Stewart's grand slam lifts Tigers over Royals 7-4

DETROIT (AP) This was the type of win that Detroit fans can be encouraged by - not only did the Tigers rally in the late innings, but one of their top young players delivered the key home run.

Christin Stewart hit a two-out grand slam in the seventh inning, lifting Detroit to a 7-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday. The Tigers trailed 4-2 in the seventh but rallied against Kansas City's struggling bullpen.

Kevin McCarthy (0-1) allowed three hits and a hit batter. The only out on his watch came with the score 4-3, when Alex Gordon threw Josh Harrison out at the plate. Detroit eventually loaded the bases with two out, and Stewart hit a drive down the line in right field off Wily Peralta.

''I love the kid. I said he can hit. I said he's going to be a power hitter,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''He's going to have his ups and downs. He's going to chase. He's going to have some bad at-bats, but it's a growing experience for him.''

Stewart is hitting just .143, but this was the second home run of the season for Detroit's rookie outfielder. His other one was also big - a 10th-inning shot at Toronto that provided all the scoring in a 2-0 victory in the season opener.

''Won both games, that's the biggest thing,'' Stewart said. ''I'm just thankful I was able to be a part to help us.''

After the game, Stewart got the grand slam ball back, giving a fan a signed bat in exchange.

Whit Merrifield, Jorge Soler and Hunter Dozier all homered for the Royals, but Kansas City's bullpen - which entered the game with a 7.45 ERA - couldn't hold on.

Shane Greene pitched a perfect ninth and now has saves in all six Detroit victories this season - without blowing any. The Tigers have won four straight, and the Royals have dropped five in a row.

''If I get frustrated, then the players see that I'm frustrated, then all of a sudden they start pressing more because they don't want this, they don't like this,'' Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. ''So my job is not to get frustrated, my job is to continue to support and continue to lead these guys through this period. They're going to get through it.''

Tigers starter Matt Moore retired the first eight hitters he faced, but he left the game after three innings with a right knee injury. The team announced it as a sprain, although Gardenhire described it afterward as a strain. Detroit announced it would put Moore on the 10-day injured list. Daniel Norris, who pitched three innings in relief of Moore, is joining the rotation in his place.

Detroit led 2-0 in the sixth when Merrifield hit a solo shot, extending his hitting streak to 27 games. Kansas City then tied it in the seventh on a home run by Soler, and Dozier hit a two-run homer off Victor Alcantara (2-0) later that inning.

Nicholas Castellanos hit an RBI single in the seventh for the Tigers, and Miguel Cabrera followed with a single that could have loaded the bases with nobody out. Instead, third-base coach Dave Clark sent Harrison, who was thrown out at home. One out later, Jeimer Candelario drew a walk that loaded the bases for Stewart.

Merrifield's hitting streak, which dates to last season, is now tied for the second-longest in Royals' history. Jose Offerman had a 27-game streak in 1998, and George Brett had a 30-game run in 1980.

Royals first baseman Frank Schwindel, whose error in the second gave Detroit the game's first run, singled in the seventh for his first career hit.

Cabrera hit an RBI single in the fifth that put the Tigers up 2-0.

STARTERS

Moore's three scoreless innings lowered the ERA for Detroit's starters to 2.12. The only baserunner he allowed came on the play when he got hurt. He went to the ground to field Billy Hamilton's bunt to the right of the mound. Hamilton ended up with an infield single and went to second on Moore's throwing error. Moore finished the inning, then left the game.

Kansas City starter Jorge Lopez allowed one earned run in six innings.

''I feel good since first inning,'' Lopez said. ''The plan was to be down, looking for soft contact.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: OF JaCoby Jones (left shoulder) and RHP Drew VerHagen (right shoulder) started rehab assignments with Class A Lakeland on Friday night. Jones went 1 for 4 but struck out three times, which left Gardenhire a bit bemused. ''Says, `When am I getting out of this place?' You're in A ball, just struck out three times,'' Gardenhire said with a smile. ''When you get a couple hits, not strike out three times in A ball - that would be my answer.''

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Brad Keller (1-0) takes the mound in the series finale Sunday. Because of off days, he'll be able to start for the third time in Kansas City's first eight games.

