Kansas City, MO (WKZO) – Miguel Cabrera and Andy Dirks each hit solo home runs and Doug Fister picked up his eighth win of the years as the Tigers avoided getting swept after beating the Royals 4-1 in the series finale on Sunday afternoon.
Cabrera and Dirks each hit solo shots off of the Royals starter James Shields in the first and fifth innings respectively. For Cabrera it was his 31st home run of the year, but he still trails Baltimore’s Chris Davis by six for the Major League lead.
The Tigers started the top of the seventh with three straight singles to load the bases off Shields but could only manage one run on a sac fly by Brayan Pena scored Prince Fielder from third base, doubling their lead to 3-1. Shields (4-7) gave up nine hits and struck out six over seven innings of work.
Pena added a second sac fly in the ninth inning increasing the lead to 4-1.
Fister was really good in six innings of work, allowing just one run on a solo home run to Miguel Tejada in the third inning. Fister struck out five and walked one but did hit his league leaging 14th batter of the year.
Drew Smyly and Bruce Rondon tossed two scoreless innings in relief and Joaquin Benoit closed out the game, picking up his ninth save of the year
Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta each went 2 for 4 with a double.
The Tigers now head to Chicago to face the White Sox for four games starting on Monday night. Max Scherzer (13-1, 3.19 ERA) gets the start in the opener for Detroit against the White Sox lefty All-Star Chris Sale (6-8, 2.85).