Dozier, Soler each homer twice as Royals beat Tigers 10-2

DETROIT (AP) Comerica Park's spacious outfield has frustrated hitters many times over the years.

It hasn't been a big deal for Hunter Dozier and Jorge Soler this season.

Dozier and Jorge Soler each homered twice Sunday, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 10-2 for a split of the four-game series between the worst teams in the AL Central.

''They've got the type of power that makes any park look small,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''They are both swinging the bat extremely well right now.''

It was Dozier's third career multihomer game, all of which have come on the current road trip. He hit two against the Twins on Aug. 2, and then duplicated the feat Thursday in the series opener in Detroit.

''I feel really good in the box right now, and I've felt that was for a while,'' he said. ''Today was a good day to hit and we both see the ball well here.''

Soler went deep four times in the final three games of the series. He now has 35 homers, three behind Mike Moustakas' team record of 38.

''Obviously, the record is right there and everyone likes to break records, but I'm not thinking about that,'' he said through an interpreter. ''I'm recognizing pitches as soon as it comes out of the pitcher's hand. That's the key.''

Whit Merrifield led off the game with a home run for the second time in three days. The trio combined for 10 homers in the series.

''I don't think we ever established the inside corner against them, so they were coming to the plate looking for stuff on the outside half,'' Tigers catcher John Hicks said. ''Dozier and Soler are big, strong guys, so if they can get something out there, they will hit it a long way.''

The Royals won their second in a row after losing six of seven. Last-place Detroit fell to 7-23 since the All-Star break.

''It is disappointing to win the first two games of the series and only end up with a split,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''We just didn't do enough the last two days.''

Jakob Junis (8-10) improved to 7-1 against the Tigers, allowing two runs and six hits in six innings. His seven wins against Detroit in the last three seasons are tied with Corey Kluber for the most in the majors.

''I didn't feel great out there, but I located pitches when I needed them,'' he said. ''They took advantage of some mistakes early, but I was able to keep a lot of runs off the board and let the offense do what they did.''

Daniel Norris (3-10) allowed three homers in three innings, leaving the Tigers down 4-2.

''I didn't have much of anything today,'' he said. ''I had a blister that made me adjust my changeup grip and I never got it to work.''

Merrifield led off with his 14th homer after he opened Friday's 5-2 loss with an inside-the-park homer against Edwin Jackson. Norris retired the next batter, but Dozier hit his third homer of the series into the Royals' bullpen in left-center.

Niko Goodrum made it 2-1 in the bottom of the first with his 11th homer, but Soler responded with a two-run drive in the third for his 34th homer.

Soler finished with three hits and five RBIs. He homered again in the eighth against Drew VerHagen and hit a two-run single in the ninth.

HOMER HEAVEN FOR THE ROYALS

Dozier and Soler each have six home runs at Comerica Park this season, more than any Tiger other than JaCoby Jones (seven). Merrifield has four, one more than Miguel Cabrera.

NO SERIES WIN

With a win on Saturday or Sunday, the Tigers would have won just their third home series of the season. They swept the Royals in three games in April and won two of three from Kansas City in May. They are 9-7 against Kansas City this season and 26-73 against the rest of the major leagues.

