Ross sharp, Tigers win 5th straight; KC drops 6th in row

DETROIT (AP) Tyson Ross finally pitched at Comerica Park - and certainly enjoyed his new surroundings.

Ross pitched seven impressive innings, and the Detroit Tigers extended their winning streak to five with a 3-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

Ross signed with the Tigers in the offseason, and Comerica was the last current ballpark he hadn't pitched in. The 31-year-old right-hander allowed a run and five hits with a walk and eight strikeouts.

''It feels good,'' he said. ''Beautiful mound out there. It was nice to be out there for the first time and have such great defense behind me.''

Rookie outfielder Christin Stewart, whose grand slam lifted Detroit to a win Saturday, drove in two more runs to help the Tigers complete a three-game sweep of their first home series. Joe Jimenez pitched the eighth for Detroit and Shane Greene finished. Greene has saves in all seven victories this season for the Tigers and has not blown any.

With two outs in the ninth and a man on base, center fielder Niko Goodrum ended the game with a diving catch. Greene became the first pitcher since saves became an official stat in 1969 to earn seven in his team's first 10 games.

Ross (1-1) and the Detroit relievers got plenty of help from their fielders. Catcher John Hicks threw out both Billy Hamilton and Whit Merrifield trying to steal.

Brad Keller (1-1) allowed three runs in six innings for the Royals, who have dropped six in a row. Because of off days, Keller was starting for the third time in his team's first eight games.

''Going into the second inning, he was like 45 pitches before we got an out,'' Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. ''But he got it settled down a little bit, and was able to give us a good, strong six in that situation. I thought he threw the ball extremely well, too.''

Merrifield and Hamilton had three hits each for Kansas City. Merrifield extended his hitting streak to 28 games dating to last season. He's just two shy of George Brett's franchise record.

Merrifield led off the game with a double and eventually scored on Alex Gordon's one-out groundout. Stewart tied it in the second with an RBI triple, and the Tigers took the lead when he scored on Gordon Beckham's double play grounder.

Stewart added an RBI single in the sixth.

CHANCES

The Royals had two on with one out in the third and didn't score, and they had men on first and third with one out in the eighth and came up empty again. Merrifield was caught stealing second in the eighth.

The speedy Royals were 6 for 7 on stolen base attempts before going 2 for 4 on Sunday.

''It's just part of who we are. It's our identity as a team,'' Merrifield said. ''The goal is to be more successful than not.''

STARTING STRONG

Remarkably, Ross was the first starter for Detroit credited with a win this season - even though the Tigers' rotation has a 2.02 ERA through 10 games.

''It is about throwing the ball over the plate and catching the ball. We've been doing a pretty nice job of that,'' Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''Our catcher threw out a couple guys - none bigger than one of the last ones - and our starting pitcher threw the ball over, really attacked, gave us another great performance out there.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: Hamilton stole second base in the third inning, but he paid a price when the throw hit him in the left arm, and his head appeared to crash into the glove of Detroit's Josh Harrison. Both players were a bit shaken up but remained in the game.

Tigers: Detroit reinstated RHP Drew VerHagen (right shoulder) from the 10-day injured list to replace LHP Matt Moore, who went on the IL with a right knee injury.

UP NEXT

Royals: Kansas City returns home to face Seattle. RHP Homer Bailey (0-0) starts for the Royals on Monday night against RHP Felix Hernandez (1-0).

Tigers: Detroit has Monday off before hosting a series with Cleveland. Jordan Zimmermann (0-0) takes the mound Tuesday for the Tigers against Corey Kluber (0-2).

