Det 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
KC 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Date of game: 7/19/2013

Recap: Kansas City vs. Detroit

Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Ervin Santana won a pitcher's duel with Anibal Sanchez by tossing 7 1/3 scoreless innings, and the Kansas City Royals halted a five-game losing streak with a 1-0 decision over the Detroit Tigers in the first outing for both teams since the All-Star break.

Santana (6-6) made Billy Butler's RBI single in the opening inning stand up by limiting Detroit's potent lineup to a pair of singles and a walk while striking out six. Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland finished off the two-hit shutout, with the latter firing a 1-2-3 ninth to notch his 23rd save of the season.

Sanchez (7-7) worked around a season-high five walks to allow just the one run on four hits in his six-inning stint, but was victimized by a lack of offensive support from the AL Central leaders.

"It was a very good game," said Tigers manager Jim Leyland. "We just couldn't get some of the balls to fall in. They earned it. They pitched good and they shut us out."

Butler was the only player from both sides to collect multiple hits, finishing 2-for-4 in the triumph.

The Royals were able to get to Sanchez early, with Alex Gordon opening up the bottom of the first with a single and later stealing second before Butler shot a grounder up the middle to stake Kansas City to an early edge.

"With Anibal, it's good to get a run off of him right away," said Gordon. "We hit the ball well against him ... even though we scored only one run and left a lot of guys on. Even though it doesn't look good, I think it was a good day for our offense."

Santana made it hold up with a dominating performance in which the right- hander set down the first 10 Detroit hitters and cruised into the eighth inning having retired 20 of the 22 men he faced. He was aided by a pair of outstanding catches from center fielder Lorenzo Cain, one on a drive to the wall by Torii Hunter in the top of the first and another on Victor Martinez's deep blast in the fifth.

Kansas City had an opportunity to extend the margin after loading the bases with two out in the bottom of the sixth on a Butler single and a pair of walks. Sanchez got out of the jam, however, by fanning Alcides Escobar swinging on his final pitch of the night.

Santana was lifted after walking Jhonny Peralta with one down in the top of the eighth, with Herrera preserving the shutout bid by recording two quick outs.

Holland, fresh off his first career All-Star nod, then mowed down the side in order in the ninth to put Kansas City's skid to an end.

Game Notes

Holland converted his 16th consecutive save opportunity since May 30, and his total over that stretch trails only Baltimore's Jim Johnson (18) for the most in the majors ... Both Herrera and infielder Chris Getz, who started at second base and went 0-for-2 with a walk, were recalled by the Royals from the minors prior to the game ... Sanchez has permitted just two runs over 22 innings in three career starts against Kansas City, but is just 1-2 in those games ... Santana improved to 5-1 in his last eight assignments against Detroit ... Royals All-Star catcher Salvador Perez went hitless in three at-bats and is 2- for-30 over his last eight games.

Bethune-Cookman elevates Sims to football coach

Bethune-Cookman University didn't need have to look far to keep continuity in its successful Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football program.

Lions' Raiola suspended one game for leg stomp

The NFL suspended Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola one game without pay for stomping on Chicago Bears defensive lineman Ego Ferguson's leg in Sunday's game.

Pirates win bidding process on SS Kang

The Pittsburgh Pirates submitted the highest bid for the negotiating rights to Korean shortstop Jung Ho Kang.

Horford, Aldridge are NBA Players of the Week

Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford and Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge were named the NBA Players of the Week on Monday.

Penguins send three home to be tested for mumps

The Penguins announced Monday that forwards Brandon Sutter and Steve Downie and goaltender Thomas Greiss were sent back to Pittsburgh to be tested for mumps.

Featured Partners
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.