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Detroit Hands KC Third Straight Loss

Associated Press - August 15, 2013 9:26 pm

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DETROIT (AP) – Prince Fielder homered for the first time in three weeks, hitting a two run shot in the first inning to help the Detroit Tigers to a 4-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals Thursday night.

Andy Dirks added two doubles and two singles for the AL Central leading Tigers, who took the opener of this five game series with third place Kansas City. The Royals have lost three in a row after a 17-3 stretch that put them in contention for a postseason spot.

Detroit’s Anibal Sanchez (11-7) allowed a run and seven hits in 7 1/3 innings. Bruce Rondon finished the eighth, and Joaquin Benoit pitched a hitless ninth for his 16th save in 16 chances.

Jeremy Guthrie (12-9) allowed four runs and 13 hits in seven innings.

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