Tigers Rally Past Royals 4-3 with Walk-off

Alex Gonzalez provided the game-winning single in the ninth and Joe Nathan allowed no hits in one inning of relief as Detroit topped Kansas City, 4-3. The Tigers reached first 11 times and struck out in only four at-bats. Kansas City had a wOBA of just .249, despite a season average of .345.

With the game tied at 1-1 in the top of the fourth and the Royals batting, Salvador Perez scored on a single by Lorenzo Cain off starter Justin Verlander. Later that same inning, Omar Infante drew a bases-loaded walk from Verlander to score Cain to bring the score to 3-1.

Verlander (0-0) put in six innings of work and picked up a no-decision after he gave up two runs on six hits with two strikeouts and three walks. Nathan (1-0) notched his first win after striking out no one and walking no one. The loss went to Wade Davis (0-1), who registered 1 1/3 innings and allowed one run on one hit with no strikeouts and two walks. Gonzalez was terrific at the plate for the Tigers, going 2 for 4 with a triple and two RBIs. Victor Martinez also contributed, going 1 for 4 with a home run, a run, and an RBI. Perez was 4 for 4 with two doubles, a run, and an RBI in the loss.

The Tigers will play the Royals again Wednesday at Comerica Park at 1:08 PM EDT.


Royals Pitching
Grade Player IP ERA WHIP HA SO BB PC
B 84.9 A. Crow 0.2 0.00 1.50 1 1 0 12
B 83.0 J. Shields 6.1 4.26 0.95 5 3 1 105
D 62.2 W. Davis 1.1 6.75 2.25 1 0 2 33
F 55.0 G. Holland 0.0 1 0 0 4


Royals Offense
Grade Player P AB H R HR RBI BB SO
A+ 105.3 S. Perez C 4 4 1 0 1 0 0
B 84.1 E. Hosmer 1B 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
C 76.7 L. Cain CF 4 1 1 0 1 0 0
C 75.0 A. Gordon LF 3 0 1 0 0 1 0
C 74.7 B. Butler DH 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
C 74.0 A. Escobar SS 3 0 0 0 0 1 0
C- 71.3 O. Infante 2B 4 0 0 0 1 1 0
D 62.0 M. Moustakas 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
F 57.0 N. Aoki RF 5 0 0 0 0 0 2


Tigers Pitching
Grade Player IP ERA WHIP HA SO BB PC
A 95.5 J. Nathan 1.0 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 13
A 94.4 E. Reed 1.0 0.00 0.00 0 0 0 10
B+ 87.8 A. Alburquerq 1.0 0.00 1.00 1 0 0 13
B- 81.3 J. Verlander 6.0 3.00 1.50 6 2 3 105


Tigers Offense
Grade Player P AB H R HR RBI BB SO
A 92.2 A. Gonzalez SS 4 2 0 0 2 0 0
B+ 88.5 V. Martinez DH 4 1 1 1 1 0 0
B+ 88.0 N. Castellano 3B 4 2 0 0 0 0 1
B+ 87.8 A. Avila C 2 1 1 0 0 2 1
B 86.5 M. Cabrera 1B 3 1 0 0 0 1 0
B 85.2 A. Jackson CF 4 1 1 0 0 0 1
D 65.0 R. Davis LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D 62.0 I. Kinsler 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
D- 60.0 T. Hunter RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 1