Jackson, Porcello lead Tigers over RoyalsMay 2, 2012 - 3:15 AM
Detroit's win started a shortened two-game series. The scheduled opener was postponed on Monday because of rain and will be made up Sept. 24.
Porcello (2-2) allowed three runs on seven hits, striking out three without a walk. He had given up 14 runs in 7 2/3 innings over his previous two starts.
Jackson singled and scored in a five-run first inning and highlighted a three- run rally in the third with his double. He also saved a home run in the ninth inning by reaching over to catch Jeff Francoeur's hit, which had bounced off the top of the wall in left-center field.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland picked up his 1,600th career win, passing Tommy Lasorda for 17th place all-time.
"We got some really nice hitting, but to me tonight the key was pitching and defense," said Leyland. "We looked good. Tonight we looked like a good club."
Royals starter Luke Hochevar (2-2) gave up nine runs in just four innings -- including five with no outs in the first -- to take the loss. He allowed 12 hits and three walks and struck out two.
Porcello hit 95 mph on his fastball three times in the top of the first and the Tigers spotted him a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the inning, scoring all five runs with no outs.
Back-to-back singles by Jackson and Brennan Boesch leading off the inning were followed by Miguel Cabrera's RBI double inside the right field line.
Two runs came home on first baseman Eric Hosmer's errant throw home on Prince Fielder's ground ball while the other two scored after singles by Andy Dirks and Jhonny Peralta.
"That's what happens when you don't execute. Even when I did execute, they squared them up," said Hochevar. "I was just poor all around. Right out of the gate I put us in a 5-0 hole and that's tough to climb out of."
Hochevar remained in the game and gave up three more runs in the third on an RBI single by Don Kelly and a two-run double by Jackson, making it 8-0 Detroit.
Dirks hurt his hamstring legging out a one-out double in the fourth -- Alex Gordon lost the fly ball in left and let it drop -- and was replaced pinch- runner Brad Eldred, who scored on Peralta's single to make it 9-0. Ramon Santiago followed with a base hit, but Peralta was thrown out at third to end the inning.
The Tigers said Dirks left the game with hamstring tightness and is day-to- day.
Francoeur scored KC's first run in the fifth inning after leading off with a single, going to third on Yuniesky Betancourt's double and coming home on Humberto Quintero's ground out.
Jarrod Dyson hit a leadoff single in the sixth and scored on Gordon's double to get the Royals within 9-2. Dyson hit a one-out triple in the eighth and came across on Gordon's ground out for KC's third run.
Phil Coke worked around Francoeur's ground-rule double off the top of the wall in the ninth to finish off the win for Detroit.
The Tigers swept a three-game series in Kansas City last month and have won five in a row against the Royals...Hochevar's ERA ballooned from 4.98 to 7.36...Detroit had 14 hits, including two apiece from Cabrera, Dirks and Peralta.
- KANSAS CITY: 3
May 1 9:35 PM
- Alex Gordon grounded out to first scored Jarrod Dyson. None on with two outs and Billy Butler due up.
Royals 3, Tigers 9 Top 8, 2 OutsMay 1 9:11 PM
- Alex Gordon doubled to left scored Jarrod Dyson. Runner on second with none out and Billy Butler due up.
Royals 2, Tigers 9 Top 6, 0 OutsMay 1 8:40 PM
- Humberto Quintero grounded out second to first scored Jeff Francoeur. On the play, Yuniesky Betancourt advances to third. Runner on third with two outs and Alcides Escobar due up.
Royals 1, Tigers 9 Top 5, 2 OutsMay 1 8:29 PM
- Jhonny Peralta singled to center scored Brad Eldred. Runner on first with two outs and Ramon Santiago due up.
Royals 0, Tigers 9 Bot 4, 2 OutsMay 1 8:22 PM
- Austin Jackson doubled to left scored Ramon Santiago and Don Kelly. Runner on second with one out and Brennan Boesch due up.
Royals 0, Tigers 8 Bot 3, 1 OutMay 1 8:04 PM
- Don Kelly doubled to right scored Jhonny Peralta. On the play, Ramon Santiago advances to third. Runners on second and third with one out and Austin Jackson due up.
Royals 0, Tigers 6 Bot 3, 1 OutMay 1 8:04 PM
- Jhonny Peralta singled to right scored Andy Dirks. On the play, Alex Avila advances to second. Runners on first and second with none out and Ramon Santiago due up.
Royals 0, Tigers 5 Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 1 7:32 PM
- Andy Dirks singled to center. On the play, Prince Fielder advances to home on Jarrod Dyson's fielding error. Runner on first with none out and Alex Avila due up.
Royals 0, Tigers 4 Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 1 7:31 PM
- Prince Fielder grounded into a fielder's choice scored Brennan Boesch. On the play, Miguel Cabrera scored on Eric Hosmer's throwing error. Runner on second with none out and Andy Dirks due up.
Royals 0, Tigers 3 Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 1 7:28 PM
- Miguel Cabrera doubled to right scored Austin Jackson. On the play, Brennan Boesch advances to third. Runners on second and third with none out and Prince Fielder due up.
Royals 0, Tigers 1 Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 1 7:19 PM
- KANSAS CITY: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
May 1 7:07 PM
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