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Fielder, Young homers lead Tigers

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DETROIT -- Delmon Young is finally doing what he was expected to this season.

And, so are the Detroit Tigers.

Young hit a two-run homer to give Detroit a much-needed, four-run cushion in the seventh inning and the Tigers held on to beat the Kansas City Royals 8-7 Saturday.

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The designated hitter has a three-game homer streak for the first time in his career. He cleared the fence just six times in his first 74 games this season.

"He's starting to do what I know he can do," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "He's a run-producer and right now he's producing."

Detroit is, too, with a four-game winning streak that matches its longest of the year to give the team with high preseason expectations a winning record for the first time since May 10.

"It was just a matter of time," Young said. "We're too good of a team to struggle. We just need to win one more game to go into the break on a roll."

Prince Fielder hit a two-run, game-tying homer in the first and the Tigers took an 8-4 lead on Young's two-run shot off reliever Nate Adcock.

Detroit closer Jose Valverde started the ninth with a four-run lead and almost lost it.

Valverde walked Alex Gordon on four pitches to lead off the inning, gave up a double to Alcides Escobar and walked Eric Hosmer to load the bases. All-Star Billy Butler hit a two-run single to pull Kansas City within two runs.

Yuniesky Betancourt nearly hit a go-ahead, three-run homer on a fly center fielder Austin Jackson tracked down near the wall in left-center.

Jackson charged to make an underhanded catch on Mike Moustakas' sacrifice fly for the second out and Jeff Francoeur struck out.

"I thought the worst-case scenario was that it gets up the gap, and it might get out," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "But Austin Jackson is just a phenomenal center fielder, and he ran it down. I didn't think he was going to get Moose's ball -- I didn't think it was hit hard enough -- but he got that one as well."

The Royals have lost seven of nine with one game left before hosting the All-Star game on Tuesday night.

Doug Fister (2-6) gave up four runs in six-plus innings and snapped a three-game losing streak. Fister, who has been on the disabled list twice this season, had given up 14 earned runs in his previous two starts.

"He's getting closer and closer," Leyland said. "He's going to start the first game after the break."

Fister, Darin Downs, Brayan Villarreal and Phil Coke combined to pitch a scoreless seventh. Joaquin Benoit struck out two in the eighth and Valverde pitched a shaky ninth inning.

Bruce Chen (7-8) gave up six runs for the second straight game and allowed nine hits over 3 1/3 innings.

"Bruce just never got locked in," Yost said. "And while we've been really good with our long guys this year, Nate just hung one breaking ball. Other than that, he was fantastic."

The Royals took a 2-0 lead in the first after Butler and Betancourt's RBI singles, but couldn't keep it. Jackson hit a leadoff single in the home half and scored on Fielder's 14th homer, a 382-foot shot to right center with two outs to make it 2-all.

Gerald Laird had an RBI double and Jackson, who extended his career long hitting streak to 14 games, had an RBI single in a three-run second that put the Tigers up 5-2.

Miguel Cabrera's sacrifice fly in the fourth gave Detroit a four-run lead.

Fister gave up two runs in the first, then pitched three scoreless innings before giving up Moustakas' two-out homer in the fifth to let Kansas City pull within three runs. Betancourt's sacrifice fly in the seventh off Villarreal cut Detroit's lead to two.

Notes

  • Detroit has a four-game winning streak for the third time this season.
  • The Royals claimed C Adam Moore on waivers from the Seattle Mariners and optioned him to Triple-A Omaha on Saturday.
 
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The Tigers' Delmon Young homers for the third straight game, a first for his career.  (AP)
The Tigers' Delmon Young homers for the third straight game, a first for his career. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

B. Butler
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
Detroit

G. Laird
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alex Gordon, LF4120100 .274
Alcides Escobar, SS4330101 .311
Eric Hosmer, 1B3210212 .231
Billy Butler, DH5033003 .294
    Jason Bourgeois, PR-DH0000000 .333
Yuniesky Betancourt, 2B4001013 .242
Mike Moustakas, 3B4123011 .272
Jeff Francoeur, RF4000133 .250
Salvador Perez, C4000001 .386
Jarrod Dyson, CF4000010 .249
Totals36711757  
Batting
2B - Alex Gordon (26, Fister), Alcides Escobar (21, Valverde)
HR - Mike Moustakas (15, Fister)
SF - Yuniesky Betancourt (3), Mike Moustakas (2)
RBI - Billy Butler 3 (52), Yuniesky Betancourt (31), Mike Moustakas 3 (47)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Moustakas 2 (20)
SB - Alcides Escobar (13, 2nd base off Villarreal/Laird), Jason Bourgeois (2, 2nd base off Valverde/Laird)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jeff Francoeur 1
DP - Francoeur-Hosmer-Moustakas
E - Jarrod Dyson (6, Throwing), Mike Moustakas (9, Misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bruce Chen (L,7-8) 3.1966231 5.22
Nate Adcock 4.1320231 2.67
Tim Collins 0.1000000 3.35
Pitches-Strikes - Bruce Chen 72-50, Nate Adcock 61-36, Tim Collins 6-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bruce Chen 1-5, Nate Adcock 4-5, Tim Collins 1-0
Batters Faced - Bruce Chen 20, Nate Adcock 17, Tim Collins 1
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF5131013 .335
Quintin Berry, LF4010015 .293
Miguel Cabrera, 3B3101012 .324
Prince Fielder, 1B2112201 .299
Delmon Young, DH4112002 .268
Ryan Raburn, RF4000002 .171
    Don Kelly, RF0000000 .185
Jhonny Peralta, SS4110021 .253
Ramon Santiago, 2B3220110 .235
Gerald Laird, C3131100 .306
Totals32812746  
Batting
2B - Ramon Santiago 2 (7, Chen, Chen), Gerald Laird 2 (6, Chen, Adcock)
HR - Prince Fielder (14, Chen), Delmon Young (9, Adcock)
SF - Miguel Cabrera (3)
SH - Quintin Berry (3)
RBI - Austin Jackson (38), Miguel Cabrera (71), Prince Fielder 2 (60), Delmon Young 2 (36), Gerald Laird (6)
2-OUT RBI - Prince Fielder 2 (20), Delmon Young 2 (16)
CS - Austin Jackson (3, 2nd base by Chen/Perez)
PK - Ryan Raburn (1, Adcock)
Team LOB - 6
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Doug Fister (W,2-6) 6844321 4.75
Darin Downs (H,1) 0.1000010 0.00
Brayan Villarreal (H,5) 0.1100000 1.55
Phil Coke (H,15) 0.1000010 3.25
Joaquin Benoit 1000020 2.25
Jose Valverde 1233210 4.11
Pitches-Strikes - Doug Fister 94-60, Darin Downs 5-3, Brayan Villarreal 6-5, Phil Coke 4-4, Joaquin Benoit 15-12, Jose Valverde 21-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Fister 8-8, Joaquin Benoit 1-0
Batters Faced - Doug Fister 29, Darin Downs 1, Brayan Villarreal 2, Phil Coke 1, Joaquin Benoit 3, Jose Valverde 7
Game Information
Attendance - 39392
Game Time - 3:00
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Bill Miller, Second Base - Victor Carapazza, Third Base - Dan Iassogna