Royals 4, Tigers 3
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.
Kyle Snyder (1-3) pitched 3 2-3 scoreless innings for the win, giving up three hits and striking out four.
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.