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Royals can't hold lead in 7th, lose 4-2 to Tigers

Royals can't hold lead in 7th, lose 4-2 to Tigers”

The Kansas City Royals wasted a solid start by Ian Kennedy, who lasted 5.1 innings while allowing 4 hits, 2 walks, and 1 earned runs with three strikeouts. A solo home run by Tyler Collins tied the game and Victor Martinez's two-run single proved to be the difference. His 3.00 ERA, 2.40 FIP, and 1.22 WHIP were accompanied by 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings and 0.50 home runs per nine, leading the Royals to give him another shot in the rotation. Verlander walked Hosmer on a 3-2 count, then gave up a single to Kendrys Morales.

Tigers starter Justin Verlander cruised through the game's first five frames, but he ran into trouble in the top of the sixth.

2B Ian Kinsler hit his third leadoff homer of the season on Friday.

With one on and one out, Luke Hochevar relieved Kennedy and got the last two outs of the sixth. Hochevar was tagged with the loss after allowing three runs in 1.0 innings of work. Justin Verlander picked up the win, striking out 10 over seven innings of four-hit ball.

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Justin Wilson came in and closed the door on the Royals in the 8th and Francisco Rodriguez came in for a clean 9th, netting a 4-2 Tigers victory.

With the infield playing back, the lead-footed Martinez easily made it to first as Iglesias and Kinsler scored.Verlander struck out the side in the first inning.

The KC Royals had seized the lead after right fielder Steven Moya misplayed Salvador Perez's deep fly to right field into a double that bounced off the wall.

"It feels great, definitely, " Collins said.

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Royals manager Ned Yost, who was the American League skipper at the All-Star Game, talked a bit about Cabrera's gesture in Tuesday's game in which he insisted Kansas City's Eric Hosmer get another at-bat to try to boost his MVP case. According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Kansas City is the road favorite tonight, as the Royals are getting odds of -120 to win, while the Tigers have odds of +110 to prevail.

A quality start is defined as a pitcher lasting at least six innings and allowing no more than three runs.

LHP Daniel Norris threw out to 120 feet on Friday as he continues to recover from a right oblique strain that landed him on the 15-day disabled list July 5.

Follow along on your desktop or mobile device during Saturday's Royals-Tigers game for live stats and updates from Rustin Dodd, The Star's Royals beat reporter, and other Star sportswriters and editors.

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