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Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan Attendance: 16,369
Dixon's walk-off blast lifts Tigers over Royals
Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers
- The Royals allowed a combined six runs in the ninth inning in their four-game set against the Rays, including allowing a go-ahead two-run home run on Thursday. The Royals have a 6.65 ERA in the ninth inning this season, fourth highest in MLB.
- Detroit's starters have a combined 3.51 ERA this season, but its bullpen has a 5.07 ERA. That difference (1.56) is the largest in the American League (starters better).
- The Tigers swept the Royals in April this season, hitting .233 in the series but posting a .364 on-base percentage. The Royals issued 17 walks in that series, their most in any series this season.
- Hunter Dozier's 1.121 OPS is the best in the American League among batting title qualifiers, just ahead of Mike Trout's 1.094 OPS. The last Royal to lead the AL in OPS in a full season was George Brett (1.022) during their 1985 World Series season.
- Ronny Rodriguez has collected a hit in seven of his nine games this season, hitting .303 overall and .391 against right-handed pitching. Last season, he hit just .220 overall, including .197 versus righties.
- The Royals lead MLB in steals this season with 33 -- no other team has more than 25. This includes 10 steals of third base, which is double of any other team in MLB.
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Brandon Dixon blasted a walk-off three-run homer in the 10th inning to lift the host Detroit Tigers to a 5-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.
Dixon's two-out smash to right field was his first home run in the American League. He hit five for Cincinnati last year in his rookie season.
Nicholas Castellanos and Niko Goodrum reached on infield singles prior to Dixon's home run off Ian Kennedy (0-1). Dixon entered the game in the eighth inning as a pinch hitter.
Buck Farmer (2-2) recorded one out to gain the victory. Castellanos and Miguel Cabrera each had two hits and an RBI. Jeimer Candelario reached base for the 18th consecutive game with two walks.
Hunter Dozier homered for the Royals and Kelvin Gutierrez drove in their other run. Ryan O'Hearn added three hits.
Detroit starter Spencer Turnbull gave up one run on six hits in seven innings and struck out seven. Kansas City's Brad Keller allowed two runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out six and walking five.
Kansas City scored a run in the second inning. Jorge Soler led off with a double. O'Hearn then ripped a single, moving Soler to third, and Gutierrez knocked him in with a single.
Detroit tied it in the third. JaCoby Jones led off with a double and Candelario walked. Castellanos singled to left to bring home Jones. Keller recovered by striking out the next two batters and inducing Ronny Rodriguez to ground out.
The Tigers took a 2-1 lead in the fifth. Jones and Candelario walked to lead off the inning. After Jones advanced on a Castellanos flyout, Cabrera singled to bring him in.
Detroit had a chance to extend the lead in the sixth, as it loaded the bases with one out. Scott Barlow relieved Keller and struck out the next two batters to snuff out the threat.
Reliever Joe Jimenez struck out the first two batters he faced in the eighth before Dozier drilled an opposite-field homer to tie the game at 2-all. Dozier has eight homers this season.
--Field Level Media
Updated May 5, 2019