KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- On Friday night, Rookie first baseman Spencer Torkelson scored a spectacular go-ahead home run in the seventh inning to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
Torkelson's 432-foot strike landed above the left-field bullpen, led Miguel Cabrera to victory, and he was forced to survive an otherwise amazing night by Brad Keller, the Royals' starting pitcher.
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Torkelson drank and cried to the dugout.
I think I said, 'Come on, baby!' Torkelson said with a laugh. I was pretty fired up. It felt really good, he said.
Keller was locked in an early duel with Tigers starter Tarik Skubal, who retired the first 11 batters he faced and allowed only one unearned run in five 2/3 innings. Skubal struck out seven batters and did not walk a batter in an outing in which he featured some of his young career's most powerful components.
"I felt good even playing catch, and my warmups were pretty sharp," Skubal said. "I felt pretty synced up, and I was able to include the things I'd been working on. It felt good from the start."
Keller was fantastic, bringing back the first ten batters he faced, and putting a no-hitter in the fifth inning.
Miguel Cabrera made his first career appearance in the seventh, logging his 2,995th career hit and 599th career double. He scored on Torkelson's two-out bomb.
Cabrera has now had 1,118 extra-base hits in his career, breaking a tie with Ted Williams and Jimmie Foxx for the coveted 19th place.
Defensive teams from Skubal and Michael Fulmer scored some high-leverage outs to protect the victory.
For Barnes, who has played in 232 games over seven big-league seasons, it was only. Fulmer earned his 15th career save and first of 2022. Closer Gregory Soto, who had pitched in back-to-back games, had the night off.
The Tigers rallied outfielder Daz Cameron from the taxi squad before the game.
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The Tigers (4-4) and Royals (2-5) meet for Game 3 of their four-game series on Saturday at 4:10 p.m. at Kauffman Stadium. Tigers right-hander Matt Manning will play against the Royals lefty Kris Bubic.