Royals 4, Tigers 3

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)—Pinch-hitter Denny Hocking’s two-out, two-run single in the ninth inning gave Kansas City its first four-game sweep in six years as the Royals beat the Tigers 4-3 Wednesday.

The Royals avoided becoming the first team in the majors with 100 losses this season. Detroit dropped its seventh in a row despite an impressive home run by Chris Shelton that bounced off an SUV.

Kansas City has won six in a row at home, its best streak at Kauffman Stadium since it went 11-0 to start the 2003 season. This was the Royals’ first four-game sweep since May 1999 at Minnesota, and their first at home since August 1994 against Oakland.

Tigers reliever Fernando Rodney (1-3) gave up a leadoff single to Matt Stairs in the ninth. Mark Teahen doubled with one out and Angel Berroa was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out.

After John Buck struck, Hocking batted for Andres Blanco and singled on a 2-2 pitch.

Kyle Snyder (1-3) pitched 3 2-3 scoreless innings for the win, giving up three hits and striking out four.

Aaron Guiel hit a solo home run in the Royals’ third. Emil Brown had a sacrifice fly in the sixth, giving him a team-leading 81 RBIs.

Shelton opened the sixth with a drive that ricocheted off an SUV on display three-fourths of the way up the grass beyond the left-field fence. The shot was estimated at 449 feet, the longest in Kansas City this year, and gave Detroit a 3-1 lead.

Curtis Granderson led off the Tigers’ third with a home run. He has three homers, four doubles and eight RBIs in his past 13 games.

Jason Johnson, who was sent back to the Tigers’ team hotel on Tuesday with a sore throat, gave up five hits, and two runs in six innings. He failed to improve to 4-0 in five starts against the Royals this season.

Royals lefty Jimmy Gobble, making his fourth start since being moved into the rotation, allowed three runs on five hits over 5 1-3 innings.

Shelton’s sacrifice fly in the third scored Placido Polanco, who had tripled for one of his three hits.


Detroit RF Magglio Ordonez snapped an 0-for-16 with a sixth-inning single. … The Tigers have 44 home runs in the past 31 games. … RHP Runelvys Hernandez, who starts Thursday for the Royals, is 0-3 in his past six starts. It will be his second start since serving a 10-game suspension.

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