Detroit Tigers drop last game of Kansas City series 5-2, Porcello struggles


Sep 21, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Detroit Tigers shortstop A. Romine (27) makes a throw to first for an out against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Tigers were unable to complete a sweep of the Kansas City, ending their season series against the Royals with a 5-2 loss, but coming out of the series still leading the American League Central by a game and a half. Detroit starter Rick Porcello did not have a good game, pitching only three and a third innings, and giving up four runs on nine hits and two walks. The Tigers’ bullpen was a carousel of relievers, none of whom gave up an additional run, save for Phil Coke, who retired one batter and gave up a run on two hits. Al Alburquerque pitched two innings without giving up a hit or a walk, and Kyle Ryan pitched the bottom of the eighth, also without giving up a run or a hit. An appearance from the elusive Joakim Soria in the seventh inning saw him retire two batters.

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The Tigers’ offense couldn’t get anything going against Jeremy Guthrie, who they had pummeled earlier in the season, and were held hitless until Ian Kinsler hit a home run in the third inning. The Tigers’ other run was unearned and caused by a Royals error. They had a chance when Torii Hunter doubled in the seventh, but Miguel Cabrera went 0-4 and was unable to start any kind of rally.

The Tigers play the White Sox at home tomorrow night at 7:08pm