Soler, Cuthbert help rally Royals to 3-2 win over Tigers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Adalberto Mondesi and Terrance Gore used their speed to help the Kansas City Royals rally for a win.

Mondesi and Jorge Soler had consecutive one-out doubles in the eighth inning to tie it, and pinch-runner Gore stole third and scored the go-ahead run on Cheslor Cuthbert's ensuing single to lead the Royals to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.

Kansas City manager Ned Yost credited Mondesi for ''a hustle double'' - for his third hit of the game - to start the rally. He then scored on Soler's hit off Victor Alcantara (2-1). Gore ran for Soler, stole third and scored on Cuthbert's single between three fielders in right field to give the Royals their first lead of the game.

''Cuthbert got a break on that one, hit a pop-up into no-man's land,'' Yost said. ''That's the first break we've caught in a while, but I'll take it.''

Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire agreed with Yost's assessment of the go-ahead run.

''I guess it's no-man's land,'' Gardenhire said. ''Somebody has to take charge on the ball. With us playing the infield in, it bloops out there. The ball landed and that was just a break for them.''

It was the first time all season the Kansas City won when trailing after six innings.

Mondesi had rounded first aggressively on his first two hits before heading back to the bag. With his club down a run, he didn't hesitate on his last hit.

''Every time I hit the ball I run hard,'' Mondesi said. ''When I hit it I saw the left fielder was in the gap, so I thought I had a chance. I just ran hard.''

Scott Barlow (2-2) pitched a scoreless eighth inning to get the win, and Ian Kennedy got the last three outs for his fifth save.

The Tigers' bullpen wasted a brilliant effort from Spencer Turnbull. He scattered four hits and two walks with five strikeouts over six innings. It was only the third time in 14 starts that Turnbull had not allowed a run.

Jakob Junis had a quality start for Kansas City, allowing two runs and five hits - including solo homers by Nicholas Castellanos and Brandon Dixon - with five strikeouts in seven innings.

''We had a pretty good game plan and we executed it,'' Junis said. ''We had a couple of mistakes, but luckily they were solos. That kept us in the game. I wanted to challenge them. I got behind a couple of times. I didn't want to put anybody on with a free base. Those were huge.''

The Tigers got to Junis in the first on a 427-foot home run by Castellanos to left-center. It was Castellanos' 100th career homer, all with the Tigers. It marked the ninth time in 14 starts that Junis gave up a run in the first inning.

Dixon hit a 447-foot homer in the fourth, into the fountains 20 feet beyond where Castellanos' homer traveled, to put the Tigers up 2-0.

''(Junis) made some mistakes, center-cut two fastballs, but he did an awesome job of keeping us in the game,'' Yost said. ''He gave us an opportunity to come back and win the game.''

Following Turnbull's departure, Ryan O'Hearn led off the seventh with his sixth home run of the season. He broke an 0-for-15 slump with his 439-foot blast to right.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals 3B Hunter Dozier was eligible to come off the 10-day injured list, but he is not close to being ready. He's been on the IL since June 3, retroactive to May 31. Manager Ned Yost said, ''We're going to be working him back into it, making sure everything is functional and feeling good. We've got to make sure that he's healthy, 100 percent. I don't know if we'll want to send him out on a rehab. When he's ready to go we'll make that decision.''

Tigers: SS Niko Goodrum was removed from the game following the top of the third after he fouled a pitch off his knee. He left with a right knee contusion. He finished the at-bat with a strikeout and was replaced by Gordon Beckham in the bottom of the third.

UP NEXT

The Tigers will send LHP Daniel Norris (2-5, 4.60 ERA) to the mound in the second game of the series. The Royals will counter with LHP Danny Duffy (3-3, 4.68 ERA). Duffy was hit on the right kneecap in his last start against Boston. The line drive bounced to third for the final out of the second inning. He came back out for the third but retired just one of six batters he faced in the inning before being pulled.

