DETROIT (Michigan News Source) – Detroit rallied for four runs in the top of the ninth inning but came up shy of the win, 11-10, in Kansas City. Spencer Torkelson launched two home runs and had three hits for five RBI on the day.
With the bases loaded and down, 11-6, with one out, Detroit scored four straight runs with two singles, a walk, and a ground out to pull within one, 11-10. With runners on the corners and two outs, Riley Greene lined out to center field to end the game.
Tarik Skubal started the game going four innings for the loss with three strikeouts and seven earned runs. Five pitchers were used as Jose Cisnero pitched the fifth with three strikeouts followed by Beau Brieske, Chasen Shreve, and Brendan White. All four pitched one inning each.
Matt Vierling added two hits for Detroit as Jake Rogers, Javier Baez, and Nick Maton had one RBI. Akil Baddoo recorded two RBI with no hits.
Detroit took a 2-0 lead after the first inning as Kansas City tied the game at two after three innings. The Royals broke open the game with five runs in the fourth making it 7-2. Detroit cut the lead to two, 7-5, with three runs in the fifth and added one in the six pulling within one, 7-6. Kansas City added two runs in the sixth and eighth inning for an 11-6 lead before Detroit’s four-run rally.
Kansas City will host game three on Wednesday night at 8:10 p.m.