American League Game Summary - Detroit at Kansas City|
(Wednesday, August 29th)
Final Score: Kansas City 1, Detroit 0
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Bruce Chen spun eight shutout innings to
lead the Kansas City Royals to a 1-0 win over the Detroit Tigers in the
middle test of a three-game set.
Chen (10-10) allowed four hits, walked one and struck out four to pick up the
"(Chen was) changing speeds up there well. He's throwing the off-speeds for
strikes and throwing it well with two strikes," Tigers center fielder Austin
Jackson said. "You've just got to keep battling with a guy like that."
Greg Holland stranded two in the ninth to pick up his ninth save.
Eric Hosmer knocked in the only run of the game with a bloop infield-single in
the fourth inning to help the Royals to their second consecutive win.
Anibal Sanchez (2-4) scattered seven hits without issuing a walk over seven
innings in the loss.
Jackson had two hits, including a double, and Miguel Cabrera also doubled for
the Tigers, who have lost three of their last five.
With a runner on third and two outs in the fourth inning, Hosmer fisted a pop
up in between Sanchez, shortstop Jhonny Peralta and second baseman Ramon
Santiago. Sanchez was the first to the ball, but couldn't get a grip on it to
nab Hosmer at first and Mike Moustakas scored easily.
"(Hosmer) did an unbelievable job getting me in with two out," said Moustakas,
who reached base on a one-out double. "When you have a guy [like Chen] doing
that, one run's good enough."
The Tigers wasted opportunities in both the seventh and ninth to tie the game.
In the seventh Cabrera doubled to right-center field and moved to third on
Prince Fielder's flyout. Delmon Young was then hit by a pitch to put runners
on the corners, but Peralta struck out and Jeff Baker grounded out to end the
Detroit put two on again in the ninth, but couldn't push one across. Andy
Dirks and Fielder singled, but Holland struck out Young and Peralta to nail
down the win.
Chen has won two of his last three starts, and hasn't lost since Aug. 12 when
the Royals fell to the Baltimore Orioles, 5-3 ... The Tigers were 0-for-8 with
runners in scoring position and left six runners on base.
08/30 01:26:31 ET