Joe Ross allowed three runs, issuing six walks, over 2 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Cardinals on Tuesday.
Ross cruised through the first two innings before falling off the rails in the third. The right-hander walked four in the frame, including three straight to walk in a run, before being yanked. He allowed just one hit while striking out three prior to exiting. The start was out of the ordinary for Ross, who was largely a revelation for the Nationals through his first 11 starts. Ross will carry a 3.50 ERA and 1.07 WHIP into Sunday's game against the Braves.
Marco Gonzales allowed four runs on seven hits over 2 2/3 innings against the Nationals on Tuesday.
Gonzales, filling in for Carlos Martinez, was shaky in his first start of 2015. The southpaw allowed a homer among the Nats' seven hits, also walking one and striking out one. Gonzales will likely stay with the club through September but isn't guaranteed another start.
Ian Kinsler went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI as the Tigers downed the Royals 6-5 on Tuesday.
Kinsler knocked an RBI single in the fourth inning before delivering a big two-run blast in the seventh. The homer, his 10th of the season, ended up being the difference in the game. It hasn't been a great year for the Tigers as a whole but the 33-year-old is doing his part, batting .306/.357/.452 with 64 RBI, 84 runs scored and eight steals through 129 games.
Alex Gordon went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in his return to action against the Tigers on Tuesday.
Gordon wasted no time finding ways to contribute, lifting an RBI sacrifice fly in his first at-bat before doubling and scoring in the seventh. The 31-year-old was enjoying another fine season at the plate before a groin strain stole nearly two months from him. Now healthy, Gordon will carry a .284/.396/.464 line into the season's final month.
Anthony Gose went 2-for-4 with two runs scored against the Royals on Tuesday.
Gose, back in the leadoff spot, had leadoff singles and scored in both the first and seventh innings. The 25-year-old is batting .253/.311/.363 with four homers, 54 runs scored and 19 stolen bases in his first year with the Tigers.
Bruce Rondon pitched a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday against the Royals to earn his third save.
It wouldn't be a Bruce Rondon appearance if he didn't play with at least a little fire, issuing a two-out walk to Ben Zobrist and promptly letting Zobrist steal second with Lorenzo Cain, one of the game's best hitters, at the plate, but Rondon got Cain to ground out to end it. He struck out one in the inning. Save chances have been scarce in recent weeks but it appears the 24-year-old is still the man for the job. Rondon has a shaky 6.56 ERA and 1.54 WHIP through 23 1/3 innings.
Johnny Cueto didn't have his best stuff Tuesday, allowing nine hits and four runs over six innings in a loss to the Tigers.
It was another subpar start in a Royals uniform for Cueto, who is now 2-4 with a 4.21 ERA through seven starts as an American League pitcher. Arguably most troubling is the fact that he struck out just two in the game, the sixth time in his last 10 contests that he's struck out four or fewer. Alas, Cueto still owns a 3.04 ERA overall, and it's not as though the Royals will stop running him out every five days. He'll look to get things straightened out Sunday against the White Sox.
Justin Verlander allowed four runs -- two earned -- over 6 2/3 innings in a win over the Royals on Tuesday.
Errors in two separate innings contributed to two of the Royals' runs against the right-hander, and he also served up a solo homer to Kendrys Morales in the outing. In total, Verlander gave up seven hits and a walk while striking out four. It wasn't quite a one-hit complete game, but they're both wins in the scorebook. Verlander will take a 3-6 record, 3.40 ERA and 1.08 WHIP into Sunday's game against the Indians.