Gallagher, Keller leads Royals to series split with Tigers

DETROIT (AP) When the Kansas City Royals acquired Brad Keller during last winter's Rule 5 draft, they committed themselves to keep him on the roster all season.

As it turned out, that hasn't been a problem.

Keller pitched seven strong innings as the Royals held on to beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 on Sunday.

Keller (9-6) allowed one run on three hits, walking three and striking out two. He improved to 5-1 with a 2.25 ERA in his last eight starts.

''The first three or four innings, he was dead-on mechanically and just banging in strike after strike,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''After that, he was still fighting it a bit, but he hung in there and gave us seven more strong innings.''

Keller has only allowed more than two earned runs once since August 7.

''I was attacking them with my fastball, mostly,'' he said. ''They were sitting on my slider a little, so I went after them with the heater.''

The teams split the four-game series that finished Detroit's home season. The Royals won the season series 11-8.

The Tigers finished 38-43 at home, four games better than 2017, but drew 1.86 million fans - the fewest since they had 1.37 million while losing 119 games in 2003.

''We wanted to win this one for our fans,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''We've got 90-some losses, but they were still standing and cheering until the last pitch.''

The Royals led 3-1 in the ninth. Niko Goodrum led off the inning with a bunt single off Wily Peralta. Ronny Rodriguez added a one-out base hit, and Grayson Greiner walked to load the bases.

Victor Reyes hit a sacrifice fly to pull the Tigers within 3-2 before Peralta struck out Jim Adduci to earn his 13th save.

''Wily makes it a tightrope walk, but he's 13-for-13,'' Yost said. ''They got a perfect bunt and a big walk, but he didn't panic. He just kept making pitches.''

Daniel Norris needed 98 pitches to complete five innings, allowing one run on six hits and two walks. He struck out three.

''I didn't have any kind of command, so I was in three-ball counts on almost every hitter,'' he said. ''The only thing I could count on was my slider, so I just kept trying to spin that in there to get out of trouble.''

The Royals took a 1-0 lead in the first on Adalberto Mondesi's 12th home run and could have added to the margin in the third. Kansas City loaded the bases with one out, but Hunter Dozier grounded into an inning-ending double play.

Kansas City stranded two more batters in the fourth but had pushed Norris' pitch count to 84.

''That's the thing with Daniel - he might get into trouble, but he's always going to give everything he's got to get out of it,'' Greiner said. ''We were trying to find pitches that would work.''

Jeimer Candelario led off the fourth with a single - Detroit's first hit - and Christin Stewart moved him to third with a hit-and-run single before Nicholas Castellanos tied the game with a sacrifice fly.

The Royals regained the lead with two runs in the sixth off Drew VerHagen (3-3). With two out, Alcides Escobar and Rosell Herrera singled before Herrera stole second. Cam Gallagher blooped a ball to shallow left, and Stewart couldn't make a sliding catch.

''When (Keller) is dominating like that, you just want to get him some runs,'' Gallagher said. ''I hit that ball pretty weakly, but it got down in front of the outfielders. That's how this works.''

GET IN THERE

Harold Castro made his major league debut, entering as a pinch-runner for Greiner in the ninth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: CF JaCoby Jones missed the game after aggravating a shoulder injury while attempting a diving catch on Saturday.

UP NEXT

Royals: Start a two-game series in Cincinnati on Tuesday. Eric Skoglund (1-5, 5.60 ERA) starts the opener against Matt Harvey (7-9, 4.92).

Tigers: Begin a three-game series in Minnesota on Tuesday, with Spencer Turnbull (0-1, 10.80) taking the mound.

---

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP-Sports

Copyright 2018 by AP. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of AP is strictly prohibited.

