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Royals 6, Tigers 5: Salvador Perez drove in three runs and Mike Moustakas had a go-ahead solo homer among three hits as host Kansas City defeated first-place Detroit for the fifth time in the last six meetings.
Eric Hosmer recorded two hits and drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning as the Royals had a rare productive effort against Tigers starter Justin Verlander. Jeremy Guthrie (9-7) got the win despite giving up five runs and 10 hits in six innings and the Kansas City bullpen stranded four runners over the final three frames.
Verlander (10-7), who entered 15-2 with a 2.56 ERA against Kansas City, was charged with six runs - five earned - in 5 2/3 innings. He gave up eight hits, walked four and struck out just three batters for the third straight game.
Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez had RBI singles in the first and Torii Hunter recorded a sacrifice fly in the second to help Detroit take an early 3-1 lead. Perez, who had a sacrifice fly in the first, doubled in Hosmer and Billy Butler in the third to tie it and Moustakas yanked a solo shot to right to snap a 5-5 tie in the fifth.
Tim Collins and Luke Hochevar worked the seventh and Aaron Crow retired Hunter and Cabrera with runners at second and third to escape an eighth-inning jam. Greg Holland worked around a one-out double in the ninth to pick up his 24th save as the Royals pulled within six games of the Tigers.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Royals 2B Chris Getz left in the fifth inning with a left knee sprain. ... Verlander has a 4.82 ERA over his last 13 starts. ... Alex Avila was 3-for-4 with a two-run single and Martinez went 3-for-5 for Detroit.