One night after having their seven-game win streak snapped, the Tigers were on their way back to the win column with a six-run lead over the Royals.
The early lead, powered by a three-run home run from Jeimer Candelario in the third inning, gave Detroit a 90 percent win probability, according to Statcast. But two swings from Kansas City’s veteran bats flipped the script during the Tigers’ 9-8 loss on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium.
Starter Casey Mize, whose 4 2/3 innings marked his longest outing since throwing six innings on June 26, suffered a similar fate before his exit.
Mize kept the Royals scoreless through his first four innings and limited them to two hits and one walk heading into the fifth.
Mize allowed a run after giving up three consecutive singles to start the frame, then followed that by striking out Whit Merrifield and getting Santana to fly out. But a two-out mistake pitch to Salvador Perez ended up as a 452-foot three-run homer and ended Mize’s night.