Kris Bubic reversed a season-long trend with an outstanding start as the Kansas City Royals earned a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night in the opening game of a three-game series.
Bubic allowed one run on six hits in six innings, walking two and striking out four.
Bubic (3-4) also induced three ground-ball double plays in his six innings.
Greg Holland pitched a perfect ninth to earn his seventh save in 11 chances.
The loss snapped Detroit’s seven-game winning streak. The Tigers have the best record (18-10) in baseball since June 20.
Bubic has struggled as a starter in 2021. He owns a 2.96 ERA in eight relief appearances this season, opposed to a 6.34 ERA in his eight starts prior to Friday’s game.
Wily Peralta (3-2) took the loss. He gave up five runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Jonathan Schoop’s sixth-inning single extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games.
The Tigers got on the board in the third when Willi Castro led off with his seventh home run of the season. But the Royals answered with a run in the bottom of the inning on a two-out RBI single by Whit Merrifield, scoring Hunter Dozier. It was the second earned run allowed in the last 29 1/3 innings for Peralta.
Ryan O’Hearn then put the Royals up 4-1 when he slugged a three-run home run to center field, his eighth of the season. The Royals added another run in the fifth when Carlos Santana homered into the seats in right field with two outs. It was Santana’s 16th blast.
The Tigers got two runs in the seventh when Castro scored on a wild pitch by Kyle Zimmer and a single by Schoop.
Detroit’s Robbie Grossman saw his career-high, 21-game on-base streak come to an end with 0-for-4 night.
–Field Level Media