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A. Mondesi SS40000024.265.265.588.853-1.0
A. Gordon LF40010012.250.429.500.9290.5
J. Soler RF40000030.258.303.484.787-1.5
R. O'Hearn 1B30000110.273.333.455.7880.5
H. Dozier 3B30000111.100.208.250.4580.5
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C. Gallagher C30100000.333.333.333.6671.0
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Harrison 2B40000002.114.225.114.3390.0
    N. Castellanos RF41100021.289.386.447.8342.0
    M. Cabrera DH30100110.235.381.235.6161.5
    N. Goodrum CF40000013.258.395.452.846-0.5
    J. Candelario 3B21000202.211.286.289.5753.0
    C. Stewart LF41220021.188.282.500.7826.0
    J. Hicks C20000112.125.222.188.4100.5
    G. Beckham 1B20000001.125.300.500.8001.0
    J. Mercer SS30100001.167.265.233.4982.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Merrifield (2)
      • RBI - A. Gordon (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Mondesi, A. Gordon 2 (2), H. Dozier, L. Duda
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Castellanos (4), J. Mercer (2)
      • 3B - C. Stewart
      • RBI - C. Stewart 2 (10)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Stewart (5)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Harrison, N. Castellanos, N. Goodrum, C. Stewart, J. Hicks 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - W. Merrifield (3), B. Hamilton (2)
      • CS - W. Merrifield, B. Hamilton
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Mondesi-Merrifield-O'Hearn)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - N. Goodrum
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Keller (L, 1-1)6.05333302.841.056.5
      J. Diekman1.00000106.230.923.5
      B. Boxberger1.00001308.311.623.5
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Keller (L, 1-1)6.0
      J. Diekman1.0
      B. Boxberger1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Ross (W, 1-1)7.05111802.251.1728.0
      J. Jimenez (H, 3)1.02000004.501.331.0
      S. Greene (S, 7)1.00001200.000.4310.0
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Ross (W, 1-1)7.0
      J. Jimenez (H, 3)1.0
      S. Greene (S, 7)1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Diekman
      • HBP - J. Diekman (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 109-68, J. Diekman 17-12, B. Boxberger 20-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 6-8, J. Diekman 1-1
      • Batters Faced - B. Keller 25, J. Diekman 4, B. Boxberger 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Ross 91-58, J. Jimenez 23-18, S. Greene 13-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Ross 6-5, J. Jimenez 2-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Ross 25, J. Jimenez 4, S. Greene 4
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      W. Merrifield 2B41300000.324.361.529.8916.0
      A. Mondesi SS40000024.265.265.588.853-1.0
      A. Gordon LF40010012.250.429.500.9290.5
      J. Soler RF40000030.258.303.484.787-1.5
      R. O'Hearn 1B30000110.273.333.455.7880.5
      H. Dozier 3B30000111.100.208.250.4580.5
      L. Duda DH30000021.083.083.083.167-1.0
      C. Gallagher C30100000.333.333.333.6671.0
      B. Hamilton CF30300000.286.310.286.5964.0
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        J. Harrison 2B40000002.114.225.114.3390.0
        N. Castellanos RF41100021.289.386.447.8342.0
        M. Cabrera DH30100110.235.381.235.6161.5
        N. Goodrum CF40000013.258.395.452.846-0.5
        J. Candelario 3B21000202.211.286.289.5753.0
        C. Stewart LF41220021.188.282.500.7826.0
        J. Hicks C20000112.125.222.188.4100.5
        G. Beckham 1B20000001.125.300.500.8001.0
        J. Mercer SS30100001.167.265.233.4982.0
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          BATTING
          • 2B - W. Merrifield (2)
          • RBI - A. Gordon (8)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Mondesi, A. Gordon 2 (2), H. Dozier, L. Duda
          BATTING
          • 2B - N. Castellanos (4), J. Mercer (2)
          • 3B - C. Stewart
          • RBI - C. Stewart 2 (10)
          • 2-Out RBI - C. Stewart (5)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Harrison, N. Castellanos, N. Goodrum, C. Stewart, J. Hicks 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - W. Merrifield (3), B. Hamilton (2)
          • CS - W. Merrifield, B. Hamilton
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Mondesi-Merrifield-O'Hearn)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - N. Goodrum
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Keller (L, 1-1)6.05333302.841.056.5
          J. Diekman1.00000106.230.923.5
          B. Boxberger1.00001308.311.623.5
          Total8.0533470---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Keller (L, 1-1)6.0
          J. Diekman1.0
          B. Boxberger1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          T. Ross (W, 1-1)7.05111802.251.1728.0
          J. Jimenez (H, 3)1.02000004.501.331.0
          S. Greene (S, 7)1.00001200.000.4310.0
          Total9.07112100---
          PITCHERSIP
          T. Ross (W, 1-1)7.0
          J. Jimenez (H, 3)1.0
          S. Greene (S, 7)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - J. Diekman
          • HBP - J. Diekman (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 109-68, J. Diekman 17-12, B. Boxberger 20-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 6-8, J. Diekman 1-1
          • Batters Faced - B. Keller 25, J. Diekman 4, B. Boxberger 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - T. Ross 91-58, J. Jimenez 23-18, S. Greene 13-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Ross 6-5, J. Jimenez 2-0
          • Batters Faced - T. Ross 25, J. Jimenez 4, S. Greene 4
          • 6TH INNING
            Stewart singled to shallow center, Castellanos scored, Cabrera to second13
          • 2ND INNING
            Beckham grounded out to second, Stewart scored, Hicks out at second12
            Stewart tripled to right center, Candelario scored11
