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 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. Hosmer finished 2-of-3 at the plate.
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.
Another awesome start from Yordano Ventura. 6.1 IP, 1 run, 5 hits, walked 2 and struck out 7. Gave up a solo homerun to Victor Martinez in the 2nd.
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.
Four wins in a row now for Kansas City. They’re back to .500 at 60-60, nine games back in the AL Central and 6.5 games back in the Wild Card standings. The Royals return home to start a four-game series with the Twins on tonight. Dillon Gee (4-6, 4.78) is scheduled to start against Minnesota’s Tyler Duffey (8-8, 5.71). First pitch at 7:15, pregame at 6:30 on KMAN.