Greene gets 13th save in Tigers' 14th win, 4-3 over Royals

DETROIT (AP) Shane Greene has been part of almost every victory this season for the Detroit Tigers.

The right-hander allowed a home run in the ninth inning against Kansas City on Friday night, but still closed out the win.

Greene finished Detroit's 4-3 victory over the Royals for his American League-leading 13th save in 13 chances. The Tigers only have 14 wins, so Greene is clearly a big reason Detroit is just a game under .500 in what was supposed to be another rebuilding year.

''You lose your confidence, sooner or later you're going to pay for it,'' Greene said. ''So you've got to walk around thinking you're the best, knowing you're the best and playing like you're the best.''

Greene struck out two in the ninth, but he also allowed a solo homer to Jorge Soler and a two-out double to pinch-hitter Ryan O'Hearn. He finally retired Martin Maldonado on a popup to end it.

Matthew Boyd struck out nine in another solid outing, and the Tigers scored three runs in the first inning. It was the sixth straight quality start for Boyd, who allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings. He walked one.

''His pitch count got up early, and then he had a couple good innings to get back in it,'' manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''We needed him out there.''

Joe Jimenez struck out two in a perfect eighth for Detroit.

Jorge Lopez (0-3) settled down nicely after a tough start. He allowed four runs and five hits in seven innings.

''He made a little adjustment after the first inning and he just got a lot sharper,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''He left some sliders up in the first and they hit them, but he didn't let them do that the rest of the way.''

Miguel Cabrera hit an RBI single in the first, giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead before Lopez had gotten an out. Another run came home when Ronny Rodriguez grounded into a force play, and Rodriguez scored on a wild pitch, sliding in safely on a close play at the plate.

Rodriguez added an RBI double in the third, and Boyd kept the Royals off the scoreboard until the fourth, when Soler hit a sacrifice fly and Kelvin Gutierrez followed with a run-scoring triple.

Boyd (3-2) worked out of that jam with back-to-back strikeouts, and the Tigers held on from there to improve to 4-0 on the season against Kansas City.

Cabrera had three singles for Detroit.

KEY PLAY

Rodriguez came home on the wild pitch in the first to make it 3-0. The play was reviewed, and the safe call was upheld.

''I really felt I had him,'' said Lopez, who was covering home on the play. ''I put my left foot in front of the plate, and he hit my foot just as I tagged him, so I thought he was out.''

It was a close play because the ball hadn't gotten that far from the catcher.

''That's a tough ball to read,'' Boyd said. ''If you have any hesitation, you can't do it. ... That ended up being the difference in the game, right? Every run counted.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: Detroit is without 2B Josh Harrison, who is on the injured list with a left shoulder issue. Gordon Beckham started at that position and had two hits.

UP NEXT

Royals: Kansas City sends RHP Homer Bailey (2-3) to the mound Saturday against the Tigers. Bailey turned 33 on Friday.

Tigers: Detroit RHP Tyson Ross (1-3) was activated from the paternity list Friday and will start Saturday's game.