123456789RHE
KC54-102
1000020003100
DET63-93
000100001260
  • W: B. Keller (9-6)L: D. VerHagen (3-3)S: W. Peralta (13)
  • HR: KC - A. Mondesi (12)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield CF50100013.304.368.442.8102.5
A. Mondesi SS51211011.287.310.498.8087.5
A. Gordon LF40100000.246.327.370.6961.0
S. Perez DH30100110.233.273.442.7151.5
H. Dozier 1B40000004.227.275.391.6660.0
J. Bonifacio RF30000120.228.311.366.6770.0
A. Escobar 3B41200001.226.275.311.5853.0
R. Herrera 2B41200011.236.290.322.6124.5
C. Gallagher C40120013.211.246.316.5622.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Candelario 3B31100101.226.316.402.7183.0
    C. Stewart DH30100101.240.345.380.7252.0
    N. Castellanos RF30010013.302.357.504.8620.5
    N. Goodrum 1B-SS41100013.241.313.434.7481.5
    M. Mahtook LF40000001.213.284.382.6660.0
    R. Rodriguez 2B40100000.227.264.346.6101.0
    G. Greiner C20100200.239.346.307.6533.0
    H. Castro PR00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    V. Reyes CF30010002.228.245.296.5411.0
    P. Kozma SS20000000.197.222.328.5500.0
    a- J. Adduci PH-1B20100012.266.286.391.6760.5
    • a-singled for Kozma in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Mondesi (13)
    • 3B - W. Merrifield (3)
    • HR - A. Mondesi (12)
    • RBI - A. Mondesi (33), C. Gallagher 2 (7)
    • 2-Out RBI - C. Gallagher 2 (5)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield 3 (3), A. Mondesi, H. Dozier, C. Gallagher
    BATTING
    • SF - N. Castellanos (2), V. Reyes
    • RBI - N. Castellanos (86), V. Reyes (12)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Castellanos, N. Goodrum 2 (2), V. Reyes 2 (2), J. Adduci 2 (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - R. Herrera (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Keller-Mondesi-Dozier)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Candelario-Rodriguez-Goodrum)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Keller (W, 9-6)7.03113203.081.3025.0
    K. McCarthy (H, 15)1.01000003.311.222.0
    W. Peralta (S, 13)1.02111104.021.506.5
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Keller (W, 9-6)7.0
    K. McCarthy (H, 15)1.0
    W. Peralta (S, 13)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Norris5.06112315.221.447.5
    D. VerHagen (L, 3-3)1.03220104.801.14-6.5
    B. Hardy1.00000103.661.163.5
    M. Hall2.010002012.712.476.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Norris5.0
    D. VerHagen (L, 3-3)1.0
    B. Hardy1.0
    M. Hall2.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - B. Keller 2 (8)
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 107-69, K. McCarthy 9-6, W. Peralta 20-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 8-10, K. McCarthy 2-1
    • Batters Faced - B. Keller 26, K. McCarthy 4, W. Peralta 6
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Norris 98-59, D. VerHagen 26-16, B. Hardy 9-7, M. Hall 32-19
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Norris 6-5, D. VerHagen 1-1, M. Hall 4-0
    • Batters Faced - D. Norris 22, D. VerHagen 6, B. Hardy 3, M. Hall 7
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
    123456789RHE
    KC54-102
    1000020003100
    DET63-93
    000100001260
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield CF50100013.304.368.442.8102.5
    A. Mondesi SS51211011.287.310.498.8087.5
    A. Gordon LF40100000.246.327.370.6961.0
    S. Perez DH30100110.233.273.442.7151.5
    H. Dozier 1B40000004.227.275.391.6660.0
    J. Bonifacio RF30000120.228.311.366.6770.0
    A. Escobar 3B41200001.226.275.311.5853.0
    R. Herrera 2B41200011.236.290.322.6124.5
    C. Gallagher C40120013.211.246.316.5622.5
    Total36310312713-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Candelario 3B31100101.226.316.402.7183.0
      C. Stewart DH30100101.240.345.380.7252.0
      N. Castellanos RF30010013.302.357.504.8620.5
      N. Goodrum 1B-SS41100013.241.313.434.7481.5
      M. Mahtook LF40000001.213.284.382.6660.0
      R. Rodriguez 2B40100000.227.264.346.6101.0
      G. Greiner C20100200.239.346.307.6533.0
      H. Castro PR00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      V. Reyes CF30010002.228.245.296.5411.0
      P. Kozma SS20000000.197.222.328.5500.0
      a- J. Adduci PH-1B20100012.266.286.391.6760.5
      Total3026204313-----
      • a-singled for Kozma in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Mondesi (13)
      • 3B - W. Merrifield (3)
      • HR - A. Mondesi (12)
      • RBI - A. Mondesi (33), C. Gallagher 2 (7)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Gallagher 2 (5)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield 3 (3), A. Mondesi, H. Dozier, C. Gallagher
      BATTING
      • SF - N. Castellanos (2), V. Reyes
      • RBI - N. Castellanos (86), V. Reyes (12)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Castellanos, N. Goodrum 2 (2), V. Reyes 2 (2), J. Adduci 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - R. Herrera (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Keller-Mondesi-Dozier)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Candelario-Rodriguez-Goodrum)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Keller (W, 9-6)7.03113203.081.3025.0
      K. McCarthy (H, 15)1.01000003.311.222.0
      W. Peralta (S, 13)1.02111104.021.506.5
      Total9.0622430---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Keller (W, 9-6)7.0
      K. McCarthy (H, 15)1.0
      W. Peralta (S, 13)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Norris5.06112315.221.447.5
      D. VerHagen (L, 3-3)1.03220104.801.14-6.5
      B. Hardy1.00000103.661.163.5
      M. Hall2.010002012.712.476.0
      Total9.01033271---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Norris5.0
      D. VerHagen (L, 3-3)1.0
      B. Hardy1.0
      M. Hall2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - B. Keller 2 (8)
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 107-69, K. McCarthy 9-6, W. Peralta 20-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 8-10, K. McCarthy 2-1
      • Batters Faced - B. Keller 26, K. McCarthy 4, W. Peralta 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Norris 98-59, D. VerHagen 26-16, B. Hardy 9-7, M. Hall 32-19
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Norris 6-5, D. VerHagen 1-1, M. Hall 4-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Norris 22, D. VerHagen 6, B. Hardy 3, M. Hall 7
      • 9TH INNING
        Reyes hit sacrifice fly to center, Goodrum scored32
      • 6TH INNING
        Gallagher singled to shallow left, Escobar and Herrera scored31
      • 4TH INNING
        Castellanos hit sacrifice fly to center, Candelario scored11
      • 1ST INNING
        Mondesi homered to left10
      • 9TH INNING
        • M. Hall Pitching:
        • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Herrera grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Gallagher struck out looking
