American League Game Summary - Kansas City at Detroit|
(Tuesday, September 25th)
Final Score: Detroit 2, Kansas City 0
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Anibal Sanchez tossed a three-hit shutout and
the Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals, 2-0, in the second test of a
The Tigers moved into a tie with the White Sox for first place in the AL
Central. Chicago lost to the Indians on Tuesday.
Sanchez (4-6) struck out 10 and walked one while earning his first shutout
since Sept. 10, 2011 at Pittsburgh when he was a member of the Marlins.
"We need to take care of our game. We don't have to pay attention to what the
White Sox are going to do, or whether the White Sox win or lose," Sanchez
said. "We need to keep focusing on our game. That's more important."
Prince Fielder and Delmon Young each hit RBI singles in the first inning for
Detroit, which has won the first two games of this series.
Bruce Chen (11-13) allowed two runs on 10 hits over 6 2/3 innings for the
Royals, who have dropped three straight. The left-hander struck out five and
"They came ready to play. I left a couple pitches up and they got some base
hits," Chen said. "But we played hard and we never gave in."
The Tigers scored all the runs they would need in the first inning. Austin
Jackson and Omar Infante hit consecutive singles to put men on first and
second. After Miguel Cabrera flied out, Fielder and Young hit back-to-back RBI
singles to make it 2-0.
Kansas City stranded runners on first and second in the fourth and sixth. Alex
Gordon and Billy Butler hit consecutive two-out singles in the fourth, before
Salvador Perez lined out.
In the sixth, Alcides Escobar reached base on a bunt single and Gordon walked.
Butler stepped to the plate with two outs and struck out swinging.
Sanchez retired the final 10 batters he faced.
The Tigers lead the season series by a 9-4 margin ... Sanchez has seven
complete games and five shutouts in his career ... Chen fell to 5-6 in 17
career meetings with the Tigers ... Detroit acquired pitcher Greg Ross from
the Atlanta Braves to complete their Aug. 31 trade ... Cabrera went 0-for-3
and had a 14-game hitting streak snapped.
09/25 23:42:41 ET