(Detroit, MI) – Prince Fielder and Delmon Young both lifted a two-run homer as the Tigers held off the Royals, 8-7 Saturday. Doug Fister gave up four runs over six-plus frames for the win. Jose Valverde allowed three runs in the ninth in a non-save situation for Detroit, which has won four in-a-row. Mike Moustakas belted a solo bomb, while Alcides Escobar scored three times for Kansas City, which has lost four-of-five. Billy Butler knocked in three runs in the setback. Bruce Chen gave up six runs in three-and-a-third innings for the loss and said after he game that he pitched terribly and let his team down.
Royals manager Ned Yost says they nearly pulled the comeback.
And Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas says the Tigers deserve credit for holding them off.
The Royals will try to avoid the sweep before the all-star break, first pitch this afternoon in Detroit will be at 12:05.
(St. Louis, MO) – Tony Cruz tripled in a pair of runs in the fourth inning as the Cardinals topped the Marlins, 3-2 yesterday. Kyle Lohse tossed seven frames of two-run ball for his ninth win. Jason Motte recorded his 20th save for St. Louis, which has won three-of-four. Carlos Zambrano gave up three runs in five innings for his seventh loss. Justin Ruggiano belted a two-run shot for Miami, which had won three in-a-row. Giancarlo Stanton scored but was lifted in the third due to a knee injury. He is expected to miss about a month.
Cardinals starter and winner Kyle Lohse says they still have things to work on for the second half.
And Cardinals manager Mike Matheny adds that Kyle Lohse is producing on the hill.
The Cards will go for the series win in Florida this afternoon; first pitch at 1:15 central time.