Aug 11, 2019 5:02 AM

Montgomery strikes out 12 as Royals beat Tigers 7-0

Posted Aug 11, 2019 5:02 AM

DETROIT -- Mike Montgomery finally got Kansas City a win, 11 years after being drafted by the Royals.

The 30-year-old Montgomery struck out a career-high 12 in seven innings as the Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 7-0 Saturday.

"It took a little while to get my first win as a Royal, but it feels good," Montgomery said. "We needed this one, which makes it even better."

Montgomery was selected in the first round of the 2008 draft, but went to Tampa Bay in a trade for Wade Davis and James Shields in 2012. He made his major-league debut with the Mariners in 2015 before winning a World Series ring with the Cubs in 2016.

On July 15, he returned to Kansas City in a trade for catcher Martin Maldonado.

"I would have never believed it if you would have told me it would take this long to win for Kansas City," he said. "I've had a lot of experiences since I was last with the Royals, so to win this game and do it with a career-high in strikeouts makes it even sweeter."

Jorge Soler homered and scored twice for the Royals, who had lost six of seven.

The Tigers were trying to win three straight games for the first time since May 28-31, against the Orioles and Braves.

"He had a great changeup and he came hard inside on a lot of guys," Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We really didn't even hit many balls hard."

Montgomery (2-5) picked up his first win of the year as a starter, allowing four singles without walking a batter. He struck out 10 Royals for Seattle on June 13, 2015.

"That was enjoyable to watch," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "You could tell right from the outset that he was on his game."

Spencer Turnbull (3-10) pitched six innings, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk.

Neither team had a baserunner until Whit Merrifield singled to start the fourth. Turnbull retired the next two batters before Jorge Soler homered off the brick wall behind the stands in right-center.

"I knew he hit it hard, but that's the deepest part of the ballpark, so I wasn't sure," Yost said. "I had to look again to see where it hit. He really crushed it."

It was Soler's second homer in as many games and 33rd of the season.

Brandon Dixon broke up Montgomery's perfect game with a leadoff single in the fifth, but was caught stealing.

"He was really tough out there," Tigers catcher Jake Rogers said. "He went right after us and we weren't able to do anything against him."

The top three in Detroit's order -- Victor Reyes, Niko Goodrum and Miguel Cabrera -- went 0-6 with six strikeouts the first two times through the order.

The Royals made it 4-0 off Gregory Soto in the seventh. With two out, Soto misplayed a grounder by Meibrys Viloria. He recovered with time to throw out the bulky Viloria, but threw the ball into right field, allowing Soler and Bubba Starling to score.

"Once the ball hit off his glove, he just panicked," Gardenhire said. "All he had to do was make a nice, easy throw, but he rushed it."

The inning could have gotten worse, but right-fielder Travis Demeritte made a running catch of a drive to deep right-center by Humberto Arteaga and got Soto out of the inning.

Hunter Dozier made it 5-0 with an RBI triple in the eighth, and Merrifield added a two-run double in the ninth.

Gardenhire was relieved the Tigers escaped Merrifield's blooper without major injury. The ball fell between Demeritte, Reyes and Goodrum, all of whom had to take evasive action to avoid a full-speed collision. Goodrum spiked Reyes in the shin, but he stayed in the game.

"That could have been a lot worse," Gardenhire said. "Merrifield got jammed and it landed in the perfect spot with all three guys trying to make a play. We got lucky there."


The Royals wore the uniforms of the Kansas City Monarchs, while the Tigers were dressed as the Detroit Stars as part of Detroit's annual Negro League weekend.


Royals: SS Adalberto Mondesi (shoulder) is taking grounders and throwing, but has not begun to swing a bat. He's been out since injuring his shoulder on July 17.

Tigers: LF Christin Stewart (concussion) was recalled from his rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo after his symptoms returned. He was able to do a cardio workout on Saturday. ... CF JaCoby Jones missed his second straight game after being hit in the wrist on Thursday.


The teams finish their four-game series on Sunday with Detroit's Daniel Norris (3-9, 4.76) facing Jakob Junis (7-10, 4.88).

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Aug 11, 2019 5:02 AM
Wainwright overcomes 1st-pitch HR, leads Cards over Pirates

ST. LOUIS -- Adam Wainwright got off to a rocky start when his first pitch sailed over the right field wall.

The rest of the game, that went a lot better.

Wainwright tossed six scoreless innings after Adam Frazier's leadoff home run, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 Saturday night.

For the 37-year-old Wainwright, it's been a season of satisfaction after being sidetracked in the past with troubles in his right arm.

"It feels nice to be able to go out there, reach back on a fastball, look up, and see a number you used to see when I was pitching," Wainwright said. "It's good to execute."

The contending Cardinals won their second in a row after ending a five-game losing streak.

"Give him the credit," Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. "He had good tempo, threw strikes, controlled counts, engaged your defense. This is not a real big secret, we're always going to play better defense when our pitchers have that rhythm."

Wainwright (8-8) allowed six hits and struck out eight. He improved to 6-2 this season at home.

"It's fun when you can play his curveball with the 93 mile per hour fastball," catcher Matt Wieters said. "We had a lot of success."

Giovanny Gallegos pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief before yielding to Carlos Martinez, who got two outs for his 12th save in 15 chances.

Joe Musgrove (8-11) gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings to fall to 0-4 against St. Louis this season. He is the first Pirates pitcher with four losses to the Cardinals in a single season since Ryan Vogelsong went 0-4 in 2004.

Pittsburgh has lost seven in a row and dropped 23 of 27 games since the All-Star Break.

"We can't catch a break right now," Musgrove said. "We hit the ball hard in a lot of situations tonight with runners on base and either hit it right at somebody or they made a good play."

Tommy Edman doubled in the Cardinals sixth and scored the go-ahead run when shortstop Kevin Newman's relay throw to third evaded Colin Moran and rolled into the Pittsburgh dugout.

"The throw needs more conviction," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "The ball needs to get there. It needs to be not a short-hop bounce. Moran got caught in between and at the end of the day if you're a third baseman you've got to do everything you can to keep the ball in front of you. We weren't able to do that. Third part of it, Musgrove's got to be backing up."

Paul Goldschmidt followed with a single, Marcell Ozuna doubled and Paul DeJong hit an RBI single.

St. Louis made it 1-all when Ozuna grounded into a double play with the bases loaded and no out for the second straight night in the bottom of the first.


St. Louis has not committed an error in a season-best eight consecutive games for its best stretch since going 10 games without a miscue from June 10-20, 2017.


Pirates: C Francisco Cervelli has been cleared to return to catching and will begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Altoona Sunday. He has not played since suffering a concussion on May 25 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Cardinals: OF Tyler O'Neill received an injection in his left wrist as he continues to recover from a strain that sent him to the injured list retroactive to Aug. 1. Shildt expects O'Neill will go out on a rehab assignment once the injection takes effect Monday or Tuesday.


Pirates LHP Stephen Brault (3-1, 4.09 ERA) opposes Cardinals RHP Miles Mikolas (7-12, 3.94) in Sunday's series finale. Brault is 2-0 with a 3.35 ERA in 10 starts this season and will be making his second start since being activated from the injured list. Mikolas is 2/3 with a 1.59 ERA and has not allowed more than two runs in any of his five career starts against Pittsburgh at Busch Stadium.

--- Associated Press ---