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  • W: S. Barlow (2-2)L: V. Alcantara (2-1)S: I. Kennedy (5)
  • HR: DET - N. Castellanos (7), B. Dixon (6), KC - R. O'Hearn (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Cabrera DH40000010.290.358.378.736-0.5
B. Dixon 3B41111020.289.305.509.8145.0
H. Castro 2B40000010.282.317.333.650-0.5
J. Hicks 1B30100000.220.256.373.6291.0
G. Greiner C30000001.167.236.287.5230.0
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    W. Merrifield DH40100000.293.342.476.8193.0
    A. Gordon LF40000012.275.354.481.835-0.5
    A. Mondesi SS41300010.280.313.470.7836.5
    J. Soler RF40110002.241.293.510.8033.0
    T. Gore PR-RF01000000.297.333.378.7123.0
    C. Cuthbert 3B20110210.324.375.595.9705.5
    N. Lopez 2B40000014.204.250.276.526-0.5
    R. O'Hearn 1B41211000.192.292.341.6337.0
    M. Maldonado C40000012.200.289.269.558-0.5
    B. Hamilton CF30100000.230.308.282.5891.0
    J. Junis P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    S. Barlow P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    I. Kennedy P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Jones (9)
      • HR - N. Castellanos (7), B. Dixon (6)
      • RBI - N. Castellanos (24), B. Dixon (22)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Castellanos (9)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Stewart, N. Castellanos 2 (2), G. Greiner
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Mondesi (16), J. Soler (16)
      • HR - R. O'Hearn (6)
      • RBI - J. Soler (45), C. Cuthbert (9), R. O'Hearn (18)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Gordon 2 (2), J. Soler, N. Lopez 3 (3), M. Maldonado 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - W. Merrifield (9), A. Mondesi (25), T. Gore (7), C. Cuthbert
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Turnbull6.04002502.781.2617.5
      B. Hardy (H, 5)1.01110015.110.931.0
      D. Stumpf (H, 5)0.11110004.241.94-2.0
      V. Alcantara (L, 2-1) (BS, 3)0.23110004.551.31-9.0
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Turnbull6.0
      B. Hardy (H, 5)1.0
      D. Stumpf (H, 5)0.1
      V. Alcantara (L, 2-1) (BS, 3)0.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis7.05220525.351.4319.5
      S. Barlow (W, 2-2)1.00001005.511.359.0
      I. Kennedy (S, 5)1.00000203.711.2811.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis7.0
      S. Barlow (W, 2-2)1.0
      I. Kennedy (S, 5)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Turnbull 96-61, B. Hardy 20-12, D. Stumpf 7-4, V. Alcantara 14-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Turnbull 7-6, B. Hardy 1-2, V. Alcantara 2-0
      • Batters Faced - S. Turnbull 24, B. Hardy 4, D. Stumpf 2, V. Alcantara 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 89-63, S. Barlow 12-7, I. Kennedy 15-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 7-9
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 26, S. Barlow 4, I. Kennedy 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      N. Goodrum SS20000021.233.315.393.707-1.0
      G. Beckham SS10000101.232.336.432.7681.0
      C. Stewart LF40000013.248.330.429.758-0.5
      N. Castellanos RF41111002.262.312.452.7646.0
      M. Cabrera DH40000010.290.358.378.736-0.5
      B. Dixon 3B41111020.289.305.509.8145.0
      H. Castro 2B40000010.282.317.333.650-0.5
      J. Hicks 1B30100000.220.256.373.6291.0
      G. Greiner C30000001.167.236.287.5230.0
      J. Jones CF30200000.257.324.467.7913.0
      S. Turnbull P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      B. Hardy P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield DH40100000.293.342.476.8193.0
        A. Gordon LF40000012.275.354.481.835-0.5
        A. Mondesi SS41300010.280.313.470.7836.5
        J. Soler RF40110002.241.293.510.8033.0
        T. Gore PR-RF01000000.297.333.378.7123.0
        C. Cuthbert 3B20110210.324.375.595.9705.5
        N. Lopez 2B40000014.204.250.276.526-0.5
        R. O'Hearn 1B41211000.192.292.341.6337.0
        M. Maldonado C40000012.200.289.269.558-0.5
        B. Hamilton CF30100000.230.308.282.5891.0
        J. Junis P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        S. Barlow P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        I. Kennedy P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        Total3339312510-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Jones (9)
          • HR - N. Castellanos (7), B. Dixon (6)
          • RBI - N. Castellanos (24), B. Dixon (22)
          • 2-Out RBI - N. Castellanos (9)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Stewart, N. Castellanos 2 (2), G. Greiner
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Mondesi (16), J. Soler (16)
          • HR - R. O'Hearn (6)
          • RBI - J. Soler (45), C. Cuthbert (9), R. O'Hearn (18)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Gordon 2 (2), J. Soler, N. Lopez 3 (3), M. Maldonado 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - W. Merrifield (9), A. Mondesi (25), T. Gore (7), C. Cuthbert
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Turnbull6.04002502.781.2617.5
          B. Hardy (H, 5)1.01110015.110.931.0
          D. Stumpf (H, 5)0.11110004.241.94-2.0
          V. Alcantara (L, 2-1) (BS, 3)0.23110004.551.31-9.0
          Total8.0933251---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Turnbull6.0
          B. Hardy (H, 5)1.0
          D. Stumpf (H, 5)0.1
          V. Alcantara (L, 2-1) (BS, 3)0.2
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Junis7.05220525.351.4319.5
          S. Barlow (W, 2-2)1.00001005.511.359.0
          I. Kennedy (S, 5)1.00000203.711.2811.0
          Total9.0522172---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Junis7.0
          S. Barlow (W, 2-2)1.0
          I. Kennedy (S, 5)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Turnbull 96-61, B. Hardy 20-12, D. Stumpf 7-4, V. Alcantara 14-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Turnbull 7-6, B. Hardy 1-2, V. Alcantara 2-0
          • Batters Faced - S. Turnbull 24, B. Hardy 4, D. Stumpf 2, V. Alcantara 5
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 89-63, S. Barlow 12-7, I. Kennedy 15-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 7-9
          • Batters Faced - J. Junis 26, S. Barlow 4, I. Kennedy 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Cuthbert singled to shallow right, Gore scored23
            Soler doubled to deep left, Mondesi scored22
          • 7TH INNING
            O'Hearn homered to right21
          • 4TH INNING
            Dixon homered to center20
          • 1ST INNING
            Castellanos homered to center10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Ian Kennedy relieved Scott Barlow
