Verlander, Tigers Hang On for Win Over Royals
KANSAS CITY (AP) -- Justin Verlander lasted seven innings despite some balky defense behind him and the Detroit Tigers hung on to beat the Kansas City Royals 4-3 on Saturday night, moving their ace into a tie for the major league lead in wins.
Verlander (16-5) won his fifth straight start and improved to 13-2 in his career against Kansas City. The AL Cy Young Award contender allowed three runs on five hits with eight strikeouts in another solid performance.
Joaquin Benoit pitched out of a jam in the eighth for Detroit and Jose Valverde converted his 32nd straight save to start the season, matching the club record set by AL MVP Willie Hernandez in 1984.