The Tigers came together in eighth to sink the Royals

July 17, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielder Matt Vierling (8) scored two double hits against the Kansas City Royals in the eighth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Image: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Vierling green-lighted, two double-runs during the three-run eighth inning as the visiting Detroit Tigers rallied to a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday.

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Brendan White (2-2) had two outs in the seventh inning for the win. Jason Foley scored a scoreless eighth before Alex Lange stopped the Royals in ninth for his 15th save

Akil Baddoo had two hits for Detroit, including a double from Taylor Clarke (1-4) in the deciding eighth inning. After Clarke grounded his next two batters, Riley Greene was hit by a pitch and Spencer Torkelson walked to load the bases.

Detroit then snapped a 20-inning scoreless streak when Jose Cuas hit a four-pointer at Kerry Carpenter. Vierling followed that up with two double runs into right field.

Freddy Fermin had three hits and an RBI for Kansas City, which lost its opener in its four-game series despite beating the Tigers 6-5

Baddoo added a game-saving catch in the left corner of the field with a runner at second base in the bottom of the eighth inning for Detroit, which has won three of its four games since the All-Star break.

Kansas City broke the scoreless series by two runs in the fourth inning against Tigers starter Matt Manning. MJ Melendez picked by one out, moved into second on an incorrect pick-off attempt and scored on Fermin’s single. Nick Pratto followed with an RBI single to left field

Manning was lifted after giving up two unearned runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings. He hit three without walking.

Jordan Lyles of Kansas City made a quality start with three hits allowed over six innings. He walked one and attacked four. Carlos Hernandez followed with a scoreless seventh inning before Detroit rallied in the eighth.

Torkelson went 0-for-3 on foot, ending his eight-hit streak.

Kansas City was without All-Star catcher Salvador Perez, who was listed as a day player with a left hamstring injury.

–Field Level Media

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