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Royals vs. Tigers: Kansas City unable to come back, fall 5-4

The Royals got another strong pitching performance from a veteran starting pitcher, but fell 5-4 to the Detroit Tigers after the team couldn't get a lead on Thursday afternoon.

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The Royals lost to Detroit Thursday, 5-4

The Kansas City Royals dropped another close game to Detroit Thursday afternoon, losing, 5-4, on a walk-off groundout from the Tigers' Alex Avila. The Royals (70-86) came close, again, to hurting the Tigers' AL Central pennant chances in their last 2012 visit to the Motor City, yet Kansas City leaves town without a win in the four-game set.

Detroit's offense plated runs early off Royals starter Luis Mendoza. Prince Fielder and Delmon Young knocked in runs in the first, and the damage might have been greater had Fielder not been thrown out at home trying to score on an Andy Dirks single. Quintin Berry drove in two more runs with a second-inning triple. Mendoza (8-9, 4.36) settled down after the second, holding the Tigers (84-72) to two singles in five more innings of work.

Doug Fister was brilliant for seven innings, shutting out the Royals and striking out 10. Fister tired in the eighth and let Kansas City back into the game. Mike Moustakas and Jeff Francoeur led off the inning with back-to-back doubles, scoring Moustakas. A Johnny Giavotella groundout drove in Francoeur, and then Tony Abreu drove in David Lough with a single before Phil Coke relieved Fister and got the Tigers out of the inning.

A 4-3 Detroit lead entering the ninth was erased by a Billy Butler home run off Joaquin Benoit. The Tigers responded with a Prince Fielder double to lead off the home ninth; then an intentional walk, fielder's choice and a Moustakas error set the table for Avila to drive in pinch-runner Don Kelly with a groundout to first.

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Unable to hold lead, Royals fall to Tigers 5-4

After dropping the first two games of a four-game series against the Detroit Tigers, the Kansas City Royals were unable to hold onto a lead in the third game on Wednesday night and instead fell to Detroit, 5-4.

Jeremy Guthrie registered seven innings of work and allowed four runs, including a three-run fourth inning.

Opposing Guthrie was right-handed starting pitcher Rick Porcello, who lasted just four innings. The righty allowed seven batters to reach base in his four innings and allowed four runs.

The Royals held a 4-1 lead entering the bottom of the fourth, but the Tigers' offense was then able to rattle off three runs and tie the game. Despite out-hitting the Tigers on Wednesday, the Royals were unable to score another run after Porcello exited the game and recorded just three hits in the five innings that followed.

Kansas City will now look to snap its four-game losing streak on Thursday night against the Detroit Tigers and avoid being swept by them as well.

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Royals held scoreless by Detroit, 2-0

Unable to play the role of spoiler on Tuesday night at Comerica Park, the Kansas City Royals came up short in a hard-fought game against the Detroit Tigers, 2-0.

Royals lefty Bruce Chen yielded 10 hits through six and 2/3 innings to take his 13th defeat of the season, and now has just one start remaining in his 2012 campaign. Along with failing to make it through the seventh inning for the fifth consecutive outing, Chen also tossed a season-high 115 pitches in the loss.

Offensively, Kansas City simply could not find a way to beat Detroit's Anibal Sanchez on a night when the veteran right-hander appeared to have total command of his pitches. Sanchez was dealing with a recent string of poor outings entering Tuesday's game, but still managed to come out and hold the Royals to just three hits for his fifth career shutout.

Set to face Tigers youngster Rick Porcello (9-12, 4.57 ERA), the Royals plan to send 33-year-old pitcher Jeremy Guthrie (7-12, 4.80 ERA) to the mound in Game 3 of the series on Wednesday.

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Royals' Bruce Chen looks to even season record

With wins in two of the last three games of their final series against the Chicago White Sox, the Royals jeopardized the AL Central leaders' playoff hopes and allowed the Tigers to close the gap in the division. After losing to Detroit on Monday night, the Royals have a pair of opportunities to throw a similar wrench in the plans of the Tigers, beginning on Tuesday night.

In the first of the back-to-back wins against the White Sox that began on Wednesday night, Royals pitcher Bruce Chen held the opposing team scoreless until he was pulled in the seventh inning. Kelvin Herrera and Greg Holland finished up the shutout effort. Now Chen will take the mound again on Tuesday night as he tries to earn one more win to even his 2012 record at 12-12.

To get the win, Chen will have to hope that the Royals batters can find success against Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez. The end of the season has been rough for Sanchez, as he has earned losses in five of his last eight starts, including one on Thursday when he allowed five runs in less than six innings to the Oakland A's.

The first pitch at Comerica Park is scheduled to be thrown at 6:05 p.m. CT and will be televised on Fox Sports Kansas City and Fox Sports Detroit.

For more on the Kansas City Royals, be sure to check out Royals Review. For more on the Detroit Tigers, head over to Bless You Boys.

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