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Royals slip past Tigers, beat Verlander again

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Salvador Perez is on a power surge and the Kansas City Royals keeping hanging on in the wild-card race.

Perez hit a two-run homer off Justin Verlander and the Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Saturday night.

Perez drove a two-out pitch over the left-field wall to put the Royals ahead 4-2. He is hitting .347 with seven home runs and 20 RBIs in his past 21 games.

"Soon as I hit it, I knew the ball was gone," Perez said. "I hit it pretty good."

Verlander (12-11) is 0-3 with three no-decisions in six starts since an Aug. 6 victory at Cleveland.

The Tigers have dropped his past six starts and are 13-17 in his 30 starts this season.

"I think he did a great job," Tigers catcher Brayan Pena said. "The pitch to Perez it was a pitch down. He struck out a lot of guys and he kept the ball down. It was just one pitch that hurt us."

The Royals have won all five games Verlander has started against them this season. Verlander allowed four runs and eight hits in seven innings, while walking one and striking out seven.

"You can say what you want, but Verlander is tough as nails," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He's as good as they come. And we've done very well against him. They've all been nip-and-tuck, one-run games for the most part, but we've come out on top and that's all that matters."

Wade Davis (7-10), the second of five Kansas City pitchers, picked up the victory on his 28th birthday, entering with the bases loaded and allowing just one runner to score when he walked Miguel Cabrera with the bases loaded after being down in the count 0-2.

"I'm comfortable in that situation, keeping a low heart rate," Davis said. "I've faced him [Cabrera] a lot. I knew what he was trying to do. I wasn't going to give in and give him something to whack off the wall or over it. That was just a walk, but hey it paid off."

Greg Holland worked a perfect ninth for his 39th save in 42 chances.

Cabrera, who leads the American League with 133 RBIs, also singled home another run in the seventh.

Royals left-hander Danny Duffy failed to pitch deep into the game in back-to-back starts. Duffy, who walked four in 3 2-3 innings in his previous start, walked five Tigers in 4 1-3 innings.

"I didn't have my best command, but the stuff was there," Duffy said. "As long as we're shaking hands after the game, that's good with me."

Duffy walked two in the first inning and that led to a run when Price Fielder's single scored Austin Jackson, who led off the game with a four-pitch walk.

"Duffy was a little wild, which we were hoping for, but we just couldn't come up with a big hit," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.

Duffy allowed a Nick Castellanos infield single in the fifth, and with one out, walked Roman Santiago and Jackson on eight pitches to load the bases. Davis replaced Duffy and walked Cabrera to score Castellanos.

"It took Duffy about five hitters to find his slot," Yost said. "Once he found it, he was pretty good from the second, third and fourth and started to lose it in the fifth. That's when we brought Wade in and man what a great job he did.

"Danny did a great job of keeping us in the game. Your pitch count can get up, but you can't let the game get away from you. Every time Danny has gotten big pitch counts or struggled with command, his stuff is so good, it keeps us in the game."

Emilio Bonifacio's bunt single in the third scored Alcides Escobar with the first Kansas City run.

"That's part of my game -- bunting," Bonifacio said. "I had that in mind soon as Escobar got to third."

Escobar's single in the fifth scored Jarrod Dyson, who walked and stole second.

When Pena threw out Bonifacio stealing second in the first inning, it ended the Tigers streak at 24 without catching a runner attempting to steal. Bonifacio had been perfect in his first 13 stolen attempts in 23 games since joining the Royals.

Notes

Royals 2B Chris Getz, who left in the third inning Tuesday with dizziness, has been cleared to play, passing tests to avoid the seven-day concussion DL. ... Royals C Salvador Perez, who was on the concussion list in early August and left the game Thursday woozy after being struck by a foul tip, opted not to change masks. Perez said he didn't feel comfortable with a new one that offered better protection. ... Tigers SS Jose Iglesias missed his second straight game with shin splints.

 
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Players of the Game
Kansas City

S. Perez
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Detroit

M. Cabrera
AB 2
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF3110210 .277
Torii Hunter, RF4000036 .301
Miguel Cabrera, 3B2012200 .356
Prince Fielder, 1B4011005 .274
Victor Martinez, DH4000002 .294
Omar Infante, 2B4000002 .325
Nick Castellanos, LF2110000 .250
   a-Andy Dirks, PH-LF2000000 .262
Brayan Pena, C4110001 .310
Ramon Santiago, SS1000211 .229
   b-Alex Avila, PH1000010 .209
Totals3135366  
a-grounded out for Castellanos in the 6th
b-struck out for Santiago in the 9th
Batting
RBI - Miguel Cabrera 2 (133), Prince Fielder (97)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera 2 (59)
CS - Ramon Santiago (1, 2nd base by Duffy/Perez)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Fielder-Santiago-Verlander
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Justin Verlander (L,12-11) 7844171 3.64
Phil Coke 0.1000100 4.86
Jose Veras 0.2000020 2.90
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 114-76, Phil Coke 6-1, Jose Veras 9-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 9-3
Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 28, Phil Coke 2, Jose Veras 2
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alex Gordon, LF4010011 .269
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B4021001 .241
Eric Hosmer, 1B3110112 .298
Billy Butler, DH4010022 .292
Mike Moustakas, 3B4000023 .234
Salvador Perez, C3112010 .285
David Lough, RF3010010 .283
Jarrod Dyson, CF1100110 .261
Alcides Escobar, SS3111000 .233
Totals2948429  
Batting
2B - Eric Hosmer (30, Verlander), David Lough (17, Verlander)
HR - Salvador Perez (11, Verlander)
SH - Jarrod Dyson (3)
RBI - Emilio Bonifacio (27), Salvador Perez 2 (66), Alcides Escobar (46)
2-OUT RBI - Emilio Bonifacio (10), Salvador Perez 2 (26)
SB - Jarrod Dyson (30, 2nd base off Verlander/B. Pena)
CS - Emilio Bonifacio (7, 2nd base by Verlander/B. Pena)
Team LOB - 4
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Danny Duffy 4.1222510 1.85
Wade Davis (W,7-10) 1.2000110 5.54
Will Smith (H,4) 0.1211010 2.76
Luke Hochevar (H,5) 1.2100010 1.74
Greg Holland (S,39) 1000020 1.42
WP - Danny Duffy (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Danny Duffy 87-44, Wade Davis 25-15, Will Smith 8-7, Luke Hochevar 21-16, Greg Holland 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Danny Duffy 2-9, Wade Davis 2-2, Luke Hochevar 2-2
Batters Faced - Danny Duffy 19, Wade Davis 6, Will Smith 3, Luke Hochevar 6, Greg Holland 3
Game Information
Attendance - 20402
Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 96
Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Scott Barry