Tigers: RHP Tyson Ross (0-1) makes his first home start for Detroit after signing in the offseason.

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DET6-3
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  • W: V. Alcantara (2-0)L: K. McCarthy (0-1)S: S. Greene (6)
  • HR: KC - W. Merrifield (1), J. Soler (1), H. Dozier (1), DET - C. Stewart (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield RF41111002.267.313.467.7796.0
A. Mondesi SS40000000.300.300.667.9670.0
A. Gordon LF30100100.300.484.6001.0842.0
J. Soler DH41111022.296.345.556.9005.0
F. Schwindel 1B30100011.125.125.125.2500.5
T. Gore PR01000000.000.000.000.0003.0
L. Duda 1B10000011.111.111.111.222-0.5
C. Owings 2B40000031.077.143.154.297-1.5
H. Dozier 3B41121000.118.200.294.4947.0
M. Maldonado C20000100.240.269.280.5491.0
a- R. O'Hearn PH10000010.316.350.526.876-0.5
B. Hamilton CF30100001.200.231.200.4311.0
  • a-struck out for Maldonado in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Harrison 2B40000004.129.250.129.3791.0
N. Castellanos RF52310000.294.400.441.8418.0
M. Cabrera 1B41310100.226.368.226.5946.0
G. Beckham PR-1B00000000.167.286.667.9520.0
N. Goodrum DH51100017.296.441.519.9601.5
J. Candelario 3B31000103.222.263.306.5692.0
C. Stewart LF31241100.143.257.429.68612.0
M. Mahtook CF30000102.000.095.000.0951.0
G. Greiner C30000112.111.172.148.3210.5
J. Mercer SS31100113.148.258.185.4432.5
    BATTING
    • HR - W. Merrifield, J. Soler, H. Dozier
    • RBI - W. Merrifield (4), J. Soler (7), H. Dozier 2 (3)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield 2 (2), F. Schwindel, L. Duda
    BATTING
    • 2B - N. Castellanos 2 (3), C. Stewart (2)
    • HR - C. Stewart (2)
    • RBI - N. Castellanos (2), M. Cabrera (2), C. Stewart 4 (8)
    • 2-Out RBI - C. Stewart 4 (4)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Harrison 3 (3), N. Goodrum 3 (3), J. Candelario 2 (2), J. Mercer
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - T. Gore
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - A. Gordon
    • DP - (Mondesi-Owings-Schwindel)
    • E - F. Schwindel
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Lopez6.05213304.091.3613.5
    K. McCarthy (L, 0-1) (H, 2)0.133300013.503.00-11.0
    W. Peralta (BS, 1)0.212210115.002.33-4.0
    K. Zimmer1.01002009.003.500.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Lopez6.0
    K. McCarthy (L, 0-1) (H, 2)0.1
    W. Peralta (BS, 1)0.2
    K. Zimmer1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Moore3.01000300.000.409.5
    D. Norris3.03331225.061.503.0
    V. Alcantara (W, 2-0)1.01111113.381.137.5
    J. Jimenez (H, 2)1.01000105.401.202.5
    S. Greene (S, 6)1.00000100.000.3310.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Moore3.0
    D. Norris3.0
    V. Alcantara (W, 2-0)1.0
    J. Jimenez (H, 2)1.0
    S. Greene (S, 6)1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - K. McCarthy
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lopez 97-58, K. McCarthy 10-7, W. Peralta 20-10, K. Zimmer 19-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lopez 8-7, K. Zimmer 1-2
    • Batters Faced - J. Lopez 26, K. McCarthy 4, W. Peralta 4, K. Zimmer 6
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Moore 33-24, D. Norris 50-28, V. Alcantara 17-11, J. Jimenez 17-13, S. Greene 11-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Moore 4-2, D. Norris 3-4, V. Alcantara 1-1, S. Greene 1-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Moore 10, D. Norris 13, V. Alcantara 5, J. Jimenez 4, S. Greene 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    KC2-5
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield RF41111002.267.313.467.7796.0
    A. Mondesi SS40000000.300.300.667.9670.0
    A. Gordon LF30100100.300.484.6001.0842.0
    J. Soler DH41111022.296.345.556.9005.0
    F. Schwindel 1B30100011.125.125.125.2500.5
    T. Gore PR01000000.000.000.000.0003.0
    L. Duda 1B10000011.111.111.111.222-0.5
    C. Owings 2B40000031.077.143.154.297-1.5
    H. Dozier 3B41121000.118.200.294.4947.0
    M. Maldonado C20000100.240.269.280.5491.0
    a- R. O'Hearn PH10000010.316.350.526.876-0.5
    B. Hamilton CF30100001.200.231.200.4311.0
    Total334643288-----
    • a-struck out for Maldonado in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Harrison 2B40000004.129.250.129.3791.0
    N. Castellanos RF52310000.294.400.441.8418.0
    M. Cabrera 1B41310100.226.368.226.5946.0
    G. Beckham PR-1B00000000.167.286.667.9520.0
    N. Goodrum DH51100017.296.441.519.9601.5
    J. Candelario 3B31000103.222.263.306.5692.0
    C. Stewart LF31241100.143.257.429.68612.0
    M. Mahtook CF30000102.000.095.000.0951.0
    G. Greiner C30000112.111.172.148.3210.5
    J. Mercer SS31100113.148.258.185.4432.5
    Total33710616321-----
      BATTING
      • HR - W. Merrifield, J. Soler, H. Dozier
      • RBI - W. Merrifield (4), J. Soler (7), H. Dozier 2 (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield 2 (2), F. Schwindel, L. Duda
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Castellanos 2 (3), C. Stewart (2)
      • HR - C. Stewart (2)
