Rookie Nick Castellanos was one of the Tigers’ bright spots, as he collected his first career MLB base hit in the top of the fifth on what probably should have been an error. Castellanos eventually came around to score when Wade Davis, in relief of starter Danny Duffy, walked Cabrera with the bases loaded. The Tigers squandered the bases loaded situation, though, and had to settle for just one run. The missed opportunities would come back to haunt them later in the game.
Duffy was ineffective and wild in his 4.1 IP start, walking 5 batters while only striking out one. He only gave up two hits, but the walks were what hurt him. Luckily for the Royals, the bullpen did the job, pitching 4.2 IP, allowing one run on 3 hits and one walk, with five strikeouts. Greg Holland nailed down the ninth for Kansas City with a flawless inning of work.
The Tigers fall to 82-60, and the lead in the division is down to 5.5 games, as Cleveland beat the Mets tonight. Doug Fister (12-7, 3.66 ERA) starts tomorrow at 2:10pm for the Tigers, while Bruce Chen (6-2, 2.81 ERA), notorious “Tiger killer,” goes for the Royals.