UP NEXT

Both teams have Monday off before starting a home series on Tuesday. Matthew Boyd (6-8. 4.16 ERA) will start for Detroit against Yusei Kikuchi (4-8, 5.34 ERA) of the Seattle Mariners, while the Royals will have Glenn Sparkman (3-7, 5.71 ERA) starting against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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DET35-80
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  • W: J. Junis (8-10)L: D. Norris (3-10)
  • HR: KC - W. Merrifield (14), J. Soler 2 (35), H. Dozier 2 (22), DET - N. Goodrum (11)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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W. Merrifield 2B52231001.306.361.491.85210.0
A. Gordon LF51100000.265.339.417.7562.0
H. Dozier 3B53322002.285.366.561.92616.0
J. Soler DH32352100.259.344.555.89919.0
C. Cuthbert 1B40000103.278.319.426.7451.0
B. Starling RF50000023.220.260.319.579-1.0
N. Dini C40000010.143.250.143.393-0.5
H. Arteaga SS41100020.198.250.221.4711.0
B. Hamilton CF41100011.211.275.269.5442.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    H. Castro CF40000001.276.295.376.6720.0
    N. Goodrum SS41221020.250.327.419.7466.0
    M. Cabrera DH40100011.285.347.391.7370.5
    B. Dixon LF40000011.259.304.472.775-0.5
    D. Lugo 3B30100000.227.250.309.5592.0
    R. Rodriguez 1B40100013.218.244.441.6860.5
    T. Demeritte RF30100022.243.356.459.8150.0
    J. Hicks C30000022.202.239.336.575-1.0
    G. Beckham 2B31100010.212.275.380.6552.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Soler (24), B. Hamilton (12)
      • 3B - H. Dozier (7)
      • HR - W. Merrifield (14), H. Dozier 2 (22), J. Soler 2 (35)
      • RBI - W. Merrifield 3 (62), H. Dozier 2 (66), J. Soler 5 (87)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Soler 2 (37)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield, C. Cuthbert, B. Starling 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Beckham (12)
      • HR - N. Goodrum (11)
      • RBI - N. Goodrum 2 (44)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Rodriguez 2 (2), T. Demeritte, J. Hicks
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - N. Goodrum (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Dini-Merrifield; Arteaga-Merrifield-Cuthbert)
      FIELDING
      • E - N. Goodrum (14)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis (W, 8-10)6.06220614.801.3923.0
      S. Barlow (H, 7)2.01000205.251.486.0
      J. Newberry1.00000203.161.254.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis (W, 8-10)6.0
      S. Barlow (H, 7)2.0
      J. Newberry1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Norris (L, 3-10)3.04442434.941.42-4.0
      D. VerHagen5.02220228.032.0312.0
      T. Alexander0.04440006.491.59-8.0
      N. Ramirez1.01000004.841.352.0
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Norris (L, 3-10)3.0
      D. VerHagen5.0
      T. Alexander0.0
      N. Ramirez1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Junis (8)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 85-58, S. Barlow 20-14, J. Newberry 14-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 3-8, S. Barlow 2-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 24, S. Barlow 6, J. Newberry 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - D. VerHagen (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Norris 80-53, D. VerHagen 66-41, T. Alexander 14-8, N. Ramirez 18-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Norris 1-4, D. VerHagen 9-5, N. Ramirez 3-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Norris 15, D. VerHagen 19, T. Alexander 4, N. Ramirez 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
      123456789RHE
      KC43-76
      20200002410110
      DET35-80
      101000000271
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      W. Merrifield 2B52231001.306.361.491.85210.0
      A. Gordon LF51100000.265.339.417.7562.0
      H. Dozier 3B53322002.285.366.561.92616.0
      J. Soler DH32352100.259.344.555.89919.0
      C. Cuthbert 1B40000103.278.319.426.7451.0
      B. Starling RF50000023.220.260.319.579-1.0
      N. Dini C40000010.143.250.143.393-0.5
      H. Arteaga SS41100020.198.250.221.4711.0
      B. Hamilton CF41100011.211.275.269.5442.5
      Total3910111052610-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        H. Castro CF40000001.276.295.376.6720.0
        N. Goodrum SS41221020.250.327.419.7466.0
        M. Cabrera DH40100011.285.347.391.7370.5
        B. Dixon LF40000011.259.304.472.775-0.5
        D. Lugo 3B30100000.227.250.309.5592.0
        R. Rodriguez 1B40100013.218.244.441.6860.5
        T. Demeritte RF30100022.243.356.459.8150.0
        J. Hicks C30000022.202.239.336.575-1.0
        G. Beckham 2B31100010.212.275.380.6552.5
        Total32272101010-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Soler (24), B. Hamilton (12)
          • 3B - H. Dozier (7)
          • HR - W. Merrifield (14), H. Dozier 2 (22), J. Soler 2 (35)
          • RBI - W. Merrifield 3 (62), H. Dozier 2 (66), J. Soler 5 (87)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Soler 2 (37)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield, C. Cuthbert, B. Starling 3 (3)
          BATTING
          • 2B - G. Beckham (12)
          • HR - N. Goodrum (11)
          • RBI - N. Goodrum 2 (44)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Rodriguez 2 (2), T. Demeritte, J. Hicks
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - N. Goodrum (3)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Dini-Merrifield; Arteaga-Merrifield-Cuthbert)
          FIELDING
          • E - N. Goodrum (14)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Junis (W, 8-10)6.06220614.801.3923.0
          S. Barlow (H, 7)2.01000205.251.486.0
          J. Newberry1.00000203.161.254.0
          Total9.07220101---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Junis (W, 8-10)6.0
          S. Barlow (H, 7)2.0
          J. Newberry1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Norris (L, 3-10)3.04442434.941.42-4.0
          D. VerHagen5.02220228.032.0312.0
          T. Alexander0.04440006.491.59-8.0
          N. Ramirez1.01000004.841.352.0
          Total9.0111010265---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Norris (L, 3-10)3.0
          D. VerHagen5.0
          T. Alexander0.0
          N. Ramirez1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - J. Junis (8)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 85-58, S. Barlow 20-14, J. Newberry 14-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 3-8, S. Barlow 2-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Junis 24, S. Barlow 6, J. Newberry 3
          PITCHING
          • HBP - D. VerHagen (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Norris 80-53, D. VerHagen 66-41, T. Alexander 14-8, N. Ramirez 18-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Norris 1-4, D. VerHagen 9-5, N. Ramirez 3-0
          • Batters Faced - D. Norris 15, D. VerHagen 19, T. Alexander 4, N. Ramirez 4
          • 9TH INNING
            Soler doubled to left, Merrifield and Gordon scored102
            Merrifield singled to left, Arteaga and Hamilton scored82
          • 8TH INNING
            Soler homered to left center62
            Dozier homered to left52
          • 3RD INNING
            Goodrum singled to shallow center, Beckham scored42
            Soler homered to center, Dozier scored41
          • 1ST INNING
            Goodrum homered to right21
            Dozier homered to center20
