Royals closing in on 70 losses after falling to Tigers

A bad season continues to get worse for the Royals.

Miguel Cabrera drove in the go-ahead run and the Detroit Tigers held on through a nervy ninth for a 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night. Rodriguez (6-5) needed just 37 pitches to shut down the Royals lineup the first time, and the left-hander had a no-hitter going until Matt Duffy‘s one-out single in the fifth.

Rodriguez wound up striking out seven Royals’ batters without allowing a walk. Jason Foley worked the eighth for Detroit before Alex Lange ran into trouble closing things out.

Lange began the bottom of the ninth by hitting catcher Salvador Perez. He then was able to get pinch hitter Nicky Lopez to ground into a double play, but then walked Michael Massey. Drew Waters followed with a sharp single that looked as if it might score the tying run, but third base coach Vance Wilson controversially threw up the stop sign, leaving the Royals with runners on the corners and two outs.

It proved to be a costly mistake.

Lange proceeded to strike out Kyle Isbel and finish off his 16th save.

Javier Baez homered for the Tigers and Kerry Carpenter also drove in a run for the Tigers. Ryan Yarbrough (2-5) allowed three runs on six hits and a walk.

Yarbrough — who missed 55 games this season with head fractures from a line drive — began to cramp. And the Tigers took full advantage of the situation. He was checked on by the Kansas City training staff and threw one warm-up pitch before departing, and Hernandez proceeded to walk Baez before Cabrera’s single put Detroit ahead for good.

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