Despite win, Kansas City Royals join Detroit Tigers knocked out of postseason
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jason Vargas and the Kansas City Royals got another victory Tuesday night. It just won’t be enough to get them into the playoffs.
Vargas tied for the major league lead with his 18th win, but the Royals were eliminated from postseason contention despite beating the struggling Detroit Tigers 2-1.
The Minnesota Twins’ 8-6 victory over the Cleveland Indians officially quashed the Royals’ playoff hopes. Now attention will turn to what should be a busy offseason for Kansas City, as Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain and Mike Moustakas are set to become free agents.
Vargas (18-10) went six innings to match Cleveland’s Corey Kluber and the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw for most wins in the majors. He gave up a run and five hits, inducing groundball double plays in the second, fourth and fifth innings.
In his first two starts vs, Detroit, Vargas was 0-2 while allowing 13 runs.
Vargas, who was an American League All-Star selection, went 2-7 with an 8.13 ERA in 11 starts from July 5 to Sept. 5, but has won his past four starts.
The Tigers have lost eight straight and dropped to 4-21 in September.
Ian Kinsler’s two-out single in the third scored JaCoby Jones for Detroit’s run.
Hosmer’s two-out double in the fourth brought home Whit Merrifield, who began the inning with a double. That was Hosmer’s 189th hit, a career best.
Anibal Sanchez (3-6) took the loss, allowing two runs and seven hits while striking out six over six innings.