Detroit Josh Anderson and the Kansas City Royals capitalized on third baseman Ryan Raburn’s sloppy day in the field and the Detroit Tigers’ struggles at the plate.
Anderson scored the go-ahead run in the 10th inning on Raburn’s third error of the game, lifting the Royals to a 3-2 victory over the Tigers on Sunday.
“We’ll take anything right now,” Kansas City manager Trey Hillman said. “Detroit made some mistakes, especially at third base, and we were able to capitalize.”
The Tigers missed several chances to avoid extra innings, going 0-for-16 with runners in scoring position.
“I really have no problems, because we were trying to do the right thing,” Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. “It’s a shame, but you have to give them credit for not letting us get the big hit.”
With one out in the 10th, Anderson reached on a dribbler down the third-base line. David DeJesus followed with a routine grounder to third, but the ball hit off Raburn’s glove and went through his legs for his second error of the game.
Both runners moved up on Willie Bloomquist’s comebacker to Fernando Rodney (2-3) and Billy Butler followed with another grounder. Raburn’s throw to first pulled Miguel Cabrera off the bag as Anderson scampered home against his former team.
“Give Billy credit — he’s one of the slowest runners on our team, and if he doesn’t hustle there, Cabrera might be able to tag him,” Hillman said. “That’s how you take advantage of mistakes.”
Joakim Soria (3-0) threw two scoreless innings to get the win.
“I rolled the dice a bit — that’s the first time I’ve brought him into a tie game on the road,” Hillman said. “I was committed to using him for two innings if we were winning, and with the middle of their order coming up, I figured it was time for him.”