The Detroit Tigers took on the Kansas City Royals in Game 3 of 4 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Detroit was looking for their first win of the series and used powerful pitching to defeat the Royals, 2-1.
David Price got the start for the Tigers and was looking to bounce back from two straight rough starts. He pushed through the tough times and rebounded extremely well. Price went nine innings and gave up just one earned run on five hits. The run was a homer in the ninth inning. The lefty got the win and is now 3-1 with a 2.93 ERA.
"I always want to get 27 outs," Price said. "I want that every fifth day."
Ian Kinsler made contacts on both runs for Detroit, but only one counted as an RBI and the other was an error.
The first run was in the third inning when Kinsler grounded into a fielders choice. Anthony Gose slid into second and made turning a double-play much more difficult. Royals shortstop Christian Colon made the throwing error and Rajai Davis was able to trot home and make it 1-0 in favor of Detroit.
"When he gets on base in a leadoff position he can take a little pressure off the guys behind him," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said of Gose.
The second was in a hit-and-run situation. Kinsler was able to drive the ball into center and the hit-and-run gave Gose easily enough time to touch home. That made it 2-0 in a real pitchers duel.
Kansas City's single run came on a 437 foot home run off the bat of Lorenzo Cain. It was great for momentum, but it was too late for the Royals.
"I've done that before where I get two outs in the ninth (but not finish the shutout)," Price said. "That was a really good pitch to Cain. He's turned himself into a star, not because he hit a homer off me. He's one of the top players in baseball. It's tough to get that guy out four times."
Edinson Volquez toed the slab for the Royals and continued to pitch well, even though he got the loss.
"He (Price) was better than me," Volquez said. "We all know what he can do. It's not a surprise."
Volquez went six innings and gave up two earned runs on five hits and three walks. The veteran threw 102 pitches and struck out four hitters. With the loss, Volquez is 2-3 with a 2.10 ERA.
"Price just pitched a fantastic game," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He was really on top of his game with a 96 miles per hour fastball and command. He had a 2-to-1 strikeout-to-ball ratio."