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Ervin Santana’s gem keeps Royals moving towards the AL Wild Card

Sep 14, 2013, 9:47 PM EDT

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Royals starter Ervin Santana was once again excellent, blanking the Tigers over six and two-thirds innings of work. The right-hander allowed just five hits and walked one while striking out five. He was lifted in the seventh after recording the second out following back-to-back singles, though his pitch count was only at 83. Lefty Will Smith was brought in to face Alex Avila. Avila was pinch-hit for by Nick Castellanos, who flew out to end the inning.

The Royals got their only run in the first when Eric Hosmer tripled to center, scoring Alex Gordon. Otherwise, Tigers starter Doug Fister was excellent, throwing seven and two-thirds quality innings.

Luke Hochevar pitched a scoreless eighth for the Royals, lowering his ERA to 1.67. Greg Holland worked around a lead-off walk in the ninth for his 43rd save of the season, lowering his ERA to 1.33.

With the victory (their 14th in their last 20 games), the Royals improve to 78-70, moving them three games behind the Rays for the second AL Wild Card. They are now tied with the Orioles and a half-game behind the Yankees. The Indians are in the process of wrapping up a victory over the White Sox to move one game behind the Rays.

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    A nice nail biting win for KC. In the all important loss column they have 70 which ties them with the Yankees and the Orioles. Cleveland has 68 losses while Texas and Tampa Bay both have 66 losses. Tampa Bay is in a rain delay against the Twins, but have a 4 to 0 lead after 3.5 innings.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 15, 2013 at 12:34 AM

      The Rays won, so they are now tied with Texas. The Indians are 1.5 games behind. The Yankees are 3 games behind, the Royals and the Orioles are 3.5 games behind.

  2. chill1184 - Sep 14, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    4 way tie! 4 way tie! 4 way tie!

  3. toodrunktotastethischicken - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Between the AL Wildcard being so damn close and the 3 headed monster that is the NL central these last couple of weeks are going to be pretty exciting as a baseball fan.

  4. mgv38 - Sep 15, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    “Nick Castellanos, who flew out to end the inning.”

    And boy, are his arms tired.

    It’s “flied out,” Bill.

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