DETROIT (AP) – Alcides Escobar homered on the first pitch of the game and made a sparkling catch on Miguel Cabrera’s line drive two innings later, leading the Kansas City Royals to a 6-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.
Jeremy Guthrie (2-2) allowed two runs in 7 1-3 innings for the Royals, who moved back into first place in the AL Central. The Tigers had taken a half-game lead by beating the Royals in a sloppily played series opener Friday night.
Anibal Sanchez (2-4) allowed six runs and nine hits in six innings, his ERA rising to 5.44 on the young season. He came into the game with a 1.40 ERA in eight career starts against the Royals.
Guthrie allowed fewer than three runs for the first time this year.