Verlander, Tigers Hang On for Win Over Royals

6 years 4 months 1 week ago Saturday, August 06 2011 Aug 6, 2011 Saturday, August 06, 2011 9:18:00 PM CDT August 06, 2011 in Baseball
Source: AP
By: Dave Skretta

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.

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