Detroit Tigers’ Niko Goodrum, left, heads home to score, after Jeimer Candelario, foreground, had scored against the Kansas City Royals on a single by Jorge Bonifacio during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)AP
DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers recorded their first shutout of the season as starter Matthew Boyd and three relievers combined to blank the Kansas City Royals 6-0 on Tuesday night at Comerica Park.
Boyd allowed only two hits over 5 2/3 innings, although he did walk four batters, including the last two he faced. Jose Cisnero, Buck Farmer and Bryan Garcia carried the shutout through the final out.
The Tigers scored three in the first to jump out to an early lead on Royals starter Jakob Junis, who failed to make it out of the third.
Miguel Cabrera had a double, homer and three walks, the first time he has reached base five times in a game since May 16, 2017.
Cabrera’s double to the left-center gap in the sixth inning off Royals reliever Matt Harvey had an exit velocity of 112.2 mph, according to Statcast, which is his hardest-hit ball since a double against Kevin Gausman on April 18, 2018.
The Tigers also got production from their two hottest hitters. First baseman Jeimer Candelario, who was named AL Player of the Week on Monday, had three singles. Shortstop Willi Castro had two singles and a solo home run.
Second baseman Niko Goodrum, in his first game since returning from the injured list, had two singles, a walk and two strikeouts.
The Tigers (21-26) and Royals (20-29) wrap up their brief two-game series on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m.
Top 9th: The Royals recorded all three of their outs against reliever Bryan Garcia on groundouts to second base. Final: Tigers 6, Royals 0.
Bottom 8th: The Tigers once again got the first two runners on base but failed to score in the eighth. Jeimer Candelario hit into a double play that was one tag away from being a triple play. Tigers 6, Royals 0.
Top 8th: Tigers reliever Buck Farmer gave up a lead-off single but retired the next three batters for a scoreless eighth. Tigers 6, Royals 0.
Bottom 7th: Jorge Bonifacio and Austin Romine led off the inning with back-to-back singles against Chance Adams, but he retired the next three to escape. Tigers 6, Royals 0.
Top 7th: Tigers reliever Jose Cisnero struck out three Royals in a lengthy half-inning that also included a walk and a single. The Tigers shutout continues. Tigers 6, Royals 0.
Bottom 6th: Royals reliever Matt Harvey struck out Daz Cameron and Victor Reyes to open the inning, then allowed a home run to Willi Castro, a well-struck double to Miguel Cabrera and a single to Jeimer Candelario. Then he left the field with an athletic trainer. Chance Adams entered the game and finished his last at-bat, striking out Niko Goodrum to end the inning. Tigers 6, Royals 0.
Top 6th: Matthew Boyd was on his way to finishing a strong start by retiring his final 10 batters. Instead, he walked Maikel Franco and Hunter Dozier and couldn’t make it out of the sixth. Reliever Jose Cisnero got a groundout to end the inning. Tigers 5, Royals 0.
Bottom 5th: Royals rookie reliever Tyler Zuber loaded the bases on a single and two walks, then proceeded to strike out three straight batters — Jorge Bonifacio, Austin Romine and Isaac Paredes — to end the inning. The Tigers missed a big opportunity to pad their lead. Tigers 5, Royals 0.
Top 5th: Another 1-2-3 inning for Matthew Boyd, who got Bubba Starling swinging followed by two groundouts. Tigers 5, Royals 0.
Bottom 4th: Royals reliever Jake Newberry retired the side in order, getting Victor Reyes and Willi Castro swinging. Tigers 5, Royals 0.
Top 4th: Matthew Boyd pitched a 1-2-3 fourth, striking out Hunter Dozier and Kelvin Gutierrez. Tigers 5, Royals 0.
Bottom 3rd: The Tigers picked up two more runs and knocked Royals starter Jakob Junis from the game in the third. Miguel Cabrera had a solo homer to right, his sixth of the year and 483rd of his career. Jeimer Candelario singled and scored on a sacrifice fly. Tigers 5, Royals 0.
Top 3rd: Matthew Boyd gave up a lead-off walk to No. 9 hitter Nicky Lopez and a two-out double to Salvador Perez. He went 3-2 to clean-up man Maikel Franco, who lined out to center to end the inning. Tigers 3, Royals 0.
Bottom 2nd: Tigers third baseman Isaac Paredes doubled down the third-base line to open the inning, but he was erased on a double play when Victor Reyes lined out to shortstop. Tigers 3, Royals 0.
Bottom 1st: Niko Goodrum had an RBI single in his first at-bat back from the injured list. He hustled to second on the throw and then scored on Jorge Bonifacio’s two-run double. The Tigers are up early on Jakob Junis, who has historically pitched well against Detroit. Tigers 3, Royals 0.
Top 1st: Whit Merrifield, who rivals the White Sox’ Tim Anderson as a thorn in the Tigers’ side, led off the game with a double off the wall in right-center. He stole third but was nabbed running home on a grounder to shortstop. He probably would have been safe if he had slid. Royals 0, Tigers 0.
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