Royals rally in 9th, top Tigers to end 9-game skid

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Nicholas Castellanos and Miguel Cabrera drove in three runs apiece and the Detroit Tigers rolled to a 12-4 victory over the struggling Kansas City Royals on Saturday. Since blowing out the Seattle Mariners 10-0 back on April 9, they have dropped eight straight games and had two postponements. Runners moved up: Escobar, Jay, Candelario.

The Royals gave up 31 runs in three games to Toronto prior to the series, then had trouble scoring in the doubleheader until the final inning.

The Tigers led 2-1 in the ninth of the nightcap before pinch hitter Abraham Almonte hit a tying bloop single with one out. He twirled seven shutout innings against Detroit in his first start this year. He went 1-0 with a 4.13 ERA against the Tigers last season, allowing 13 runs on 28 hits and 10 walks in 28 ⅓ innings of work.

Merrifield tied it in the fifth with a two-out solo shot off Norris. He will man center and take first hacks against Danny Duffy and the Royals. He didn't strike out a batter and walked one. He has a 1.41 WHIP with a 3.86 ERA.

Michael Fulmer is coming off a really poor start at Cleveland, allowing six earned runs in three innings of work. That came after going six shutout innings against the White Sox. Tigers starter Daniel Norris gave up one run on three hits and struck out five in 4 2/3 innings. He was strong again in his last outing against the Angels, giving up just two runs in 5 1/3 innings of work. He's only got nine games (seven starts) under his belt but he tossed 6.1 shutout frames in his major league debut against Detroit last season. He is coming off of his worst start of the year against the Indians. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 7.94, along with a K/9 of 7.41.

Kansas City's offensive production been powered by third baseman Mike Moustakas and first baseman Lucas Duda.

On the other side of the ledger, Tigers third baseman, Jeimer Candelario, has found himself a bit of a groove as of late.

Kansas City was off on Thursday, so it couldn't add to its current eight-game losing streak. Detroit Tigers memorabilia Navin Field, Former Home of the Tigers Old Detroit Tigers uniform Tigers vs. Cubs World Series tickets 1935 World Series program Fans outside the 1935 World Series Briggs Stadium, Former Home of the Tigers Old Tiger Stadium photo Former Home of the Tigers, 1912-1999 Specialty Hot Dogs Merry-Go-Round AmericaJR's Gloria Rzucidlo AmericaJR's Jerome Rzucidlo Grab-N-Go snack shop Detroit Tigers scoreboard Jason with Ty Cobb statue Gloria and Jerome Rzucidlo Pre-Game Stretch Watering the field...

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