Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Salvador Perez knocked in three runs and
Mike Moustakas went 3-for-4 with a solo homer as the Kansas City Royals posted
a 6-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals registered their second straight win to begin this three-game
series after battering Justin Verlander for six runs -- five earned -- over
the All-Star hurler's 5 2/3 innings of work.
Verlander (10-7) surrendered eight hits, none bigger than Moustakas' blast in
the bottom of the fifth that snapped a 5-5 tie, and walked four to lose for
only the third time in 18 lifetime decisions against Kansas City.
Eric Hosmer added two hits and an RBI for the Royals, who improved to 5-2
against the AL Central-leading Tigers this season.
Jeremy Guthrie (9-7) overcame a rocky beginning to last six innings and
collect the win despite allowing five runs and 10 hits. Four Kansas City
relievers held Detroit scoreless the rest of the way, with Greg Holland
stranding the tying run at second in the ninth to convert his 17th consecutive
Alex Avila and Victor Martinez each had three hits to pace the Tigers
offensively, with Avila finishing with two RBI and Martinez driving in one
The Royals were faced with a 3-1 deficit after 2 1/2 innings, but reached a
laboring Verlander for a pair of runs in both the third and fourth to move in
Verlander set down the initial two hitters of the bottom of the third before
Hosmer singled and Billy Butler walked to bring up Perez, who drilled a
fastball into the right-field corner for a double that plated both runners
and tied the game.
More trouble came for Verlander in the fourth, as the Royals strung together
three consecutive singles to load the bases with none out. Two batters later,
Chris Getz beat out a potential inning-ending double-play grounder to send in
the go-ahead run, and Verlander then walked Alex Gordon and Hosmer in
succession to give Kansas City a 5-3 lead.
Detroit countered in the top of the fifth, helped out by Hosmer stumbling at
the first-base bag on an Andy Dirks grounder that was ruled a hit and loaded
the bases with two out. Avila followed with a sharp single off second baseman
Elliot Johnson's glove that brought home Martinez and Jhonny Peralta to even
The tie didn't last long, as Moustakas socked Verlander's 2-0 pitch into the
visitor's bullpen in right to put the Royals back ahead by a 6-5 count.
Detroit threatened in the eighth, with an Avila single and pinch-hitter Don
Kelly's walk against Aaron Crow putting two on with no one out and both
runners advancing on Austin Jackson's sacrifice bunt. Crow beared down,
however, getting both Torii Hunter and MLB batting leader Miguel Cabrera to
ground out and keep it a one-run game.
Martinez just missed a home run with one out in the ninth, settling for a one-
out double off the right-field wall, but Holland kept pinch-runner Hernan
Perez at second to nail down his 24th save of the year.
Detroit mustered just two singles against Royals pitching during a 1-0 loss in
Friday's series opener, but found greater success facing Guthrie early on.
Guthrie aided the Tigers' cause by walking two of the first three hitters he
faced, then surrendered back-to-back RBI singles to Prince Fielder and
Martinez that quickly staked Detroit to a 2-0 edge.
The Royals cut the margin in half during their portion of the opening inning,
with Gordon working Verlander for a leadoff walk before advancing to third on
a Butler single in front of a Perez sac fly.
Detroit swifly regained a two-run advantage, however, when Avila doubled to
begin the second and later came around on Hunter's deep fly ball to left.
The win was the 700th of Royals manager Ned Yost's career ... Verlander was
dealt his first loss to Kansas City since a 5-1 setback at Kauffman Stadium on
Sept. 9, 2009 ... Getz left the game after spraining his left knee while
diving for a ground ball in the fifth inning ... Guthrie has won his last four
starts against the Tigers held in Kansas City, where the Tigers are 3-8 over
their last 11 visits ... The Royals have gone 10 straight games without
committing an error, one shy of a team record ... Kansas City has won six of
its last seven matchups decided by one run.
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