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Royals lose again, swept by Tigers

Sunday, July 8, 2012 | 3:21 p.m. CDT; updated 4:24 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 8, 2012
Kansas City Royals starter Everett Teaford pitches against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 8, 2012, in Detroit. The Tigers won 7-1.

DETROIT — Delmon Young homered for the fourth consecutive game, Prince Fielder hit a three-run shot and Jhonny Peralta homered and drove in three runs in the Detroit Tigers 7-1 win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday to complete a sweep of the three-game weekend series.

The power display backed Max Scherzer (8-5), who allowed a run and five hits over seven innings, walking one and striking out seven.

It was the Tigers' season-high fifth-straight win and put them two games over .500 — heading into the All-Star break — for the first time since April 25 (10-8).

Phil Coke pitched a perfect eighth and Octavio Dotel worked a perfect ninth.

Peralta was 3-for-4 with two doubles.

Salvador Perez homered for Kansas City.

Royals' starter Everett Teaford (1-2) took the loss. He allowed five runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. He walked a batter and struck out five.

Peralta's two-out, two-run homer in the second inning gave Detroit a 2-0 lead. His towering drive down the left-field line and into the stands came on Teaford's 0-1 pitch and followed Brennan Boesch's single. It was Peralta's fifth home run.

Perez cut the lead in half for Kansas City with his fourth homer, leading off the third. A right-handed batter, Perez lined Scherzer's 1-0 pitch over the right-field fence and into the stands.

Young's 10th home run, leading off the fourth made it 3-1. He lined Teaford's 2-2 pitch into the shrubbery beyond the right-centerfield fence, an estimated 433 feet away.

Kansas City threatened with runners on second and third with two out in the fifth on a lead-off single by Jeff Francoeur and Alex Gordon's two-out double that sent Francoueur to third. But Scherzer got Alcides Escobar swinging to end the inning.

Fielder's three-run homer in the fifth broke the game open, giving the Tigers a 6-1 lead.

He greeted reliever Tim Collins by launching his first pitch halfway up the right-field stands, an estimated 417 feet away. It also scored Austin Jackson and Quintin Berry, who led off the inning with singles.

It was the 15th homer for Fielder — his third in four games — who was voted the American League starter at first base by the fans for Tuesday night's All-Star Game in Kansas City. He will also participate in Monday night's Home Run Derby. Fielder is batting .299 and has 63 RBIs.

Peralta doubled in a run in the eighth.


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