            • M. Cabrera: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • B. Dixon: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Dixon struck out swinging
            • H. Castro: Ball, Ball, Foul, Castro flied out to center
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Scott Barlow relieved Jake Junis
            • J. Jones: Jones flied out to center
            • G. Beckham: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Beckham walked
            • C. Stewart: Stewart flied out to deep center, Beckham to second
            • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Ball, Castellanos flied out to right
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Daniel Stumpf relieved Blaine Hardy
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gordon lined out to left
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Ball, Mondesi doubled to left
            • Victor Alcantara relieved Daniel Stumpf
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Soler doubled to deep left, Mondesi scored
            • Terrance Gore ran for Jorge Soler
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Ball, Gore stole third, Cuthbert singled to shallow right, Gore scored
            • N. Lopez: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Lopez reached on fielder's choice to second, Cuthbert out at second
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, O'Hearn reached on an infield single to shortstop, Lopez to third
            • M. Maldonado: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Maldonado grounded out to third
            • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • H. Castro: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Castro grounded out to first
            • J. Hicks: Hicks popped out to shortstop
            • G. Greiner: Strike looking, Ball, Greiner grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Blaine Hardy relieved Spencer Turnbull
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, O'Hearn homered to right
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Ball, Maldonado grounded out to second
            • B. Hamilton: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Hamilton lined out to center
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Merrifield lined out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Castellanos flied out to deep right
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera flied out to right
            • B. Dixon: Strike looking, Dixon grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Turnbull Pitching:
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Ball, Soler grounded out to second
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cuthbert walked
            • N. Lopez: Strike looking, Lopez grounded out to second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • G. Greiner: Strike looking, Greiner grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Jones doubled to deep left
            • G. Beckham: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Beckham popped out to shortstop
            • C. Stewart: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Stewart flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Turnbull Pitching:
            • R. O'Hearn: O'Hearn grounded out to third
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
            • B. Hamilton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hamilton reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield singled to right, Hamilton to third
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Foul, Ball, Merrifield stole second, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cabrera popped out to first
            • B. Dixon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dixon homered to center
            • H. Castro: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
            • J. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Hicks fouled out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Turnbull Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Mondesi singled to right
            • J. Soler: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Soler popped out to second
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cuthbert walked, Mondesi to second
            • N. Lopez: Ball, Ball, Mondesi stole third, Cuthbert to second, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Lopez grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • J. Jones: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Jones singled to left
            • N. Goodrum: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
            • C. Stewart: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Stewart struck out looking
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Castellanos flied out to left
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Gordon Beckham at shortstop
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Maldonado lined out to center
            • B. Hamilton: Foul, Hamilton flied out to left
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Merrifield grounded out to first
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • B. Dixon: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Dixon struck out swinging
            • H. Castro: Castro grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Hicks: Strike looking, Hicks singled to left
            • G. Greiner: Ball, Greiner grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Turnbull Pitching:
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cuthbert struck out swinging
            • N. Lopez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lopez struck out swinging
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, O'Hearn popped out to third
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • N. Goodrum: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
            • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Ball, Stewart grounded out to pitcher
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos homered to center
            • M. Cabrera: Cabrera flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Turnbull Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Merrifield lined out to right
            • A. Gordon: Foul, Gordon flied out to center
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Mondesi singled to right
            • J. Soler: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Soler reached on fielder's choice to second, Mondesi out at second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)