Tigers down Royals in opener of five-game series

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Updated: August 15, 2013

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) – Andy Dirks had a pair of doubles among his four
hits to go with two runs scored in the Detroit Tigers’ 4-1 win over the Kansas
City Royals in the opener of a five-game set.

Anibal Sanchez (11-7) surrendered just a run on seven hits and a walk while
fanning five over 7 1/3 innings for the Tigers, who have won back-to-back
tilts on the heels of a 1-4 stretch.

Prince Fielder smacked a two-run homer, his first long ball in three weeks,
and Joaquin Benoit fired a scoreless ninth to notch his 16th save of the
season in the triumph.

Jeremy Guthrie (12-9) allowed four runs on 13 hits over seven frames for
Kansas City, which has dropped three straight following a 17-3 stretch that
put the Royals in contention for a postseason appearance.

Alex Gordon’s RBI single in the opening frame staked Kansas City a quick 1-0
lead, but the Tigers answered with a pair of runs in the home first and added
two more in the fifth to give them a 4-1 advantage.

Dirks led off the home first with a single and after Torii Hunter and Miguel
Cabrera both flied out, Fielder cracked a towering two-run shot that just
crept into the front row of seats in right-center to put Detroit in front.

In the fifth, a Dirks double put runners on second and third with one out
before Hunter’s hot-shot single back through the box plated Jose Iglesias.
Dirks came home when Cabrera fisted a looping single into center for Detroit’s
three-run spread.

The Royals never got a runner past first base after Chris Getz singled and
stole second in the fifth.

Game Notes

Detroit was 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position, while the Royals
finished 1-for-9 with RISP … Fielder has 18 homers and 83 RBI this season
… Cabrera picked up his 115th RBI.