Young shines in spot-start, Royals flirt with no-hitter in 4-1 win over Tigers

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chris Young pitched five no-hit innings and the Detroit Tigers didn’t break through until the eighth in a 4-1 loss Friday night to the Kansas City Royals

Young, making his first start of the year after five relief appearances, struck out nine and walked three before exiting with his pitch count reaching 81.

Young (2-0) walked the bases full with one out in the fourth, but recovered to strike out J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes on seven pitches to end the inning.

Ryan Madson pitched two perfect innings after Young was pulled. Kelvin Herrera allowed the first Tigers’ hit in the eighth inning.

Kendrys Morales drove in three of the Royals’ runs

Left-hander Kyle Lobstein (2-2) took the loss, yielding four runs on 10 hits in 7 1-3 innings.

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