Royals win 7-4, extend Tigers' skid to 9 games
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Paulo Orlando hit a two-run homer, his first of the season, as the Kansas City Royals rallied from a three-run deficit to beat Detroit 7-4 on Wednesday night, the Tigers' ninth straight loss.
The Tigers are 4-22 in September and have been outscored 68-30 in the skid. The last time Detroit lost nine in a row was Sept. 1-9, 2005.
Orlando's home run was his first since Sept. 19, 2016, going 117 at-bats between long balls.
Scott Alexander (5-4), the third Kansas City pitcher, picked up the victory with 1 1/3 scoreless innings.
Drew VerHagen (0-3) gave up the home run to Orlando with Alcides Escobar, who had tripled, aboard.
The Royals padded their lead with a three-run eighth, which was highlighted by a two-run double by Escobar. Whit Merrifield scored the first run of the inning on a wild pitch by Chad Bell.