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Published: Monday, 6/16/2014

Royals beat Tigers 11-8

Verlander roughed up as K.C. pulls to within half game of AL Central leaders

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Kansas City Royals' Alex Gordon slides safely into home plate as Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila can't handle the throw on a error by pitcher Evan Reed in the seventh inning. Kansas City Royals' Alex Gordon slides safely into home plate as Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila can't handle the throw on a error by pitcher Evan Reed in the seventh inning.
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DETROIT — Omar Infante hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning and had an RBI single in a four-run fifth against former teammate Justin Verlander, helping the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 11-8 tonight.

Kansas City has won a season-high eight straight to pull within a half-game of the AL Central-leading Tigers.

Detroit scored six runs in the ninth inning and pulled within three on J.D. Martinez’s two-out grand slam off Donnie Joseph.

Michael Mariot struck out Austin Jackson looking for the final out.

Jason Vargas (7-2) gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks to win his third straight.

Verlander (6-7) allowed seven earned runs in consecutive starts for the first time in his career, giving up a season-high 12 hits and striking out two over six innings.



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