With the end of the season just around the corner, Eduardo Rodríguez (E-Rod) put on his best showing of September on Thursday to guide the Tigers to a 10-3 victory over the Royals.
Although he allowed five hits and four walks, the Venezuelan was able to hold Kansas scoreless for 4.02 XNUMX/XNUMX innings. He struck out three and improved his ERA to XNUMX.
The Bengali offense backed him from the start and scored five times while he was on the mound. One in the second inning for a home run by Willi Castro and four in the fifth for a double by Riley Greene and a shot by Javier Baez.
And after E-Rod left, the Tigers continued to produce.
They scored one in the sixth on a single by Tucker Barnhart and four in the next inning on a pitch to Víctor Reyes, a fly ball by Jeimer Candelario and hits by Barnhart and Ryan Kreidler.
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The Royals managed to hit the register in the eighth. But they fell far short in their eagerness to reverse the setback.
E-Rod, throwing a total of 106 pitches and earning his first shutout since mid-August, earned his second win of the month and fifth of the year.
The Venezuelan, who was out of action for three months for personal reasons, leveled his record at 5-5 and reached 85 innings pitched.
Jonathan Heasley (4-9) charged with the backhand, allowing five runs in 4.2 XNUMX/XNUMX innings.