-12, W. Peralta 18-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 8-6, K. McCarthy 1-1, W. Peralta 1-0
      • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 27, K. McCarthy 4, W. Peralta 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Liriano 99-58, L. Coleman 9-6, S. Baez 17-12, D. Stumpf 9-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Liriano 10-5, L. Coleman 1-2, S. Baez 1-1
      • Batters Faced - F. Liriano 27, L. Coleman 4, S. Baez 4, D. Stumpf 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Castellanos doubled to deep center, Kozma scored43
      • 6TH INNING
        Castellanos doubled to left, Jones scored42
      • 5TH INNING
        Rodriguez homered to left center41
      • 4TH INNING
        Gallagher hit sacrifice fly to center, Herrera scored40
        Herrera doubled to left, Escobar scored, Herrera to third on left fielder Stewart fielding error30
      • 3RD INNING
        Gordon singled to left, Merrifield scored20
      • 1ST INNING
        Gordon singled to left center, Mondesi scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Daniel Stumpf relieved Sandy Baez
        • C. Gallagher: Gallagher flied out to shallow right
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Merrifield fouled out to first
        • A. Mondesi: Ball, Mondesi singled to center
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Mondesi caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Wily Peralta relieved Kevin McCarthy
        • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Foul, Rodriguez reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • J. McCann: McCann reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Rodriguez out at second
        • Jeimer Candelario hit for Jarrod Saltalamacchia
        • Victor Reyes ran for James McCann
        • J. Candelario: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Candelario walked, Reyes to second
        • D. Lugo: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Lugo struck out swinging
        • Jim Adduci hit for Pete Kozma
        • J. Adduci: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Adduci struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Sandy Baez relieved Louis Coleman
        • H. Dozier: Strike swinging, Dozier grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bonifacio struck out looking
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Escobar singled to left
        • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Herrera flied out to center
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • P. Kozma: Strike looking, Kozma safe at first on shortstop Mondesi throwing error
        • Kevin McCarthy relieved Ian Kennedy
        • J. Jones: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Jones lined out to right
        • C. Stewart: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Stewart struck out swinging
        • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castellanos doubled to deep center, Kozma scored
        • V. Martinez: Strike swinging, Martinez grounded out to first
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Louis Coleman relieved Francisco Liriano
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike looking, Merrifield grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Mondesi: Mondesi lined out to left
        • A. Gordon: Gordon singled to center
        • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Perez fouled out to first
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • J. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, McCann flied out to deep center
        • J. Saltalamacchia: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Saltalamacchia struck out swinging
        • D. Lugo: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Lugo struck out looking
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bonifacio flied out to right
        • A. Escobar: Strike swinging, Foul, Escobar flied out to shallow center
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Herrera tripled to deep right center
        • C. Gallagher: Ball, Gallagher grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • J. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Jones singled to center
        • C. Stewart: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Stewart flied out to deep left
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Foul, Castellanos doubled to left, Jones scored
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Martinez flied out to center
        • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rodriguez flied out to right
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • A. Mondesi: Ball, Mondesi lined out to right
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
        • S. Perez: Ball, Perez singled to left
        • H. Dozier: Dozier grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Perez out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Rodriguez homered to left center
        • J. McCann: McCann singled to center
        • J. Saltalamacchia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Saltalamacchia struck out swinging
        • D. Lugo: Ball, Lugo singled to right center, McCann to second
        • P. Kozma: Strike looking, Kozma grounded out to third, McCann out at third
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bonifacio walked
        • A. Escobar: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Escobar safe at first on 1st baseman Saltalamacchia fielding error, Bonifacio to third
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bonifacio picked off at third, catcher to third, Herrera doubled to left, Escobar scored, Herrera to third on left fielder Stewart fielding error
        • C. Gallagher: Ball, Ball, Gallagher hit sacrifice fly to center, Herrera scored
        • W. Merrifield: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Merrifield grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Stewart grounded out to second
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Castellanos flied out to deep center
        • V. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Merrifield reached on bunt single to pitcher
        • A. Mondesi: Ball, Ball, Merrifield stole second, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Mondesi grounded out to third
        • A. Gordon: Gordon singled to left, Merrifield scored
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Dozier grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • J. Saltalamacchia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Saltalamacchia grounded out to second
        • D. Lugo: Ball, Strike looking, Lugo grounded out to pitcher
        • P. Kozma: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Kozma singled to right
        • J. Jones: Foul, Strike looking, Jones grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • A. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Foul, Escobar grounded out to first
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Herrera lined out to right
        • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallagher struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • V. Martinez: Martinez singled to right
        • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Rodriguez grounded out to second, Martinez out at second
        • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, McCann flied out to right
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • F. Liriano Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
        • A. Mondesi: Mondesi safe at first on 2nd baseman Lugo fielding error
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Gordon singled to left center, Mondesi scored
        • S. Perez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Perez walked, Gordon to second
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Dozier grounded out to first, Gordon to third, Perez to second
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Ball, Bonifacio grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • J. Jones: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Jones struck out looking
        • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Stewart struck out swinging
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Castellanos grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)