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Guthrie, Royals win 10th straight, edge Tigers 2-1

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DETROIT -- Alex Gordon's grounder up the middle looked like a routine out -- until it hit second base and took a wacky bounce, allowing the game's first run to score.

With breaks like that, it's no wonder the Kansas City Royals have won 10 in a row.

Omar Infante added a solo homer and Jeremy Guthrie pitched impressively into the seventh inning, helping the Royals extend their longest winning streak in 20 years with a 2-1 victory against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.

Kansas City has outpitched, outhit and outfielded the Tigers in taking the first three games of this series -- so the Royals have no reason to apologize for a little luck along the way.

"Baseball's a funny game -- you've got to take full advantage of those," Kansas City's Eric Hosmer said. "We're not complaining about it either."

The AL Central-leading Royals have not won this many games in a row since a run of 14 in 1994. They extended their division lead over the Tigers to 1½ games.

Guthrie (4-6) allowed four hits and struck out nine in 6⅔ innings. Drew Smyly (3-6) nearly matched him, but the Detroit left-hander was victimized by Gordon's fluky RBI single in the first inning and Infante's homer in the fifth.

J.D. Martinez hit a home run off Guthrie in the seventh, but the Kansas City bullpen got the last seven outs, with Greg Holland pitching the ninth for his 21st save in 22 chances.

Kansas City will try for a four-game sweep of the Tigers on Thursday. The Royals began the series by pounding star right-handers Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer, then Guthrie took the mound and breezed through the team that has won the last three division titles.

"This could be the best game he's thrown all year," Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. "He was fabulous. ... We had to go back to our old way of doing things -- pitching and defense."

It was Guthrie's second successive game with nine strikeouts -- he also reached the mark June 13 against the Chicago White Sox. He had some help Wednesday from his fielders, as Gordon saved a run in the fourth with a diving catch in left-center.

"I'm not that fast, but I can turn it on when I want to," the Kansas City left fielder said.

Fortune seemed to favor the Royals throughout the afternoon. With a runner on second in the first, Gordon's two-out bouncer up the middle looked like a groundout to the shortstop, but it ricocheted off second base for a hit, allowing Hosmer to come home.

In the second, Detroit's Victor Martinez dropped a nice bunt against a shifted defense, only to have the ball roll foul inches before reaching third base.

J.D. Martinez homered in the seventh, and Nick Castellanos nearly tied it later in the inning with a two-out drive to left that bounced off the fence for a double. Kelvin Herrera relieved Guthrie and retired Don Kelly on a lineout to center.

Wade Davis struck out the side in the eighth, and Holland made it through the ninth after allowing a leadoff single to Miguel Cabrera.

Smyly allowed two runs and seven hits in seven-plus innings. He struck out six without a walk.

The Tigers have lost 20 of 29 to fall out of first place. During his postgame news conference, Detroit manager Brad Ausmus replied sarcastically to a question about how his mood is when he heads home after these tough defeats.

"I beat my wife," Ausmus said, clearly trying to joke. "I'm just kidding around. No, luckily my wife and kids are fantastic. I do get a little mopey at home, but my wife and kids are good."

About a minute later, without being prompted, Ausmus said he was sorry.

"I didn't want to make light of battered women," the first-year manager said. "I didn't mean to make light of that, so I apologize for that if that offended anyone."

Notes

Kansas City OF Nori Aoki (groin) and Detroit OF Torii Hunter (hamstring) did not play. ... Royals C Salvador Perez extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a ninth-inning single. ... Detroit 2B Ian Kinsler made a nice diving stop on Infante's grounder in the third. ... Kansas City LHP Danny Duffy (4-5) faces Detroit RHP Anibal Sanchez (3-2) on Thursday.

 
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Kansas City's Jeremy Guthrie (4-6) allows four hits and strikes out nine in 6 2/3 innings against Detroit. (Getty Images)
Kansas City's Jeremy Guthrie (4-6) allows four hits and strikes out nine in 6 2/3 innings against Detroit. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

O. Infante
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Detroit

J. Martinez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Omar Infante, 2B4121000 .255
Eric Hosmer, 1B4110022 .259
Billy Butler, DH4010002 .271
Alex Gordon, LF4011011 .288
Salvador Perez, C4010002 .280
Lorenzo Cain, RF4020011 .322
Mike Moustakas, 3B4000024 .171
Alcides Escobar, SS3000000 .291
Jarrod Dyson, CF3010020 .300
Jeremy Guthrie, P0000000 .000
   Kelvin Herrera, P0000000 .000
   Wade Davis, P0000000 .000
   Greg Holland, P0000000 .000
Totals3429208  
Batting
HR - Omar Infante (4, Smyly)
RBI - Omar Infante (34), Alex Gordon (39)
2-OUT RBI - Omar Infante (13), Alex Gordon (16)
SB - Eric Hosmer (2, 2nd base off Smyly/Avila), Alex Gordon (5, 3rd base off Smyly/Avila)
CS - Lorenzo Cain (2, 2nd base by Smyly/Avila)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Jeremy Guthrie (6, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeremy Guthrie (W,4-6) 6.2411191 3.86
Kelvin Herrera (H,5) 0.1000000 2.32
Wade Davis (H,13) 1000030 1.15
Greg Holland (S,21) 1100010 1.30
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 105-67, Kelvin Herrera 3-3, Wade Davis 16-11, Greg Holland 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 4-7
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 25, Kelvin Herrera 1, Wade Davis 3, Greg Holland 4
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rajai Davis, LF4000020 .278
Ian Kinsler, 2B3010120 .291
Miguel Cabrera, DH4010012 .318
Victor Martinez, 1B4000022 .332
J.D. Martinez, RF4121012 .299
Alex Avila, C4000022 .212
Nick Castellanos, 3B3010001 .269
Don Kelly, CF3000011 .232
Eugenio Suarez, SS3000020 .303
Drew Smyly, P0000000 .000
   Joba Chamberlain, P0000000 .000
   Ian Krol, P0000000 .000
Totals32151113  
Batting
2B - Nick Castellanos (15, Guthrie)
HR - J.D. Martinez (5, Guthrie)
RBI - J.D. Martinez (21)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Suarez-Kinsler-Martinez
E - Victor Martinez (4, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Drew Smyly (L,3-6) 7722061 3.48
Joba Chamberlain 1100010 2.97
Ian Krol 1100010 2.96
Pitches-Strikes - Drew Smyly 106-75, Joba Chamberlain 11-9, Ian Krol 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Drew Smyly 4-10, Joba Chamberlain 1-0, Ian Krol 1-1
Batters Faced - Drew Smyly 27, Joba Chamberlain 3, Ian Krol 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37209
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - D.J. Reyburn, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Tom Hallion