            Merrifield homered to left10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Tyler Alexander relieved Drew VerHagen
            • H. Arteaga: Ball, Arteaga singled to shallow center
            • B. Hamilton: Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Hamilton doubled to deep right, Arteaga to third
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Merrifield singled to left, Arteaga and Hamilton scored
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Gordon singled to center, Merrifield to second
            • Nick Ramirez relieved Tyler Alexander
            • H. Dozier: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Dozier grounded out to third, Merrifield to third, Gordon to second
            • J. Soler: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Soler doubled to left, Merrifield and Gordon scored
            • C. Cuthbert: Cuthbert grounded out to shortstop
            • B. Starling: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Starling grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 9th (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jake Newberry relieved Scott Barlow
            • B. Dixon: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Dixon struck out looking
            • D. Lugo: Ball, Strike looking, Lugo lined out to center
            • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • D. VerHagen Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Dozier homered to left
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Soler homered to left center
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Cuthbert grounded out to third
            • B. Starling: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Starling flied out to right
            • N. Dini: Dini grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Barlow Pitching:
            • H. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Castro grounded out to third
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Goodrum struck out on foul tip
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera flied out to right
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • D. VerHagen Pitching:
            • B. Hamilton: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Hamilton popped out to third
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield grounded out to pitcher
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gordon flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Scott Barlow relieved Jake Junis
            • T. Demeritte: Strike looking, Demeritte singled to shallow right
            • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Hicks grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Demeritte out at second
            • G. Beckham: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • D. VerHagen Pitching:
            • B. Starling: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Starling struck out swinging
            • N. Dini: Ball, Foul, Dini grounded out to pitcher
            • H. Arteaga: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Arteaga struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Foul, Cabrera singled to shallow center
            • B. Dixon: Strike swinging, Foul, Dixon fouled out to first
            • D. Lugo: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Lugo singled to right, Cabrera to second
            • R. Rodriguez: Rodriguez fouled out to third
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. VerHagen Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Gordon grounded out to shortstop
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Dozier grounded out to third
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Soler hit by pitch
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike (foul tip), Cuthbert flied out to right
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • G. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Beckham flied out to deep center
            • H. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Castro lined out to left
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • Drew VerHagen relieved Daniel Norris
            • N. Dini: Strike looking, Ball, Dini popped out to third
            • H. Arteaga: Arteaga safe at first on shortstop Goodrum throwing error
            • B. Hamilton: Hamilton grounded out to first, Arteaga to second
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • B. Dixon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Dixon flied out to right
            • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lugo hit by pitch
            • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rodriguez flied out to left
            • T. Demeritte: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Demeritte struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • Da. Norris Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Merrifield grounded out to second
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gordon lined out to center
            • H. Dozier: Dozier tripled to deep right center
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Soler homered to center, Dozier scored
            • C. Cuthbert: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cuthbert walked
            • B. Starling: Starling flied out to right
            • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • G. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Beckham doubled to deep left
            • H. Castro: Strike looking, Castro grounded out to second, Beckham to third
            • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Goodrum singled to shallow center, Beckham scored
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging, Goodrum caught stealing second, catcher to second
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • Da. Norris Pitching:
            • N. Dini: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dini struck out swinging
            • H. Arteaga: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Arteaga struck out swinging
            • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hamilton struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • D. Lugo: Ball, Lugo fouled out to first
            • R. Rodriguez: Rodriguez singled to left
            • T. Demeritte: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Demeritte struck out swinging
            • J. Hicks: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • Da. Norris Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Merrifield homered to left
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Foul, Gordon flied out to center
            • H. Dozier: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dozier homered to center
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Soler walked
            • C. Cuthbert: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Cuthbert flied out to left
            • B. Starling: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Starling struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • H. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Castro grounded out to second
            • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Goodrum homered to right
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera grounded out to pitcher
            • B. Dixon: Ball, Strike looking, Dixon flied out to center
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)