2:10 PM ET, July 21, 2013
Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Miguel Cabrera is so locked in at the plate that he's even hitting tough pitches.
Cabrera homered on a pitch that was way inside to help Detroit beat Kansas City 4-1 on Sunday and avoid being swept.
It made no difference was. Cabrera knocked it 387 feet down the left-field line for his 31st home run.
"That pitch was way, way inside," Yost said. "That ball was five inches inside. You've got to tip your cap to him for keeping that ball fair."
Said Shields: "That's why he's the best hitter in the game."
"That ball is in on his hands, he hit it hard and kept it fair," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "He's just an amazing hitter and we know that."
Cabrera,the reigning AL MVP, leads the majors with 96 RBIs and 134 hits. Cabrera's home run was his 352nd, passing Dick Allen and tying Ellis Burks for 86th on the all-time list.
"I'm not looking for it (inside)," Cabrera said of the pitch. "I just reacted."
Doug Fister (8-5) picked up the victory with six strong innings, yielding a run, while allowing six hits and striking out five and walking one.
"It was a constant battle from the first pitch," Fister said. "I've been on the mound (over the break), but I was shaking off rust and getting back out there, but I felt great from the first pitch to the last.
"The biggest focus was to get the ball down and around the knees. We executed with that on the better side and that's going to continue to be our focus."
Miguel Tejada tied it in the second with his third home run and the 307th of his career, but that was the only run the Royals could muster off Fister and three relievers. Tejada took an 0-1 Fister pitch out to left.
It was a two-game swing in the standings for the Tigers. A Royals' victory would have pulled them within five of the division leaders, but instead they are seven games back.
"You're always mad when you get a chance to sweep a team and don't do it," Dyson said. "We're just trying to creep back into it."
The Tigers tacked on a run in the seventh. They loaded the bases with none out on Prince Fielder, Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta singles. Peralta's single was off Shields' inner right thigh, but he remained in the game after being checked out by the trainer.
"It hurt really bad," Shields said.
Brayan Pena, a former Royal, brought home Fielder with a sacrifice fly to center.
Shields (4-7), who has won only one of 10 home starts, took the loss, giving up three runs on nine hits, while striking out six in seven innings.
"Anytime you give up three runs in seven innings, you've done a good job," Yost said.
Pena contributed another sacrifice fly in the ninth off Kelvin Herrera, this one scoring Peralta, who doubled with one out and stopped at third on Dirks' single to left.
Joaquin Benoit worked the ninth to log his ninth save in as many opportunities.
Fister plunked Salvador Perez with a pitch in the third and leads the majors with 14 hit batters.
2B Chris Getz was held out of the lineup with a mild medial left knee sprain, which he injured in the fifth inning Saturday. Manager Ned Yost said Getz was available. Tejada replaced Getz at second. ... Tigers CF Austin Jackson snapped an 0-for-18 with a sixth inning single. ... RHP Wade Davis, who starts Monday against Baltimore, is looking for his first Royals' victory since June 16. ... RHP Max Scherzer, who starts Monday for the Tigers at Chicago, is coming off his first loss of the season. Scherzer went 13-0 in his first 18 starts before falling 7-1 on July 13 to Texas, allowing four runs on eight hits in six innings.
KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 21: Starting pitcher Doug Fister #58 of the Detroit Tigers pitches duirng the 1st inning...(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|Kansas City leads 10-9 (as of Sun 7/21)|
|Wed 4/24||@DET 7, KC 5||Recap|
|Thu 4/25||KC 8, @DET 3||Recap|
|Mon 6/10||@KC 3, DET 2||Recap|
|Tue 6/11||DET 3, @KC 2||Recap|
|Wed 6/12||@KC 3, DET 2||Recap|
|Fri 7/19||@KC 1, DET 0||Recap|
|Sat 7/20||@KC 6, DET 5||Recap|
|» Sun 7/21||DET 4, @KC 1||Box Score|
|Thu 8/15||@DET 4, KC 1||Recap|
|Fri 8/16||KC 2, @DET 1||Recap|
|Fri 8/16||KC 3, @DET 0||Recap|
|Sat 8/17||@DET 6, KC 5||Recap|
|Sun 8/18||@DET 6, KC 3||Recap|
|Fri 9/6||DET 16, @KC 2||Recap|
|Sat 9/7||@KC 4, DET 3||Recap|
|Sun 9/8||@KC 5, DET 2||Recap|
|Fri 9/13||@DET 6, KC 3||Recap|
|Sat 9/14||KC 1, @DET 0||Recap|
|Sun 9/15||@DET 3, KC 2||Recap|
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|1st||M Cabrera homered to left (424 feet).||1||0|
|2nd||M Tejada homered to left center (416 feet).||1||1|
|5th||A Dirks homered to center (420 feet).||2||1|
|7th||B Pena hit sacrifice fly to center, P Fielder scored.||3||1|
|9th||B Pena hit sacrifice fly to left, J Peralta scored.||4||1|
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|Stadium||Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO|
|Attendance||20,513 (54.1% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||82 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Vic Carapazza, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Lance Barksdale|
* Miguel Cabrera's HR today was his 352nd, tying Ellis Burks for 86th-most in MLB history * Evan Longoria: 20th HR of season, 150th career HR. Longoria is the 7th player whose primary position was 3B to hit at least 150 HR within his first 6 MLB seasons. The others are Eddie Mathews 222 Mark Reynolds 181 Mike Schmidt 169 Troy Glaus 164 Bob Horner 158 Chipper Jones 153 * Jason Kipnis: 15th HR of season, surpassing the total he had in 591 AB last season (14) * Hanley Ramirez: 10th HR of season. Ramirez has 10 HR in 140 AB. He had 10 HR in 251 AB with the Dodgers last season after they obtained him from the Marlins (for whom he hit 15 HR)
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