Royals use clutch hitting to take second straight game from Detroit

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Royals moved to six games behind the division leading Detroit Tigers on the heels of a 6-5 victory on Saturday night. Mike Moustakas hit the go-ahead homerun in the sixth inning and the Royals got to Tiger ace Justin Verlander early en route to the victory.

The Tigers got as many hits (two) in the first inning as they did in nine innings on Friday night. They took an early lead but three RBI’s by catcher Salvador Perez locked the score at three after three innings.

The teams continued to trade leads and Verlander continued his struggles at Kauffman Stadium. He allowed five earned runs on eight hits. He also walked one more batter than he struck out.

Jeremy Guthrie gutted it out against a potent Tigers lineup, allowing 10 hits and five earned runs while striking out six. He did enough to put the Royals lineup in a position to win and the bullpen did the rest, scattering three hits over the final three innings. All-Star closer Greg Holland converted his 17th straight save to complete the victory.

The Royals will go for a sweep tomorrow when James Shields takes the hill for KC against Doug Fister. First pitch is at 1:10 p.m. at Kauffman Stadium.

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