          • 1ST INNING
            Gordon grounded out to first, Merrifield scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Shane Greene relieved Joe Jimenez
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
            • J. Soler: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, O'Hearn walked
            • H. Dozier: Dozier lined out to center
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Joe Jimenez relieved Tyson Ross
            • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gallagher grounded out to shortstop
            • B. Hamilton: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Hamilton singled to shallow left
            • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Merrifield singled to right center, Hamilton to third
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop, Foul, Mondesi grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Brad Boxberger relieved Jake Diekman
            • M. Cabrera: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Candelario walked
            • C. Stewart: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Stewart struck out looking
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • T. Ross Pitching:
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, O'Hearn struck out swinging
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jake Diekman relieved Brad Keller
            • G. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Beckham hit by pitch
            • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Mercer lined out to left
            • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Beckham to second on wild pitch, Harrison grounded out to shortstop
            • N. Castellanos: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • T. Ross Pitching:
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Castellanos doubled to deep right center
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cabrera singled to shallow left, Castellanos to third
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Goodrum flied out to right
            • J. Candelario: Foul, Ball, Foul, Candelario fouled out to shortstop
            • C. Stewart: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Stewart singled to shallow center, Castellanos scored, Cabrera to second
            • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Hicks lined out to second
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • T. Ross Pitching:
            • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Ball, Gallagher singled to right center, Gallagher out at second
            • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Hamilton reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Hamilton caught stealing second, catcher to second, Merrifield lined out to right
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • J. Hicks: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • G. Beckham: Foul, Beckham lined out to center
            • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mercer doubled to left
            • J. Harrison: Harrison grounded out to second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • T. Ross Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • R. O'Hearn: O'Hearn grounded out to second
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Dozier walked
            • L. Duda: Ball, Duda grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Goodrum flied out to center
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Candelario popped out to second
            • C. Stewart: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Stewart struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • T. Ross Pitching:
            • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Gallagher grounded out to third
            • B. Hamilton: Ball, Ball, Hamilton singled to shallow right
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Hamilton stole second, Merrifield reached on an infield single to shortstop, Hamilton to third
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Merrifield stole second, Gordon lined out to left
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • J. Harrison: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Harrison popped out to third
            • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Ball, Castellanos grounded out to third
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • T. Ross Pitching:
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Strike looking, O'Hearn flied out to center
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Dozier lined out to second
            • L. Duda: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Candelario walked
            • C. Stewart: Ball, Ball, Stewart tripled to right center, Candelario scored
            • J. Hicks: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked
            • G. Beckham: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Ball, Foul, Beckham grounded out to second, Stewart scored, Hicks out at second
            • J. Mercer: Ball, Mercer grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • T. Ross Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike looking, Merrifield doubled to right
            • A. Mondesi: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Mondesi grounded out to first, Merrifield to third
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to first, Merrifield scored
            • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Soler lined out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Keller Pitching:
            • J. Harrison: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Harrison lined out to center
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Castellanos struck out looking
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked
            • N. Goodrum: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Goodrum grounded out to second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)