      • RBI - N. Castellanos (2), M. Cabrera (2), C. Stewart 4 (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Stewart 4 (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Harrison 3 (3), N. Goodrum 3 (3), J. Candelario 2 (2), J. Mercer
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Gore
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - A. Gordon
      • DP - (Mondesi-Owings-Schwindel)
      • E - F. Schwindel
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Lopez6.05213304.091.3613.5
      K. McCarthy (L, 0-1) (H, 2)0.133300013.503.00-11.0
      W. Peralta (BS, 1)0.212210115.002.33-4.0
      K. Zimmer1.01002009.003.500.0
      Total8.01076631---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Lopez6.0
      K. McCarthy (L, 0-1) (H, 2)0.1
      W. Peralta (BS, 1)0.2
      K. Zimmer1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Moore3.01000300.000.409.5
      D. Norris3.03331225.061.503.0
      V. Alcantara (W, 2-0)1.01111113.381.137.5
      J. Jimenez (H, 2)1.01000105.401.202.5
      S. Greene (S, 6)1.00000100.000.3310.5
      Total9.0644283---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Moore3.0
      D. Norris3.0
      V. Alcantara (W, 2-0)1.0
      J. Jimenez (H, 2)1.0
      S. Greene (S, 6)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - K. McCarthy
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lopez 97-58, K. McCarthy 10-7, W. Peralta 20-10, K. Zimmer 19-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lopez 8-7, K. Zimmer 1-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Lopez 26, K. McCarthy 4, W. Peralta 4, K. Zimmer 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Moore 33-24, D. Norris 50-28, V. Alcantara 17-11, J. Jimenez 17-13, S. Greene 11-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Moore 4-2, D. Norris 3-4, V. Alcantara 1-1, S. Greene 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Moore 10, D. Norris 13, V. Alcantara 5, J. Jimenez 4, S. Greene 3
      • 7TH INNING
        Stewart homered to right, Castellanos, Cabrera and Candelario scored47
        Castellanos singled to center, Mercer scored, Harrison to second43
        Dozier homered to left, Gore scored42
        Soler homered to left22
      • 6TH INNING
        Merrifield homered to left center12
      • 5TH INNING
        Cabrera singled to left center, Castellanos scored02
      • 2ND INNING
        Mercer safe at first on 1st baseman Schwindel fielding error, Goodrum scored, Stewart to third, Greiner to second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Shane Greene relieved Joe Jimenez
        • C. Owings: Owings grounded out to shortstop
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dozier lined out to center
        • Ryan O'Hearn hit for Martin Maldonado
        • R. O'Hearn: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, O'Hearn struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Joe Jimenez relieved Victor Alcantara
        • A. Mondesi: Mondesi lined out to left
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gordon singled to right center
        • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Soler popped out to third
        • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Kyle Zimmer relieved Wily Peralta
        • G. Greiner: Strike looking, Greiner lined out to right
        • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mercer walked
        • J. Harrison: Harrison lined out to right
        • N. Castellanos: Castellanos doubled to deep left, Mercer to third
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked
        • Gordon Beckham ran for Miguel Cabrera
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Goodrum grounded out to third
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • D. Norris Pitching:
        • J. Soler: Soler homered to left
        • F. Schwindel: Ball, Schwindel reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • Victor Alcantara relieved Daniel Norris
        • Terrance Gore ran for Frank Schwindel
        • C. Owings: Strike swinging, Gore stole second, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Owings struck out swinging
        • H. Dozier: Dozier homered to left, Gore scored
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Maldonado walked
        • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Ball, Hamilton grounded out to first, Maldonado to second
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Merrifield flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 7th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Kevin McCarthy relieved Jorge Lopez
        • Lucas Duda at first base
        • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Mercer singled to shallow right
        • J. Harrison: Foul, Ball, Harrison hit by pitch, Mercer to second
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Castellanos singled to center, Mercer scored, Harrison to second
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera singled to left, Harrison out at home, Castellanos to second
        • Wily Peralta relieved Kevin McCarthy
