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Royals salvage series finale

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Royals salvage series finale

Published on -7/14/2014, 10:05 AM

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By Tod Palmer

McClatchy-Tribune

It took 33.2 innings and nearly 12 hours of baseball for the Royals to take a lead during a four-game series with the Tigers.

It was worth the wait Sunday as the Royals rallied behind a five-run seventh inning and hit the All-Star Break by hanging a 5-2 loss around Justin Verlander's neck.

"Being able to pull this out at the end, after being down 2-0 and especially after the first three (games) didn't go our way, it's a huge boost going into the break," said Raul Ibanez, who snapped an 0-for-25 slump with a seventh-inning single.

The Royals, 48-46, had returned to Kansas City on Thursday with designs on putting a dent in the Tigers' 4.5-game lead in the AL Central.

Instead, the Tigers, 53-38, grabbed a three-run lead before the Royals batted in the series opener then overmatched manager Ned Yost's run-starved club until the seventh inning of the series finale.

"It does (change the mood) a little bit, even though it's one win," Yost said. "You feel like you could have taken three of four with a couple of well-placed hits, but we're eight games better than we were at this time last year."

The win also kept the Royals above .500 heading into the four-day All-Star respite and within 6.5 games of first place in the division.

The Royals resuscitated a scuffling offense, which produced only one run in losses Friday and Saturday, long enough Sunday to avoid a demoralizing sweep.

It wasn't a crushing display, but the Royals greeted Verlander with four consecutive singles to start the decisive seventh inning.

"Guys started putting together good at-bats," said All-Star closer Greg Holland, who headed for Minneapolis after recording his 25th save. "Verlander was pretty sharp all day, but the guys kept working and kept working. We got our opportunity and made the most of it. That's pretty rewarding."

Through six innings, Verlander handcuffed the Royals, who trailed 2-0 and had mustered only two hits -- Brett Hayes' two-out double in the third and Jarrod Dyson's two-out infield single in the fifth.

The tide turned when singles by Billy Butler, Mike Moustakas and Ibanez loaded the bases before Alcides Escobar's 80-foot infield single past the mound broke up the shutout.

"Good things are contagious," Ibanez said. "Sometimes the opposite is true too, but we got some good swings that inning and we caught a couple breaks."

Dyson's RBI groundout knotted the game and chased Verlander, who allowed four runs on six hits in 6.1 innings, but the Tigers' bullpen couldn't staunch the bleeding.

Two batters after Salvador Perez, who pinch hit for Hayes, was intentionally walked to load the bases again, Omar Infante slashed a two-run single off Al Albuquerque -- the third of four Tigers' pitchers in the inning.

"I got lucky he threw me a slow pitch," Infante said of the game-winning hit. "I was waiting for a slider and waiting for that pitch. I made good contact."

Eric Hosmer, who extended his hitting streak to a career-best 13 games, pushed the lead to 5-2 with a ground-rule double to center that kept the crowd of 23,424 rocking.

That was more than enough cushion for Wade Davis and Holland, who both threw perfect innings to polish off the victory.

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