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Verlander's struggles continue as Royals beat Tigers 11-8


DETROIT (WKZO)- Justin Verlander had given up no runs through four innings and then all of sudden the flood gates opened.  Verlander started by giving up four runs in the 5th inning as the Royals took a 4-2 lead.  The biggest hit of that inning was Billy Butler driving in three with a double over Austin Jackson's head.  

In the sixth it was more of the same as former Tiger Omar Infante hit a three run home run to left field to give the Royals a 7-2 lead.

Evan Reed came in to relieve Verlander in the seventh and gave up four runs without recording an out and the Royals led 11-2 after the seventh inning.

Blaine Hardy made his debut for the Tigers as he pitched two innings giving up no runs on one hit while walking two and striking out two.

The Tigers started off with a 2-0 lead as Rajai Davis drove in Alex Avila with a double in the 3rd inning and Austin Jackson hit a single to drive in Victor Martinez in the fourth inning.

The Tigers tried to rally in the bottom of the ninth as Davis drove in a run in the ninth inning to give the Tigers another run and make it 11-3.  Martinez then had a infield single make it 11-4 Royals.  Then with the bases loaded J.D. Martinez hit a grand slam to make it 11-8 and that is where it ended.

Verlander's final line was six innings pitched and he gave up seven runs on 12 hits while walking two and striking out two.  Verlander's ERA is now hovering around five.

The Royals have now trimmed the Tigers lead to a 1/2 game in the AL Central and could take the lead from the Tigers tomorrow with a win, but the Tigers will try to prevent that as they send Max Scherzer (8-2 3.05 ERA) to the mound and the Royals counter with Yordano Ventura (4-5 3.20 ERA).  Broadcast time is at 6:40 pm on AM 590 WKZO.