Royals Squeak by Tigers 3-2

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DETROIT — After a disappointing blowout loss on Tuesday night, the Kansas City Royals (7-16, 7-6 away) had to grind out a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers (12-12, 7-8 home) Wednesday afternoon at Comerica Park.

Tigers pitching ace Justin Verlander (2-1, 2.38 ERA) tossed eight innings today. He gave up two runs on six hits, struck out seven, and walked one. Verlander’s one walk would prove costly.

Royals center fielder Jarrod Dyson drew a leadoff walk in the top of the first inning. After Dyson stole second and moved over to third, an RBI double by Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer brought him home and Kansas City led 1-0.

Royals starter Jonathan Sanchez (1-1, 5.24) pitched five shutout innings. He gave up one hit, struck out two, and walked two.

Kansas City’s bullpen turned in another effective outing. The Tigers had managed only two hits up until the eighth inning. Tigers left fielder Brennan Boesch tied the game at 2-2 after he crushed a two-run home run off Royals reliever Aaron Crow (3.75 ERA).

In the ninth, Royals second baseman Chris Getz hit the go ahead RBI single off Tigers reliever Joaquin Benoit (0-1, 4.35 ERA)  to give the Royals a 3-2 lead.

Royals closer Jonathan Broxton (2.08 ERA) slammed the door shut with his fourth save of 2012.

After a successful road trip, The Royals (7-16, 0-10 home) return to Kansas City on Thursday as they try to nab their first home win of 2012 in a four-game series against the New York Yankees (13-10, 6-5 away).

Royals left-handed starter Danny Duffy (1-2, 3.63 ERA) will face off against Yankees starter David Phelps (3.57 ERA).

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