Royals 8, Tigers 3
DETROIT (AP)—One day after making a key error in a loss to Minnesota, Ken Harvey redeemed himself.
“This was big for the team, but it was huge for me,” Harvey said. “I haven’t been playing the way I feel like I can, so it felt good to help the team out tonight.”
Thursday night, Harvey’s failure to tag Shannon Stewart on a bunt helped spark Minnesota’s four-run eighth inning in the Twins’ 6-2 win over the Royals.
On Friday, he put Kansas City up 2-1 in the third with a two-run single. Then, when the Tigers put runners on first and second in the fourth, Harvey made an outstanding pickup of Eric Munson’s hard grounder and turned a 3-6-3 double play to end the inning.
“I know Munson pretty well, and I know he can hit the ball as hard as the best of them,” Harvey said. “I was hugging the line and he hit a bullet right at me.”
Manager Tony Pena was proud of his young first baseman’s mental recovery after Thursday’s misplay.
“My players know that I’m not going to scream at anyone for one error,” Pena said. “We have young players, and I just want them to put those things out of their heads and start fresh the next day.”
Runelvys Hernandez (5-3) picked up his first win since April 22, ending a six-start winless streak. He allowed two runs on eight hits in six innings, walking two and striking out three.
“I feel so happy about this,” Hernandez said. “We played a pretty good game, and when I made some mistakes, the rest of the team was there to save me. That got me out of some tough situations.”
Wil Ledezma (3-4) allowed four runs and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings for Detroit, which has lost seven of eight overall and fell to 1-9 against the Royals this season.
“That’s a scrappy ballclub, and they do a lot of things well,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. “When you play a good ballclub like that one, they put pressure on you and we have to respond better that that. Give them credit— they are playing with a lot of confidence.”
Pena couldn’t explain his team’s dominance of the Tigers.
“Call it whatever you want—a fluke, luck, whatever,” he said. “Detroit has a very young team, and they are making a lot of mistakes. That’s where we were last year, and they will turn it around just like we did. I know just how they feel right now.”
“We are trying to find out what we have,” Trammell said. “We feel that we are going to get better quicker by giving our young players on-the-jobtraining. But that means taking our lumps.”
Tigers CF Alex Sanchez left after three innings. He appeared to injure his hand diving into first on a bunt single, then was doubled off first after Beltran made a running catch in right-center. Trammell declined to say why Sanchez was taken out. … Kansas City lost a potential run in the first whenGuiel was thrown out stealing just before Beltran tripled to left-center.