The Detroit Tigers sent out rookie Drew Smyly to the mound against the Kansas City Royals and he struck out a career-high 10 batters in six innings to defeat the Royals 4-2.
The Tigers also got a two-run home run from Delmon Young off of Royals starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez in the bottom of the sixth inning, and that play was the game winner. Royals starting pitcher Sanchez gave up all four runs in his 5.2 innings of work which dropped his record to 1-5, and also extended his winless streak to 10 starts.
The Royals were in this game when they scored a pair of runs in the fifth inning when Brayan Pena hit a RBI double, and then Jason Bourgeois knocked in Pena to tie the game at two runs apiece. Those would be the only runs the Royals would score all night.
The Royals could only manage one more hit from that point on and were shutdown by four Tigers relief pitchers including Jose Valverde who pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 16th save of the year.
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