June 11, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder Don Kelly (32) doubles in a run against the Kansas City Royals during the second inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Tigers Scratch One Out Against The Kansas City Royals

Well it wasn’t pretty but these are the kind of games that make the difference between squeaking out a division title  and walking away with one.  If the  Tigers can manage to keep winning these low scoring games when the opportunity presents itself, they will be walking away with the American League Central.

Kansas City has a much improved pitching staff.  So much so that they lead the American League in ERA.  So it is understandable why the Tigers may struggle on the round against Kansas City hurlers. In fact, the main reason the Royals trail the Tigers by 5 1/2 in the American League Central is  because their offense has been woefully inconsistent. The Royals rank 13th in runs scored dead last in home runs.

Max Scherzer earned his ninth win of the year by scattering 3 hits and 2 runs over 7 innings. Mad Max inporves to 9-0, the best start for the Detroit Tigers pitcher since 1938.

Don Kelly continued his clutch hitting with men in scoring position with an RBI single in the bottom of the first.  Andy Dirks scored Omar Infante on a hustle play beating a throw by SS Alcides Escobar in the top of the fifth.

Kansas City Tied the game in the bottom of the fifth on a homer and two singles. But they would only get 2.

Victor Martinez broke the 2-2 tie with a sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth. That turned out to be the winning run as Jose Valverde closed it out for his 9th save of the season.

The Tigers and Royals play the rubber match of their three game series at Kauffman Stadium tomorrow at 2:10pm. Justin Verlander will take the ball against the Royals Jame Shields. You can skip work and catch the game on Fox Sports Detroit.

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