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Royals fall to Tigers

July 8, 2012

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— This wasn’t the road trip the Kansas City Royals were expecting.

They limp into the All-Star Break 3-7 in their travels through Minnesota, Toronto and Detroit, after Sunday’s 7-1 loss to the Tigers.

“The trip was disappointing. Coming into the thing, you’re four games out and four games under (actually 51⁄2 games out and five games under. 500),” said Royals’ manager Ned Yost. “Definitely not the way we figure it would be.”

Kansas City was bludgeoned by Detroit’s power display and dominated by Max Scherzer (8-5).

Delmon Young homered for the fourth consecutive game, Prince Fielder hit a three-run shot, and Jhonny Peralta homered and drove in three runs, while Scherzer allowed a run and five hits over seven innings, walking one and striking out seven.

“He was pretty good. He was 96 (mph), good run on his fastball,” Yost said about Scherzer. “He was good. It’s the best we’ve seen him.”

Royals’ starter Everett Teaford (1-2) took the loss. He allowed five runs on seven hits in 41⁄3 innings. He walked a batter and struck out five.

“Left a fastball up to Peralta, he’s a good high-ball hitter,” Teaford said. “To Delmon, I overthrew a change-up. Didn’t get it down and away. He’s a good hitter.”

Salvador Perez homered for Kansas City’s only run.

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.

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

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