Royals finish sweep of Tigers

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DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 17: Alex Gordon #4 of the Kansas City Royals is congratulated by Alcides Escobar #2 of the Kansas City Royals after hitting a solo home run to tie the game against the Detroit Tigers at 1-1 in the eighth inning at Comerica Park on August 17, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

 

DETROIT (AP) — Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to give the Kansas City Royals a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night and complete a three-game sweep.

Hosmer broke up Anibal Sanchez’s no-hit bid with a double in the seventh inning after spoiling his perfect game bid with a walk in the fifth.

Sanchez threw seven shutout innings after allowing eight runs in four innings in his previous start. He struck out six and walked two Wednesday.

In the ninth, Shane Greene (2-3) allowed a one-out single to Lorenzo Cain before Hosmer’s line drive into the right-field stands. Drew Butera added an RBI single later in the inning.

Matt Strahm (1-0) got the win with 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief, and Kelvin Herrera pitched the ninth for his sixth save.

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