Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals touches home plate and celebrates with teammate Eric Hosmer #35 after hitting a two-run home run against the Detroit Tigers in the sixth inning on September 7, 2013 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY (DETROIT FREE PRESS) - Salvador Perez's two-run home run in the sixth was the difference in the Detroit Tigers' 4-3 loss to the Royals tonight in Kansas City, Mo.
Miguel Cabrera was 1-for-2 with two walks and two RBIs, giving him 133 for the season.
Nick Castellanos, the Tigers' prized outfield prospect, made his first career start in leftfield. He got his first career hit on an infield single, though the play could be changed to an error because Castellanos was safe because first baseman Eric Hosmer dropped the ball.
Justin Verlander pitched seven innings, giving up four earned runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out seven on 114 pitches.
Kansas City took the lead in the sixth. Hosmer opened the inning with a double to right. Then with two outs, Salvador Perez hit a towering home run to left off Verlander (12-11) to give the Royals the two-run cushion.
Detroit cut into the lead in the seventh. Brayan Pena singled off reliever Will Smith and Austin Jackson singled, forcing Kansas City to bring in Luke Hochevar. After striking out Torii Hunter, Hochevar gave up an RBI single to Cabrera.
But Hochevar got the Tigers out 1-2-3 in the eighth. Greg Holland got Pena to line out to center and then struck out pinch hitter Alex Avila and Jackson to end the game.
The Tigers loaded the bases in the fifth, which started with Castellanos' first career hit. With one out, Ramon Santiago and Jackson walked, ending starter Danny Duffy's night. Wade Davis (7-10) came in and struck out Hunter, but walked Cabrera on a full-count pitch, scoring Castellanos to take the lead.
But the Royals tied the game in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Jarrod Dyson drew a walk and then stole second. Then Alcides Escobar drove in the runner with a single to left.
Duffy gave up two earned runs on two hits and five walks while striking out just one in 4 1/3 innings.
Phil Coke got an out, but gave up a walk in the eighth. He was replaced by Jose Veras, who struck out Billy Butler and Mike Moustakas.
Detroit opened the scoring in the first after Jackson drew a leadoff walk. He got to second on a wild pitch and after Cabrera walked, Prince Fielder hit a single to right to make it 1-0.
The Royals tied the game in the third. David Lough hit a leadoff double to center and was bunted over to third, but was thrown out at home on Escobar's fielder's choice to first. Alex Gordon singled to push Escobar to third and Emilio Bonifacio hit a bunt single down the third base line for the RBI.
KIRKLAND CRAWFORD - DFP