Tigers look to avoid sweep Sunday after dropping two to Royals

Tigers lost to Royals 6-5 on Saturday

By Jamie Edmonds - Reporter
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Tigers are hoping to steal a win in Kansas City Sunday and avoid a series sweep by the Royals. They have lost two games - both to the Royals - since coming back from the All-Star Break.

Tigers' Doug fister will go to the mound. First pitch is at 2:10pm.

On Saturday, Royals' Salvador Perez drove in three runs and Mike Moustakas went 3 for 4 with a game-winning home run to lead the Kansas City to a 6-5 victory over Detroit and Justin Verlander on Saturday night.

Verlander (10-7) had not lost to the Royals since Sept. 9, 2009, but gave up six runs, five earned, on eight hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings. It was the seventh time in 21 starts that Verlander failed to make it into the sixth inning.

Moustakas homered to right in the fifth to snap a 5-5 tie.

Perez drove in a run in the first with a sacrifice fly and stroked a two-run double in the third.

Jeremy Guthrie (9-7) picked up the victory, surrendering five runs on 10 hits and two walks in six innings.

Miguel Cabrera and Torii Hunter had a chance to at least tie the game in the 8th, but both left two runners stranded.

Prince Fielder and Martinez stroked RBI-singles in the first as the Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead.

The Royals seized a 5-3 lead in the fourth when Grosse Pointe native Chris Getz brought home a run with a fielder's choice grounder, while Verlander walked Eric Hosmer with the bases loaded.

Getz, who was recalled Friday from Triple-A Omaha, suffered a mild medial strain of his left knee in the fifth inning while trying to field Fielder's smash grounder. He was replaced by Elliot Johnson.

The Royals have pulled within six games in the American League Central. They'll go for the series sweep over the Tigers Sunday afternoon.

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