DETROIT— The Tigers evened their three-game series against the Royals with an unlikely gem from Matt Boyd, who induced one fly ball after another from a formidable Kansas City lineup for seven innings of one-run ball in a 2-1 win on Wednesday night at Comerica Park.
Six days after coming over from the Blue Jays in the non-waiver Trade Deadline deal for David Price, Boyd used the spacious outfield dimensions in his new home park to his advantage for his first Major League victory. Working up in the zone time and again, true to his Minor League resume, he recorded 12 flyouts and popouts compared with three groundouts. He also allowed seven hits, but Kendrys Morales’ two-out triple in the fourth was the only one that scored a run.
“He pitches up very well with his fastball,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. “He gets a lot of fly balls, a lot of foul balls, even some swings and misses. He mixed in three offspeed pitches, at times all of them good. He did an excellent job, really.”
Morales’ first triple since 2012 -- off then-Tiger Max Scherzer -- tied the game after Anthony Gose drove in Tyler Collins with a two-out triple over Lorenzo Cain’s head in the third. Ian Kinsler restored Detroit’s lead by scoring on a groundout after his triple in the fourth, and Boyd (1-2) allowed just two hits the rest of the way.
That left Johnny Cueto (7-7 overall, 0-1 with K.C.) with the hard-luck loss in his second start as a Royal. He allowed just five hits over seven innings, but two were triples.