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"Aaron's facing the best hitter to walk on this planet," Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer said. "The way he came in and showed no fear, went right after him with the crowd standing up on every pitch. That's a big moment right there. Crow is usually not a big fan of showing emotion right there, but he got fired up. It just fires up the whole team at that point."
Guthrie (7-3) limited the Tigers to a two-run homer by Cabrera in 6 1/3 innings in helping the Royals to extend their longest winning streak since they won seven straight in September 2011. He gave up six hits and walked three.
Crow replaced Guthrie after he gave up a single to Avisail Garcia and he hit Andy Dirks with an 0-2 pitch. Crow retired Torii Hunter on a fly to shallow right and struck out Cabrera swinging to end the threat.
"The slider was probably the best pitch I've thrown all year," Crow said of the pitch he used to strike out Cabrera. "I haven't thrown that many good ones. That's what we're paid to do. It's a situation you don't want to be in."
The Tigers managed just one two-out single off four Kansas City relievers after Guthrie exited with Crow logging the biggest two outs.
"The bullpen was huge for us," Guthrie said. "They won the game for us."
Cabrera, who tops the American League with 90 hits and 69 RBI, hit his 18th home run in the second after Hunter doubled.
"I made a bad mistake and he didn't miss it," Guthrie said of hanging a breaking ball.
Perez's one-out triple in the third by diving center fielder Garcia scored Alcides Escobar and Hosmer after they each singled. Lorenzo Cain's two-out infield single scored Perez with the go-ahead run.
"Garcia gave a good effort and missed," Hunter said. "I chased it down. As an ex-center fielder, I know, if you see me coming, you get out of the way. That's his ball if he wants it. I've got to get out of the way. On that ball, a right-handed batter, the ball fades back to right field. It's probably coming back towards me. He probably should have let it go. He played it aggressively and that's all right. He's 21. He'll learn. He's 6-5, 250. I'm getting out of his way."
Doug Fister (5-4), who is 0-3 in five starts since a victory May 14 over Houston, went the distance. He allowed three runs on nine hits.
"They're patient," Fister said. "When they needed to they produced what they needed. They put two runs on the board for me and I didn't make it stand up."
Greg Holland worked a flawless ninth for his 13th save in 15 opportunities.
"Just a phenomenal job of pitching on our part," Royals manager Ned Yost said.
The Royals are 7-2 in June after losing 20 of 28 games in May. The pitching staff has a 1.44 ERA in June.
The Royals improved to 8-3 since George Brett was named the interim hitting coach on May 30.
|Jeremy Guthrie earns his seventh win of the season after pitching 6 1/3 clean innings against the potent Tigers' offense. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Andy Dirks, LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.249|
|Torii Hunter, RF||4||1||2||0||0||0||3||.306|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||4||1||1||2||0||1||3||.361|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.284|
|Victor Martinez, DH||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.238|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||2||0||1||0||2||0||0||.339|
|Alex Avila, C||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.172|
|Omar Infante, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.295|
|Avisail Garcia, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.288|
|2B - Torii Hunter (17, Guthrie)|
|HR - Miguel Cabrera (18, Guthrie)|
|RBI - Miguel Cabrera 2 (69)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Avila-Infante, Infante-Peralta-Fielder|
|Doug Fister (L,5-4)||8||9||3||3||0||3||0||3.28|
|Pitches-Strikes - Doug Fister 103-72|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Fister 13-6|
|Batters Faced - Doug Fister 31|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Alex Gordon, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.304|
|Eric Hosmer, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.276|
|Salvador Perez, C||4||1||1||2||0||0||0||.318|
|Billy Butler, DH||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.272|
|Lorenzo Cain, CF||3||0||2||1||0||0||1||.291|
|Mike Moustakas, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||1||2||.180|
|David Lough, RF||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.281|
|Chris Getz, 2B||2||0||1||0||0||0||2||.215|
|Alcides Escobar, SS||3||1||1||0||0||1||2||.240|
|3B - Salvador Perez (2, Fister)|
|SH - Chris Getz (4)|
|RBI - Salvador Perez 2 (22), Lorenzo Cain (28)|
|2-OUT RBI - Lorenzo Cain (14)|
|CS - Chris Getz (1, 2nd base by Fister/Avila)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Getz-Hosmer|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Jeremy Guthrie (W,7-3)||6.1||6||2||2||3||0||1||3.60|
|Aaron Crow (H,10)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.93|
|Tim Collins (H,7)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.57|
|Kelvin Herrera (H,6)||0.1||1||0||0||0||0||0||4.37|
|Greg Holland (S,13)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||1.96|
|HBP - Dirks (by Jeremy Guthrie)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 95-61, Aaron Crow 7-5, Tim Collins 11-8, Kelvin Herrera 3-3, Greg Holland 14-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 4-14, Kelvin Herrera 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 28, Aaron Crow 2, Tim Collins 2, Kelvin Herrera 2, Greg Holland 3|
|Attendance - 17653|
|Game Time - 2:19|
|Temperature - 86|
|Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Jordan Baker, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Paul Nauert|