Olivares, Rivera homer, Royals top Tigers, take 2 of 3

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DETROIT (AP) — Edward Olivares and Emmanuel Rivera homered in a three-run second inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat Detroit 7-4 on Sunday to take two of the Tigers’ three.

Tarik Skubal (5-7) lost his fifth straight start, allowing five runs, five hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings. He has a 9.00 ERA during the skid, bringing his ERA for the season to 4.06.

“The command and the mechanics – sometimes I feel like I’m fighting myself and I feel like I am right now,” Skubal said. “I just have to be better not to do that.”

The Detroit pitchers tied a season high with eight walks, including two with bases loaded.

“We walked eight, hit another and scored two runs,” Tigers manager AJ Hinch said. “We haven’t done the job. This is the big problem.

José Cuas (2-0) relieved Brady Singer with the bases loaded and a 5-2 lead with two outs in the fifth and retired Javier Báez on a lineout that right fielder Whit Merrifield got with a slippery catch.

“Brady had some of the best things we’ve seen from him,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “But he had to wait 30 minutes when we were hitting in the top of the fifth and he lost the rhythm. Obviously you want big innings, but he couldn’t get his stuff back, which was a shame the way he went about it.

Scott Barlow threw a perfect ninth for his 12th save in 14 chances.

Spencer Torkelson hit his fifth home run of the season for the Tigers, his first since May 20, and rookie Kody Clemens, son of seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens, hit his second.

Detroit has lost 14 of its last 20 games and at 30-47 is one game ahead of Kansas City (29-48), last in the AL Central.

Tigers catcher Tucker Barnhart kicked out Nicky Lopez trying to steal second base in the second inning, and Skubal knocked out Whit Merrfield at first base in the third.

Singer allowed two runs and six hits and tied his career high with nine strikeouts, also against the Chicago White Sox on May 17.

Detroit built a 3-0 lead when Olivares homered to the lead in second and Rivera hit a two-run drive.

“I was able to drive it,” Olivares said.

Andrew Benintendi’s RBI brace in the fifth chased Skubal, and Wily Peralta charged the bases with a walk to Bobby Witt Jr., then walked Olivares on four pitches.

Jason Foley walked Michael A. Taylor with the bases loaded in the seventh. Clemens homered Dylan Coleman in the bottom half and Victor Reyes added a sacrificial fly.

Lopez added an RBI single in the ninth.

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Riley Greene appeared to steal second base twice in the third inning. The former was wiped out by an interference call on Reyes, whose bat came past Cam Gallagher on his follow-up, the latter when a video review called off the initial call safely by the second base umpire Mark Carlson.

NEXT

Royals: RHP Jonathan Heasley (1-4, 5.20) starts Monday’s series opener at Houston.

Tigers: RHP Garrett Hill is set to make his major league debut in Monday’s day-night doubleheader opener against visiting Cleveland and RHP Alex Faedo (1-4, 4.84) ​​will pitch Game 2. RHP Zach Plesac (2-5, 3.86) is due to start Game 1 for the Guardians.

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