Tigers 2, Royals 1
After a couple of losses to kick off the series, the Tigers turned to their ace and stopper, David Price (6 GS, 40 IP, 2.93 ERA, 3.04 FIP), who delivered a terrific performance en route to the team’s 16th victory of the season. The Tigers pushed across single runs in the 3rd and 5th, but the story of the day was the way Price moved through the Royals’ lineup. He pitched to no more than four batters in an inning, getting quick outs, and nailing down a complete game in relatively easy fashion. He lost the shutout when Cain took him deep in the 9th, but it was an otherwise excellent outing. The most interesting moment came in the 7th inning when Anthony Gose was called out for failing to retouch second base on a fly out. The umpires ruled that he slide into the base, got up, retouched the base, but stepped toward third on his way back to first, meaning that he had to touch second again. After reading the rules three times, there appears to be no grounds for the call. The challenge took three minutes and the umps still seemed to get it wrong. The Tigers shrugged it off without incident and finished the game, giving themselves a chance to split the series behind Anibal Sanchez (5 GS, 29.2 IP, 5.46 ERA, 4.08 FIP) on Sunday.
The Moment: Andrew Romine makes an over the shoulder running catch in the 9th.