The Detroit Tigers had a rough start to their season, but have started to gain some ground back in the AL Central with a solid winning streak. On Saturday, they made that streak more impressive with an 8-9 victory over the Kansas City Royals, making them winners in their last four outings. It was the second game of a three-game set.
Doug Fister was the winning pitcher, picking up that much-needed win to move to 2-6 on the season. Still, his outing wasn't a very stellar one - he lasted six innings, giving up eight hits and four runs while striking out two and walking three. He also allowed one homerun, a solo shot by Mike Moustakes to right field.
It was Jose Valverde that almost lost Detroit the game. HE came in for the ninth inning and gave up three runs off of two hits with two walks. But in the end, he was able to stop the bleeding and seal the one-point victory.
Bruce Chen started the game for the Royals, and he was shelled right off the bat. He lasted just over three innings, giving up nine hits and six runs, with two walks and three strikeouts. He gave way to Nate Adcock, who gave up two runs in relief, which was enough to give the Tigers a win.
They'll try to close out the first half of the season with a five-game winning streak and a sweep of the Royals on Sunday.