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Jorge Soler saves the Royals again in win over Tigers

Jorge Soler gets it done on offense and defense in 4-2 Royals win

Royals right fielder Jorge Soler provided the game-winning single in the eighth inning and then made a sliding catch in the ninth inning to help the team with a 4-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday May 4, 2018.
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Royals right fielder Jorge Soler provided the game-winning single in the eighth inning and then made a sliding catch in the ninth inning to help the team with a 4-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday May 4, 2018.

If there was any momentum to be built after Thursday’s barrage of 10 runs on 13 hits, it did not seem the Royals would take advantage of it Friday.

They had tallied three hits through seven innings against the Tigers. They stranded only one man on base — but it was because Whit Merrifield, Salvador Perez and Lucas Duda each grounded into inning-ending double plays against Detroit starting pitcher Francisco Liriano.

But when reliever Joe Jimenez entered the Royals’ half of the eighth inning with one out and the bases loaded, the Royals rallied for a 4-2 win at Kauffman Stadium.

Royals outfielder Jorge Soler, who has reached base in 19 straight games and is the owner of a career-best 10-game hitting streak, scorched a go-ahead, two-run single up the third-base side and under the glove of the Tigers’ James McCann. Moments later, Soler augmented the joy of Royals fans in attendance by making a sliding grab in foul territory for the second out of the ninth inning.

Soler has provided similar firepower on multiple occasions this week, including an extra-innings, go-ahead home run against the Red Sox in Boston on Tuesday and a tie-breaking solo blast in Thursday's win.

In the moments after Perez dumped a bucket of ice water down his back, Soler took more joy in his defensive performance than anything else. MLB's Statcast system rated the ninth-inning play a three-star catch: Soler covered 63 feet in 4 seconds.

"I was playing in. When I saw the line drive heading to the wall, I was like, ‘Let’s slide,'" Soler said. "It’s a play we’ve been practicing. We were working on that early today."

The Royals improved to 10-22, with neither Liriano or Royals starting pitcher Ian Kennedy (six scoreless innings, three hits, one walk, seven strikeouts) factoring into the decision.

Instead, Blaine Boyer, who allowed two runs on a two-out double to the Tigers' JaCoby Jones in the eighth that put the Royals at a 2-0 disadvantage, won his first game in a Royals uniform. Kelvin Herrera notched his sixth save.

And Soler went home the savior again.

"We all know the talent he has," Merrifield said. "Knew it was a matter of time before he started putting it together. Everyone now can sort of see what he’s capable of."

Royals 4, Tigers 2

TableStyle: SP-basebattersCCI Template: SP-basebatters

Detroi

AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Martin cf

4

0

0

0

0

3

.274

Candelario 3b

4

1

2

0

0

0

.290

Castellanos rf

3

0

0

0

1

1

.302

Martinez dh

3

0

3

0

1

0

.247

Reyes pr-dh

0

1

0

0

0

0

.118

Jones lf

4

0

1

2

0

1

.262

Hicks 1b

4

0

1

0

0

1

.250

McCann c

4

0

2

0

0

0

.269

Iglesias ss

4

0

0

0

0

1

.211

Machado 2b

4

0

0

0

0

1

.204



TableStyle: SP-basebattersCCI Template: SP-basebatters

Kansas City

AB

R

H

BI

BB

SO

Avg.

Merrifield 2b

3

0

0

1

0

0

.244

Soler rf

4

0

1

2

0

2

.309

Moustakas dh

4

0

1

0

0

0

.297

Perez c

2

0

0

0

1

0

.292

Cuthbert 3b

2

1

0

0

1

0

.207

Jay lf

3

1

2

0

0

1

.276

Almonte cf

0

0

0

0

0

0

.224

Duda 1b

3

0

0

0

0

1

.229

Gordon cf-lf

3

1

1

0

0

1

.304

Escobar ss

2

1

1

0

1

0

.223



TableStyle: SP-basebyinningsCCI Template: SP-basebyinnings

Detroit

000

000

020

2

9

1

Kansas City

000

000

04x

4

6

0

E—Hicks (2). LOB—Detroit 7, Kansas City 2. 2B—Candelario (10), Jones (5). RBIs—Jones 2 (8), Merrifield (11), Soler 2 (12). SB—Escobar (2). CS—McCann (1). SF—Merrifield. DP—Detroit 3, Kansas City 1.

TableStyle: SP-basepitchersCCI Template: SP-basepitchers

Detroit

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Liriano

7

3

1

1

2

5

2.97

Stumpf, L, 1-1, H, 4

<AF>1/3

2

2

2

0

0

3.00

Jimenez, BS, 1-1

<AF>2/3

1

1

1

1

0

2.76

TableStyle: SP-basepitchersCCI Template: SP-basepitchers

Kansas City

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

ERA

Kennedy

6

6

0

0

1

7

2.92

McCarthy

1

1

0

0

0

0

2.02

Boyer, W, 1-0

1

2

2

2

1

1

13.50

Herrera, S, 6-7

1

0

0

0

0

0

0.71

Liriano pitched to 1 batter in the 8th. Inherited runners-scored—Stumpf 1-0, Jimenez 3-3. WP—Jimenez. T—2:49. A—24,648 (37,903).

AP-WF-05-05-18 0324GMT

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