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Foul, Merrifield tripled to shallow right
        • A. Mondesi: Mondesi grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Wily Peralta relieved Kevin McCarthy
        • N. Goodrum: Goodrum reached on bunt single to pitcher
        • M. Mahtook: Foul, Mahtook flied out to shallow center
        • R. Rodriguez: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Rodriguez singled to right, Goodrum to second
        • G. Greiner: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Greiner walked, Goodrum to third, Rodriguez to second
        • Harold Castro ran for Grayson Greiner
        • V. Reyes: Ball, Strike swinging, Reyes hit sacrifice fly to center, Goodrum scored
        • J. Adduci: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Adduci struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Matt Hall relieved Blaine Hardy
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier grounded out to second
        • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Kevin McCarthy relieved Brad Keller
        • Jim Adduci hit for Pete Kozma
        • J. Adduci: Adduci singled to center
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Candelario lined out to center
        • C. Stewart: Stewart reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Adduci out at second
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Castellanos grounded into fielder's choice to third, Stewart out at second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Blaine Hardy relieved Drew VerHagen
        • A. Mondesi: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Mondesi struck out looking
        • A. Gordon: Foul, Gordon flied out to left
        • S. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Perez lined out to left
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • M. Mahtook: Ball, Mahtook fouled out to first
        • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rodriguez lined out to center
        • G. Greiner: Strike looking, Greiner singled to shallow left
        • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Reyes lined out to left
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Drew VerHagen relieved Daniel Norris
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dozier grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar singled to shallow left
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Foul, Herrera singled to left, Escobar to third
        • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Herrera stole second, Gallagher singled to shallow left, Escobar and Herrera scored
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield flied out to right
        • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • P. Kozma: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Kozma grounded out to second
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Candelario walked
        • C. Stewart: Ball, Candelario to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Stewart walked
        • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Ball, Candelario to third, Stewart to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
        • N. Goodrum: Goodrum popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • D. Norris Pitching:
        • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mondesi grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Gordon: Foul, Ball, Gordon grounded out to second
        • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Mahtook grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Ball, Rodriguez flied out to center
        • G. Greiner: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Greiner walked
        • V. Reyes: Reyes lined out to center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • D. Norris Pitching:
        • J. Bonifacio: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Bonifacio grounded out to third
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar singled to right
        • R. Herrera: Pickoff attempt, Herrera singled to shallow left, Escobar to second
        • C. Gallagher: Ball, Ball, Gallagher flied out to deep left
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Merrifield grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Candelario reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • C. Stewart: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Stewart singled to center, Candelario to third
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Foul, Castellanos hit sacrifice fly to center, Candelario scored
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Ball, Goodrum grounded out to shortstop, Stewart out at second
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • D. Norris Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield fouled out to catcher
        • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Mondesi doubled to right
        • A. Gordon: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gordon singled to shallow left, Mondesi to third
        • S. Perez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt to second, Ball, Ball, Perez walked, Gordon to second
        • H. Dozier: Dozier grounded out to second, Perez out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • G. Greiner: Strike looking, Greiner popped out to shortstop
        • V. Reyes: Strike looking, Reyes grounded out to second
        • P. Kozma: Strike looking, Kozma lined out to right
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • D. Norris Pitching:
        • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bonifacio walked
        • A. Escobar: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Escobar grounded out to second, Bonifacio to second
        • R. Herrera: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
        • C. Gallagher: Gallagher flied out to center
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
        • M. Mahtook: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Mahtook grounded out to third
        • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Rodriguez grounded out to third
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • D. Norris Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
        • A. Mondesi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Mondesi homered to left
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gordon popped out to second
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Perez singled to center
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier lined out to left
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Candelario grounded out to pitcher
        • C. Stewart: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Stewart grounded out to second
        • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Castellanos fouled out to right
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)