DETROIT -- The Tigers aren't counting on rookie Drew Smyly to carry the team, but if he can do what he did Friday, they'd be ecstatic.
Smyly (4-3) allowed just two runs on six hits while walking none and striking out 10 in the Tigers' 4-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
Smyly became the first Tigers rookie with double-digit strikeouts and no walks since Eric Erickson in 1918. Erickson had 12 strikeouts in a 16-inning complete game. Smyly's 10 strikeouts are the most by a Tigers rookie since Mark Leiter had 10 on Oct. 5, 1991, at Baltimore.
"That's the best I've seen him," manager Jim Leyland said.
For Smyly, who is a control pitcher as opposed to a hard-thrower, the 10 strikeouts impressed him more than the zero walks.
"I feel like control hasn't been my problem all year," Smyly said. "First and foremost, you've got to throw strikes. When you have zero walks, that's great.
"When I walk somebody, you're just shooting yourself in the foot. My curveball was on so well. It...