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1:08 PM ET, June 18, 2014
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
DETROIT -- Alex Gordon's grounder up the middle looked like a routine out -- until it hit second base and took a wacky bounce, allowing the game's first run to score.
With breaks like that, it's no wonder the Kansas City Royals have won 10 in a row.
Omar Infante added a solo homer and Jeremy Guthrie pitched impressively into the seventh inning, helping the Royals extend their longest winning streak in 20 years with a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.
Kansas City has outpitched, outhit and outfielded the Tigers in taking the first three games of this series -- so the Royals have no reason to apologize for a little luck along the way.
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"Baseball's a funny game -- you've got to take full advantage of those," Kansas City's Eric Hosmer said. "We're not complaining about it either."
The AL Central-leading Royals have not won this many games in a row since a run of 14 in 1994. They extended their division lead over the Tigers to 1 1/2 games.
Guthrie (4-6) allowed four hits and struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings. Drew Smyly (3-6) nearly matched him, but the Detroit left-hander was victimized by Gordon's fluky RBI single in the first inning and Infante's homer in the fifth.
Kansas City will try for a four-game sweep of the Tigers on Thursday. The Royals began the series by pounding star right-handers Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer, then Guthrie took the mound and breezed through the team that has won the last three division titles.
"This could be the best game he's thrown all year," Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. "He was fabulous. ... We had to go back to our old way of doing things -- pitching and defense."
It was Guthrie's second straight game with nine strikeouts -- he also reached the mark June 13 against the Chicago White Sox. He had some help Wednesday from his fielders, as Gordon saved a run in the fourth with a diving catch in left-center.
Royals Bound For Playoffs?
The Royals have won 10 straight games for just the fifth time in franchise history. Kansas City made the playoffs in two of the three previous seasons in which it streaked, except 1994 when MLB's work stoppage nixed the postseason.
Most consecutive wins, Royals history
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"I'm not that fast, but I can turn it on when I want to," the Kansas City left fielder said.
Fortune seemed to favor the Royals throughout the afternoon. With a runner on second in the first, Gordon's two-out bouncer up the middle looked like a groundout to the shortstop, but it ricocheted off second base for a hit, allowing Hosmer to come home.
In the second, Detroit's Victor Martinez dropped a nice bunt against a shifted defense, only to have the ball roll foul inches before reaching third base.
J.D. Martinez homered in the seventh, and Nick Castellanos nearly tied it later in the inning with a two-out drive to left that bounced off the fence for a double. Kelvin Herrera relieved Guthrie and retired Don Kelly on a lineout to center.
Smyly allowed two runs and seven hits in seven-plus innings. He struck out six without a walk.
The Tigers have lost 20 of 29 to fall out of first place. During his postgame news conference, Detroit manager Brad Ausmus replied sarcastically to a question about how his mood is when he heads home after these tough defeats.
"I beat my wife," Ausmus said, clearly trying to joke. "I'm just kidding around. No, luckily my wife and kids are fantastic. I do get a little mopey at home, but my wife and kids are good."
About a minute later, without being prompted, Ausmus said he was sorry.
"I didn't want to make light of battered women," the first-year manager said. "I didn't mean to make light of that, so I apologize for that if that offended anyone."
NOTES: Kansas City OF Nori Aoki (groin) and Detroit OF Torii Hunter (hamstring) did not play. ... Royals C Salvador Perez extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a ninth-inning single. ... Detroit 2B Ian Kinsler made a nice diving stop on Infante's grounder in the third. ... Kansas City LHP Danny Duffy (4-5) faces Detroit RHP Anibal Sanchez (3-2) on Thursday.
DETROIT, MI - JUNE 18: Jeremy Guthrie #11 of the Kansas City Royals pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the...(Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|Detroit leads 9-4 (as of Wed 6/18)|
|Mon 3/31||@DET 4, KC 3||Recap|
|Wed 4/2||@DET 2, KC 1||Recap|
|Fri 5/2||DET 8, @KC 2||Recap|
|Sat 5/3||DET 9, @KC 2||Recap|
|Sun 5/4||DET 9, @KC 4||Recap|
|Mon 6/16||KC 11, @DET 8||Recap|
|Tue 6/17||KC 11, @DET 4||Recap|
|» Wed 6/18||KC 2, @DET 1||Box Score|
|Thu 6/19||@DET 2, KC 1||Recap|
|Thu 7/10||DET 16, @KC 4||Recap|
|Fri 7/11||DET 2, @KC 1||Recap|
|Sat 7/12||DET 5, @KC 1||Recap|
|Sun 7/13||@KC 5, DET 2||Recap|
|Sep 8, 2014||KC (Guthrie) @ DET (Verlander)||4:08 PM ET|
|Sep 9, 2014||KC (Vargas) @ DET (Scherzer)||7:08 PM ET|
|Sep 10, 2014||KC @ DET||7:08 PM ET|
|Sep 19, 2014||DET @ KC||8:10 PM ET|
|Sep 20, 2014||DET @ KC||7:10 PM ET|
|Sep 21, 2014||DET @ KC||2:10 PM ET|
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|1st||A Gordon reached on infield single to second, E Hosmer scored.||1||0|
|5th||O Infante homered to left (396 feet).||2||0|
|7th||J Martinez homered to left (364 feet).||2||1|
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|Stadium||Comerica Park, Detroit, MI|
|Attendance||37,209 (90.2% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||80 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - D.J. Reyburn, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Tom Hallion|
The Royals have won 10 straight games for just the 5th time in franchise history.[+]
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