Royals Outlast Tigers to Earn Split

5 years 3 months 3 days ago September 01, 2011 Sep 1, 2011 Thursday, September 01 2011 Thursday, September 01, 2011 3:12:00 PM CDT in Baseball
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) -- Jeff Francoeur homered for his 1,000th career hit and drove in three runs, and the Kansas City Royals outlasted the Detroit Tigers 11-8 Thursday to salvage a split of their four-game series.

Johnny Giavotella hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the seventh inning against Luis Marte, who was making his major league debut. Eric Hosmer added a solo shot in the eighth. Hosmer also had two singles and two walks.

Francoeur opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the second. Aaron Crow (4-4) allowed three runs in the sixth, his only inning of work, but was credited with the win after the Royals re-took the lead in the seventh. Phil Coke (2-9) got the loss.

Joakim Soria earned his 25th save.

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