Hosmer strikes big blow as Royals finish off Tigers

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Updated: September 8, 2013

Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) – Eric Hosmer hit the go-ahead three-run
homer in the fifth inning, as Kansas City downed Detroit, 5-2, in the rubber
match of a three-game series.

Alex Gordon and Billy Butler each contributed a pair of hits and a run driven
in for the Royals, who took the final two contests in the set and have won six
of their last eight overall.

Bruce Chen (7-2) served up just five hits and a pair of runs with four
strikeouts over seven solid innings. Greg Holland tossed a scoreless ninth for
his 40th save.

Jose Iglesias hit a two-run homer for the Tigers, who have dropped five of
seven but still maintain a healthy lead over Cleveland in the AL Central.

Doug Fister (12-8) was charged in the loss for eight hits and five runs across
6 1/3 frames.

The Royals went ahead in the fifth, as Gordon and Emilio Bonifacio singled
with two down and Hosmer launched his 16th homer of the season to center for a
4-2 lead.

Jarrod Dyson began the home seventh with a triple and eventually came around
on a Gordon base hit for a three-run edge.

Kelvin Herrera turned away the Tigers in order in the eighth and Holland
served up a two-out double to Prince Fielder before retiring Victor Martinez
on a grounder to second to end the game.

In the third, Alex Avila singled with one out and Iglesias followed with a
two-run shot to left.

Bonifacio walked, moved up on a Hosmer single and scored on a Butler base hit
for a 2-1 game in the home fourth.

Game Notes

Kansas City has won nine of 16 meetings with Detroit, including six of nine at
Kauffman Stadium … Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera entered Sunday
hitting .441 (15-34) with three doubles, five home runs and 11 RBI during his
career against Chen, but finished 0-for-4 … Fielder played in his 486th
consecutive game, continuing the longest active streak in the majors.