Jeremy Guthrie #11 of the Kansas City Royals throws in the sixth inning during a game against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium on June 10, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
(DETROIT FREE PRESS) - Miguel Cabrera's two-run home run wasn't enough to overcome a three-run third inning as the Detroit Tigers lost to the Kansas City Royals, 3-2, tonight in Kansas City, Mo.
Doug Fister (5-4) pitched eight innings and gave up three earned runs on nine hits (no walks) and three strikeouts.
The Tigers struck first in the third. With one out, Torii Hunter doubled down the leftfield line for his second hit in as many at bats. Then on a 1-0 pitch, Cabrera hammered one deep over the leftfield wall for his 18th home run of the season.
But the Royals answered in the bottom of the inning. Alcides Escobar reached on an infield single to short. Then with one out, Eric Hosmer singled to right, putting runners at the corners. Salvador Perez followed with a shot in the gap in right-center that Avisail Garcia came up short on with a dive. The ball rolled to the wall for a two-run triple.
With two outs, Lorenzo Cain hit a grounder in the hole at short and beat out Jhonny Peralta's throw to first, scoring Perez and giving Kansas City the lead.
Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie allowed just one baserunner in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. With one out in the seventh, Garcia singled and Andy Dirks was hit with a pitch. K.C. brought in Aaron Crow from the bullpen and he got Hunter to pop out to right and Cabrera to strike out to end the inning.
From there, the Royals' bullpen held on to the lead. Tim Collins got two outs in the eighth and was lifted in favor of Kevin Herrera. He gave up a single to Jhonny Peralta, but got Alex Avila to ground out to second.
In the ninth, Greg Holland struck out Omar Infante and Garcia before getting Dirks to fly out to right to end the game, solidifying the Royals' sixth straight win.
Guthrie (7-3) went 6 1/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits and three walks.