DETROIT (AP) -- Prince Fielder hit a two-run, game-tying homer in
the first, Delmon Young had a two-run home run to pad the lead in
the seventh inning and the Detroit Tigers held on to beat the
Kansas City Royals 8-7 Saturday.
Detroit closer Jose Valverde started the ninth with a four-run
lead and almost lost it.
Valverde walked Alex Gordon on four pitches to lead off the
inning, gave up a double to Alcides Escobar and walked Eric Hosmer
to load the bases. All-Star Billy Butler hit a two-run single to
pull Kansas City within two runs.
Yuniesky Betancourt nearly hit a go-ahead, three-run homer on a
fly center fielder Austin Jackson tracked down near the wall in
left-center. Jackson charged to make an underhanded catch on Mike
Moustakas sacrifice fly for the second out and Jeff Francoeur