Junis dominates Tigers again as Royals roll, 6-2

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KANSAS CITY, MO – AUGUST 28: Starting pitcher Jakob Junis #65 of the Kansas City Royals is congratulated by catcher Salvador Perez #13 after pitching his first career complete game against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium on August 28, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. The Royals defeated the Tigers to win the game with […]

Jakob Junis held scuffling Detroit to six hits in his first career complete game, Adalberto Mondesi homered to spur a five-run frame and the Kansas City Royals beat the Tigers 6-2 to begin their midweek, two-game series Tuesday night.
    
The only runs Junis (7-12) allowed came in the third, when Jeimer Candelario managed a sacrifice fly, and the eighth, when JaCoby Jones went deep. Otherwise, the Royals’ young right-hander was brisk and efficient, striking out seven without a walk to win for only the second time since May 18.
    
Junis had never thrown a complete game in the minors, either.
    
Mondesi went deep off Matthew Boyd (8-12) to lead off the third inning, and the Royals wound up batting around. Jorge Bonifacio hit a sacrifice fly, Hunter Dozier added a two-run double and Alcides Escobar wrapped up the big inning with a two-out single that gave Kansas City a 5-1 lead.
    
It was hardly surprising that Junis dominated the Tigers. He’s faced them four times this season, pitching at least seven-plus innings and winning each of the starts.
    
The three previous outings came in April and May, when Junis was off to a hot start. He struggled mightily throughout June, eventually landing on the disabled list with lower back inflammation the first week of July, but has been solid in eight starts since his return to the rotation.
    
Boyd, who threw six shutout innings against the White Sox his last time out, wound up allowing five runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings. The Tigers’ right-hander dropped to 3-7 in 13 career starts against Kansas City, and he’s just 8-21 in 41 starts on the road.
    
Detroit could have used a gem from him as they opened a nine-game trip. They’ve lost four straight and five of six, their offense failing to score more than three runs in any of the defeats.
    
 

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