DETROIT – Reliever Yohan Pino, called up earlier in the day by Kansas City, threw wildly to first base, allowing Anthony Gose to score the winning run in the ninth inning as the Detroit Tigers beat the Royals 6-5 on Friday.
Gose led off the ninth with a double on Pino’s first pitch, and on the next delivery, Ian Kinsler bunted down the third-base line. Pino (0-1) fielded the ball and threw wildly to first, enabling Gose to score the winning run.
Joakim Soria (2-0) earned the win with a scoreless ninth inning.
Tigers starter David Price gave up five runs and a career-high 13 hits before leaving the game in the seventh inning with a fluke injury. On the single by Alex Gordon that gave Kansas City a 5-4 lead, Price stepped on a discarded bat and appeared to injure his ankle.
The Tigers scored four times in the fourth inning despite two high-risk decisions by third-base coach Dave Clark. With the bases loaded and no outs, Andrew Romine singled to right, and Clark sent Nick Castellanos to the plate, even though he didn’t appear to have a chance to score.
Royals catcher Salvador Perez, though, couldn’t make a clean pickup of Paulo Orlando’s throw, then dropped the ball when he tagged Castellanos. After Gose’s infield single loaded the bases again, Kinsler hit a hard single to right and Clark sent Romine to the plate — another tough call.
This time, Perez caught the ball too far up the first-base line, and Romine was able to slide around his tag, making it 4-0.
Perez made up for two of the runs in the fourth, hitting a long homer to left. Christian Colon added an RBI single, and the Royals tied the game when Castellanos threw away Lorenzo Cain’s two-out grounder to third.
Detroit threatened in the fifth, putting runners on the corners with one out, but Perez dug Colon’s throw out of the dirt and tagged Kinsler at the plate.