Santana’s 2-run homer in 9th lifts Royals over Tigers 3-2


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Carlos Santana belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Kansas City Royals a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

Kansas City was held to three hits until the ninth, when Whit Merrifield led off with an infield single before Santana connected against Michael Fulmer (3-3).

Kyle Zimmer (3-0) struck out three in two hitless innings for the win.

Royals manager Mike Matheny was ejected for the second time this season for arguing in the sixth.

Detroit scored twice in the first against Kris Bubic, sparked by Robbie Grossman’s leadoff double. Jeimer Candelario and Ethan Haase each hit an RBI single, and the Tigers had the bases loaded with one out. Bubic prevented further damage and pitched scoreless ball after that.

Bubic allowed six hits in five innings with three strikeouts and three walks. Royals relievers Tyler Zuber, Scott Barlow and Zimmer held the Tigers scoreless.

Detroit starter Casey Mize pitched three-hit ball for 6 1/3 innings, striking out six and walking one.

Mize exited with a 2-0 lead and runners at the corners. Pinch-hitter Hanser Alberto drove in Andrew Benintendi with a sacrifice fly off Gregory Soto to put the Royals on the board.

Detroit stranded nine runners.


The Royals and Tigers donned special jerseys honoring the Detroit Stars and Kansas City Monarchs as part of the annual Salute to the Negro Leagues game in Kansas City.


Royals: 3B Hunter Dozier went 1 for 5 with an RBI double in his first game of a rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha. Dozier went on the seven-day injured list May 14 with a concussion following a collision with José Abreu in Chicago.


Detroit hosts Cleveland for a four-game series. Spencer Turnbull (3-2, 2.88 ERA), fresh off his no-hitter in Seattle, will take the mound for the Tigers on Monday.

Kansas City opens a six-game road trip against Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Brad Keller (3-4, 6.52) makes his 10th start of the season.

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