DETROIT(AP) Lucas French didn't allow himself a chance to focus on who he was pitching against until after the game.
After earning his first career victory, he took a moment to realize what he had done. Making his second career start, the
Tigers rookie outdueled All-Star
as Detroit defeated Kansas City 3-1.
''You can't pitch against the other guy, so you are trying to just think about what you are doing and not worry about him,''
French said. ''But to get my first win, and to get it against a guy like that? Yeah, that's huge. This is something you dream
French (1-0) held the Royals to one run and six hits in 6 1-3 innings.
''When you are going against a guy like Greinke, you know that you are going to have to get a great game from your starter,''
Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. ''If you give up three or four runs, he's going to beat you, so I was very happy with what
French did tonight.''
Three Tigers relievers finished, with
pitching the ninth for his 19th save in as many tries.
Greinke (10-5) gave up three runs, all in the first two innings, and seven hits in six innings. He struck out nine and walked
''I wasn't hit that hard, but it won the game for them,'' he said. ''It's a tough one, because I pitched pretty good and kept
them off balance. In the first two innings, everything that could go wrong did.''
had three doubles for the Royals.
The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the first, helped by Kansas City's first defensive mistake.
singled to left. Polanco took a large turn, then easily moved to second as
threw toward the plate.
''He gives up the leadoff walk, and then we let Polanco walk to second because we don't get the ball to the base,'' Kansas
City manager Trey Hillman said. ''That hurt us.''
drove in the first run with a ground out, and
singled to second to make it 2-0.
''The play by Polanco was huge,'' Leyland said. ''First, he executes the hit-and-run, and then he gets to second base. If
he doesn't do that, the ball by Thames is a double play, and we don't score.''
Detroit added a third run in the second when
doubled, took third when Greinke couldn't handle
's bunt single, and scored on
's sacrifice fly.
''That was a stupid play, because it was a terrible bunt,'' Greinke said. ''If I catch that, it is a double play, and even
then, I made a five-hop throw to first.''
Greinke struck out eight batters in the next four innings, but the Royals couldn't take advantage until
's seventh-inning homer.
''We just didn't do anything offensively to get Zack back in the game,'' Hillman said.
NOTES: Tigers manager Jim Leyland said before the game that Thomas and
will platoon in right field, with Thomas playing against right-handed pitchers and Ordonez against lefties. Ordonez sat out
Wednesday's game, but is expected to start Friday against Cleveland's
. ... The Tigers and the Phillies announced a ''Vote Bran Torino'' campaign, where the teams would work together to campaign
for the ''Final Vote'' to pick the last All-Star for each league. ''I thought this was going to be a simple vote, and they'd
just tell me Thursday who won,'' an amused Inge said. ''I never expected this kind of hype.'' ... Greinke was 2-0 with a 0.64
ERA in his previous two starts at Comerica Park. ... French has a 2.45 ERA in his two starts, and a 1.93 ERA in four major-league