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Moustakas leads Royals to rare win over Tigers' Verlander

CBSSports.com wire reports
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mike Moustakas was in a slump and Justin Verlander, of all people, helped him snap out of it.

Salvador Perez drove in three runs and Moustakas went 3 for 4 with a game-winning home run to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 6-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers and Verlander.

Moustakas was hitless in 10 at-bats and in a 3-for-20 slide. His home run to right in the fifth snapped a 5-5 tie, while the three-hit game was his first since May 8.

"There's a great pitcher on the mound and he doesn't make too many mistakes," Moustakas said. "I got a pitch I could handle and didn't miss it."

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 not good at all," Verlander said. "I walked guys and they scored runs. I wasn't able to execute. I was just all over. I wasn't in sync. I've got to find it. I had three or four games before the All-Star break where I thought I had it back, but I didn't feel in sync tonight. Hopefully I'll get it back."

It was the seventh time in 21 starts that Verlander failed to make it into the sixth inning.

"I would say over the course of the season up to this point, and there's still a lot of season left, his performance hasn't been quite as consistent as in the past," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "It's just not what you expect of him, which is a little unfair because of what you expect of him."

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.

"The bullpen won the game despite me trying to give it away," Guthrie said.

Aaron Crow, the fourth of five Kansas City pitchers, pitched out of danger in the eighth inning. Alex Avila led off with a single, his third hit, and pinch hitter Don Kelly walked. After Austin Jackson bunted them both over, Crow retired Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera on ground balls to third base to strand them.

"I'm trying to put everything behind me and they both hit balls right at Moose (Moustakas)," Crow said. "I got the ball down on Cabrera and he hit it on the ground. You don't want to walk him to load the bases with Prince (Fielder) on-deck."

Hunter and Cabrera are a combined 0 for 14 off Crow.

"We were not going to give in to Cabrera," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "We'd either walk him or make perfect pitches. Crow made the perfect pitches."

Greg Holland worked the ninth to collect his 24th save in 26 chances, although he yielded a one-out double to Victor Martinez off the right-field wall.

"Soon as he hit it, I was praying it would stay in the park," Yost said. "I thought it had a chance to go out. I'm just glad it didn't."

Martinez stood at the plate for a couple of seconds to admire his work before taking off and just making it to second.

"I thought I had that ball and then I saw it go down," Martinez said.

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 Chris Getz drove in a run with a fielder's choice grounder, while Verlander walked Eric Hosmer with the bases loaded.

Avila drove in two runs with a two-out fifth inning single to tie the score at 5-all.

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. Yost said Getz is "not a DL (disabled list) situation, more like a day-to-day situation."

Notes

  • Royals RHP Felipe Paulino, who threw a 45-pitch bullpen session, is scheduled to throw a two-inning simulated game Monday. Paulino, who remains on the disabled list after having Tommy John surgery last year, said the elbow is fine, but he has been setback by a sore shoulder.
  • RHP James Shields, who starts Sunday, has only one home victory in nine starts this season. He is 1-3 with a 3.75 ERA. The Tigers will counter with RHP Doug Fister (7-5, 4.02).
  • The Tigers dropped to 9-13 in one-run games.
 
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Kansas City's Salvador Perez drives in a run in the first and strokes a two-run double in the third for the Royals. (USATSI)
Kansas City's Salvador Perez drives in a run in the first and strokes a two-run double in the third for the Royals. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Detroit

A. Avila
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Kansas City

M. Moustakas
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF3100122 .273
Torii Hunter, RF4001013 .310
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4110122 .360
Prince Fielder, 1B5021002 .267
Victor Martinez, DH5131001 .260
Jhonny Peralta, SS5120002 .303
Andy Dirks, LF3010003 .245
   a-Matt Tuiasosopo, PH-LF2000002 .322
Alex Avila, C4132011 .185
Ramon Santiago, 2B3010002 .163
Totals38513536  
a-flied out for Dirks in the 7th
b-walked for Santiago in the 8th
Batting
2B - Victor Martinez (20, Holland), Alex Avila (6, Guthrie)
SF - Torii Hunter (5)
SH - Austin Jackson (2)
RBI - Torii Hunter (45), Prince Fielder (70), Victor Martinez (51), Alex Avila 2 (23)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Avila 2 (9)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Torii Hunter 1
E - Prince Fielder (6, Misplayed grounder), Justin Verlander (1, Throwing)
PB - Alex Avila (8)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Justin Verlander (L,10-7) 5.2865431 3.69
Al Alburquerque 1000020 4.97
Drew Smyly 1.1100010 1.86
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 106-69, Al Alburquerque 15-11, Drew Smyly 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 3-11, Drew Smyly 1-2
Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 29, Al Alburquerque 3, Drew Smyly 5
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alex Gordon, LF3100220 .280
Eric Hosmer, 1B3121101 .288
Billy Butler, DH3110115 .274
Salvador Perez, C3013010 .282
Lorenzo Cain, CF4110011 .259
Mike Moustakas, 3B4231000 .221
David Lough, RF4010001 .291
Alcides Escobar, SS4000003 .242
Chris Getz, 2B2001000 .208
   Elliot Johnson, 2B2000010 .207
Totals3269646  
Batting
2B - Salvador Perez (17, Verlander)
HR - Mike Moustakas (7, Verlander)
SF - Salvador Perez (2)
RBI - Eric Hosmer (41), Salvador Perez 3 (41), Mike Moustakas (18), Chris Getz (13)
2-OUT RBI - Eric Hosmer (16), Salvador Perez 2 (13), Mike Moustakas (9)
SB - Chris Getz (6, 2nd base off Verlander/Avila)
Team LOB - 7
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeremy Guthrie (W,9-7) 61055260 4.41
Tim Collins (H,13) 0.2100000 4.76
Luke Hochevar (H,1) 0.1000000 2.06
Aaron Crow (H,14) 1100100 3.26
Greg Holland (S,24) 1100000 1.70
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 106-71, Tim Collins 7-4, Luke Hochevar 6-3, Aaron Crow 17-8, Greg Holland 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 6-6, Aaron Crow 3-0, Greg Holland 1-2
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 30, Tim Collins 3, Luke Hochevar 1, Aaron Crow 5, Greg Holland 4
Game Information
Attendance - 30116
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Victor Carapazza, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Kerwin Danley