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Johnny Giavotella Hits First Career Home Run And Alex Gordon Is Tossed As Royals Defeat Tigers 4-3

The Royals outfield had two more assists on Sunday, giving them 40 on the year.

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Ironically all three games in the series this weekend against the Tigers ended up with final scores of 4-3, as Kansas City was finally able to defeat Detroit on Sunday after losing the first two.

It was a good outing overall for Bruce Chen who was able to keep his pitch count in check and likely would have been to able to go six innings if it were not for a rain-delay.

The Royals scored three in the fourth inning against Mizzou alum Max Scherzer on RBI's by three different players including a Mitch Maier triple.

Johnny Giavotella capped off an impressive weekend debut with a solo home run in the fifth off Scherzer to make it 4-0 before the rains came. Giavotella was 2-for-4 with two runs scored on Sunday and finished with a homestand batting .455/.500/.909.

Detroit would score three times in the sixth to draw closer, but the bullpen of Louis Coleman, Greg Holland, and Joakim Soria helped Kansas City close it out. Chen moves to 6-5 with the win, while Soria picked up his 21st save.

As of the moment, Holland seemingly has locked down the 8th inning job much like Aaron Crow had earlier in the year. Holland has a 1.37 ERA and 0.89 WHIP in 39.1 innings tossed this season.

Things got interesting in the bottom of the eighth when Alex Gordon was tossed after home plate umpire Rob Drake didn't take kindly to Gordon tossing his helmet/bat after striking out. Ned Yost came out to Gordon's defense and was ultimately ejected as well.

Earlier in the game Gordon picked up his 18th outfield assist of the season, breaking a Royals team record held by Mark Teahen.