KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Ervin Santana could be traded before the end of the month, and his superb effort Friday might make some contenders interested.
Santana allowed two singles in 7 1/3 innings and the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 1-0 on Friday night to snap a five-game losing streak. The third-place Royals are seven games behind the first-place Tigers.
Santana, who can be a free agent after the season and widely has been speculated to be traded before the July 31 deadline without a player clearing waivers, did not allow a runner to reach second base. He walked one and struck out six.
"Everything was working, especially my location," Santana said. "Everything was down."
Santana (6-6), who was coming off his worst outing of the season, when he allowed eight runs on 10 hits in a July 11 loss at Cleveland, retired the first 10 Tigers before Torii Hunter's one-out single in the fourth.
"That club over there has the best 2-3-4-5-6 hitters in baseball, I feel," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "That shows how you how good Santana was."
The Royals are 4-2 against the American League Central Division-leading Tigers, with five of the games decided by two or less runs.
"Both teams hit the ball better than the results showed," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "It was a very good game. Santana pitched good and we swung the bats good, but didn't get much result. We couldn't get some balls to fall. But they earned it."
The Tigers were shut out for the seventh time this season.
2B Chris Getz, who was recalled after hitting .313 in 14 games with Triple-A Omaha, started Friday. He went 0 for 2 with a walk and a strikeout. ... Tigers IF Omar Infante, who went on the disabled list July 4, will link up with the club Saturday for an evaluation of his sprained left ankle. He has been rehabbing at the Tigers' facility in Lakeland, Fla. . ... RHP Justin Verlander, who starts Saturday, has a 0.64 ERA in two games this season against the Royals, but no decisions. The Royals will counter with RHP Jeremy Guthrie, who is 5-2 in seven home starts this season. . The Tigers dropped to 9-12 in one-run games. . Butler collected his 23rd multi-hit game.
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