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  • W: M. Boyd (3-2)L: J. Lopez (0-3)S: S. Greene (13)
  • HR: KC - J. Soler (8)
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  • a-doubled for Owings in the 9th
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G. Beckham 2B30200012.250.353.523.8762.5
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J. Mercer SS30000011.226.293.358.652-0.5
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    BATTING
    • 2B - R. O'Hearn (4)
    • 3B - K. Gutierrez
    • HR - J. Soler (8)
    • SF - J. Soler (2)
    • RBI - J. Soler 2 (21), K. Gutierrez (8)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Dozier, K. Gutierrez, M. Maldonado 3 (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Rodriguez (5)
    • RBI - M. Cabrera (12), R. Rodriguez 2 (7)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Greiner 3 (3), J. Mercer
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - B. Hamilton (4)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Owings-Dozier)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Lopez (L, 0-3)7.05442605.091.358.0
    W. Peralta1.03000106.601.800.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Lopez (L, 0-3)7.0
    W. Peralta1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Boyd (W, 3-2)7.05221903.050.9927.5
    J. Jimenez (H, 7)1.00000204.381.384.0
    S. Greene (S, 13)1.02110211.800.738.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Boyd (W, 3-2)7.0
    J. Jimenez (H, 7)1.0
    S. Greene (S, 13)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Lopez (2)
    • HBP - J. Lopez (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lopez 99-65, W. Peralta 19-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lopez 5-10, W. Peralta 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Lopez 29, W. Peralta 5
    PITCHING
    • HBP - M. Boyd (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Boyd 102-77, J. Jimenez 13-11, S. Greene 24-15
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Boyd 3-8, J. Jimenez 1-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Boyd 27, J. Jimenez 3, S. Greene 5
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    A. Mondesi DH40000020.277.305.500.805-1.0
    A. Gordon LF31100000.286.390.509.8993.0
    H. Dozier 1B41100031.340.437.6601.0970.5
    J. Soler RF31321000.242.289.500.7899.0
    K. Gutierrez 3B40110022.269.296.462.7583.0
    C. Owings SS30000022.143.204.248.451-1.0
    a- R. O'Hearn PH10100000.170.288.341.6292.0
    M. Maldonado C40000013.181.261.265.526-0.5
    B. Hamilton CF20000120.212.299.271.570-1.0
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    • a-doubled for Owings in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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    M. Cabrera DH40310000.295.365.366.7314.0
    B. Dixon PR-DH00000000.333.368.444.8130.0
    N. Goodrum LF40000025.236.355.427.782-1.0
    R. Rodriguez 1B41220001.324.366.6761.0426.0
    G. Beckham 2B30200012.250.353.523.8762.5
    G. Greiner C40000017.211.259.355.615-0.5
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      BATTING
      • 2B - R. O'Hearn (4)
      • 3B - K. Gutierrez
      • HR - J. Soler (8)
      • SF - J. Soler (2)
      • RBI - J. Soler 2 (21), K. Gutierrez (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Dozier, K. Gutierrez, M. Maldonado 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Rodriguez (5)
      • RBI - M. Cabrera (12), R. Rodriguez 2 (7)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Greiner 3 (3), J. Mercer
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - B. Hamilton (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Owings-Dozier)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Lopez (L, 0-3)7.05442605.091.358.0
      W. Peralta1.03000106.601.800.5
      Total8.0844270---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Lopez (L, 0-3)7.0
      W. Peralta1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Boyd (W, 3-2)7.05221903.050.9927.5
      J. Jimenez (H, 7)1.00000204.381.384.0
      S. Greene (S, 13)1.02110211.800.738.0
      Total9.07331131---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Boyd (W, 3-2)7.0
      J. Jimenez (H, 7)1.0
      S. Greene (S, 13)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Lopez (2)
      • HBP - J. Lopez (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lopez 99-65, W. Peralta 19-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lopez 5-10, W. Peralta 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Lopez 29, W. Peralta 5
      PITCHING
      • HBP - M. Boyd (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Boyd 102-77, J. Jimenez 13-11, S. Greene 24-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Boyd 3-8, J. Jimenez 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Boyd 27, J. Jimenez 3, S. Greene 5
      • 9TH INNING
        Soler homered to left center34
      • 4TH INNING
        Gutierrez tripled to left center, Dozier scored24
        Soler hit sacrifice fly to left, Gordon scored14
      • 3RD INNING
        Rodriguez doubled to deep left, Castellanos scored, Cabrera to third04
      • 1ST INNING
        Rodriguez scored, Beckham to second on wild pitch03
        Rodriguez reached on fielder's choice to third, Castellanos scored, Goodrum out at second02
        Cabrera singled to center, Candelario scored, Castellanos to second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Shane Greene relieved Joe Jimenez
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
        • J. Soler: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Soler homered to left center
        • K. Gutierrez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gutierrez struck out swinging
        • Ryan O'Hearn hit for Chris Owings
        • R. O'Hearn: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, O'Hearn doubled to right
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Foul, Maldonado popped out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Joe Jimenez relieved Matthew Boyd
        • W. Merrifield: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield struck out looking
        • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gordon grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Wily Peralta relieved Jorge Lopez
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera singled to left
        • Brandon Dixon ran for Miguel Cabrera
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
        • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Rodriguez singled to left, Dixon to second
        • G. Beckham: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Beckham singled to right center, Dixon to third, Rodriguez to second
        • G. Greiner: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Greiner grounded into double play shortstop to first, Beckham out at second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • C. Owings: Foul, Foul, Owings popped out to second
        • M. Maldonado: Strike swinging, Ball, Maldonado flied out to right
        • B. Hamilton: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lopez Pitching:
        • J. Jones: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Jones struck out looking
        • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Candelario flied out to left
        • N. Castellanos: Castellanos flied out to center
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Foul, Gordon flied out to right
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • J. Soler: Soler singled to left
        • K. Gutierrez: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gutierrez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Soler out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lopez Pitching:
        • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rodriguez flied out to left
        • G. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Beckham hit by pitch
        • G. Greiner: Ball, Foul, Greiner popped out to shortstop
        • J. Mercer: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Mercer grounded out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • B. Hamilton: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Hamilton struck out looking
        • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Merrifield grounded out to third
        • A. Mondesi: Ball, Mondesi grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lopez Pitching:
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Castellanos lined out to right
        • M. Cabrera: Cabrera flied out to right
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Foul, Goodrum lined out to third
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Gordon hit by pitch
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier singled to right center, Gordon to third
        • J. Soler: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Soler hit sacrifice fly to left, Gordon scored
        • K. Gutierrez: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Gutierrez tripled to left center, Dozier scored
        • C. Owings: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Owings struck out swinging
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lopez Pitching:
        • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Mercer struck out looking
        • J. Jones: Ball, Jones lined out to left
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Candelario struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • B. Hamilton: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hamilton walked
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Merrifield lined out to shortstop
        • A. Mondesi: Foul, Strike swinging, Hamilton picked off at second, pitcher to first to second, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lopez Pitching:
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Castellanos walked
        • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera singled to left, Castellanos to second
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
        • R. Rodriguez: Rodriguez doubled to deep left, Castellanos scored, Cabrera to third
        • G. Beckham: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Beckham struck out on foul tip
        • G. Greiner: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Greiner struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • J. Soler: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Soler singled to center
        • K. Gutierrez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gutierrez struck out swinging
        • C. Owings: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Owings struck out swinging
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Ball, Maldonado flied out to center
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lopez Pitching:
        • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Mercer grounded out to second
        • J. Jones: Ball, Jones lined out to second
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Candelario lined out to center
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Boyd Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Merrifield popped out to second
        • A. Mondesi: Ball, Foul, Mondesi flied out to right
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon singled to left center
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Lopez Pitching:
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Candelario walked
        • N. Castellanos: Castellanos singled to right, Candelario to second
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera singled to center, Candelario scored, Castellanos to second
        • N. Goodrum: Goodrum reached on fielder's choice to second, Castellanos to third, Cabrera out at second
        • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Rodriguez reached on fielder's choice to third, Castellanos scored, Goodrum out at second
        • G. Beckham: Foul, Ball, Beckham singled to deep left, Rodriguez to third
        • G. Greiner: Ball, Ball, Rodriguez scored, Beckham to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Ball, Greiner grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)