        • N. Goodrum: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Goodrum flied out to center, Castellanos to third
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Candelario walked, Cabrera to second
        • C. Stewart: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Stewart homered to right, Castellanos, Cabrera and Candelario scored
        • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Ball, Mahtook flied out to deep center
        • End of the 7th (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • D. Norris Pitching:
        • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Hamilton grounded out to third
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Merrifield homered to left center
        • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Mondesi flied out to right
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gordon flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lopez Pitching:
        • C. Stewart: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Stewart grounded out to first
        • M. Mahtook: Foul, Mahtook flied out to right
        • G. Greiner: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Greiner struck out looking
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • D. Norris Pitching:
        • C. Owings: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Owings struck out swinging
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Dozier flied out to deep center
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Ball, Maldonado grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lopez Pitching:
        • J. Harrison: Ball, Foul, Harrison popped out to second
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Castellanos doubled to left center
        • M. Cabrera: Cabrera singled to left center, Castellanos scored
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Goodrum flied out to deep center
        • J. Candelario: Strike swinging, Ball, Candelario lined out to second
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • Daniel Norris relieved Matt Moore
        • A. Mondesi: Ball, Mondesi grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gordon walked
        • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Soler struck out on foul tip
        • F. Schwindel: Schwindel lined out to left
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lopez Pitching:
        • C. Stewart: Stewart doubled to left
        • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mahtook walked
        • G. Greiner: Ball, Foul, Foul, Greiner grounded out to second, Stewart to third, Mahtook out at second
        • J. Mercer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Moore Pitching:
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Dozier flied out to deep center
        • M. Maldonado: Maldonado grounded out to third
        • B. Hamilton: Foul, Hamilton reached on an infield single to pitcher, Hamilton to second on Moore throwing error
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • J. Lopez Pitching:
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Castellanos grounded out to third
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera singled to left center
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Goodrum struck out looking
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Candelario grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Moore Pitching:
        • J. Soler: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
        • F. Schwindel: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Schwindel struck out swinging
        • C. Owings: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Owings struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lopez Pitching:
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Goodrum singled to deep right
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Candelario flied out to left
        • C. Stewart: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Stewart walked, Goodrum to second
        • M. Mahtook: Mahtook popped out to second
        • G. Greiner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Greiner walked, Goodrum to third, Stewart to second
        • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Mercer safe at first on 1st baseman Schwindel fielding error, Goodrum scored, Stewart to third, Greiner to second
        • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Harrison grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Mercer out at second
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Moore Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Merrifield grounded out to third
        • A. Mondesi: Ball, Mondesi grounded out to pitcher
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gordon popped out to third
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lopez Pitching:
        • J. Harrison: Ball, Strike swinging, Harrison flied out to deep center
        • N. Castellanos: Castellanos grounded out to catcher
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)