Perez, Mous­takas homer in 12th to fuel Roy­als’ win

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ROY­ALS 5, TIGERS 3 (12)

DETROIT (AP) — Sal­vador Perez and Mike Mous­takas hit con­sec­u­tive homers in the 12th in­ning, and the Kansas City Roy­als won their sixth straight game, 5-3 over the Detroit Tigers on Mon­day night.

Hours af­ter the Roy­als helped their pitching staff by ac­quir­ing Trevor Cahill and two re­liev­ers in a trade with San Diego, Kansas City out­lasted the Tigers to stay 1 ½ games be­hind first-place Cleve­land in the AL Cen­tral. Jorge Boni­fa­cio also home­red for the Roy­als, who won de­spite squan­der­ing a 3-0 lead in the sixth.

Jakob Ju­nis (3-2), one of seven re­liev­ers used by Kansas City, pitched a hit­less 11th for the win. Kelvin Her­rera fin­ished for his 20th save in 23 chances.

Drew VerHa­gen (0-1) took the loss, al­low­ing the homers to Perez and Mous­takas in his third in­ning of work.

Perez put the Roy­als up 4-3 with his 20th homer of the year, a line drive that stayed in­side the foul pole in left field, to lead off the 12th. Mous­takas fol­lowed with a drive to right for his 29th home run of 2017.

Amid on­go­ing spec­u­la­tion he could be traded soon, Justin Ver­lan­der al­lowed three runs and five hits in seven in­nings for Detroit. He struck out nine and walked two.

Kansas City starter Ja­son Ham­mel al­lowed three runs and five hits in 52/3 in­nings.

Kansas City scored first when Boni­fa­cio came home on a wild pitch in the fourth. Mous­takas added

a sac­ri­fice fly later that in­ning to make it 2-0.

Boni­fa­cio led off the sixth with his 14th home run, but Detroit scored three runs in the bot­tom of the in­ning. Miguel Cabr­era hit an RBI sin­gle, and Alex Avila lined a two-out, two-run sin­gle to left-cen­ter off re­liever Scott Alexan­der. It was Avila's third hit all sea­son off a left-han­der.

NA­TIONAL LEAGUE

CAR­DI­NALS 8, ROCK­IES 2 Ran­dal Grichuk hit a two-run homer, Mike Leake pitched seven score­less in­nings and the St. Louis Car­di­nals beat the Colorado Rock­ies. Leake’s six-strike­out per­for­mance was his best since giv­ing up one run over eight in­nings against Washington on June 30. It was the first win for Leake (7-8) against the Rock­ies since Aug. 10, 2011. Kevin Siegrist pitched the Car­di­nals out of a two-on, one-out jam in the eighth by get­ting Ger­ardo Parra to strike out and Mark Reynolds to fly out. Tyler Lyons struck out the side in the ninth.

IN­TER­LEAGUE WHITE SOX 3, CUBS 1 Adam En­gel and

Matt Davidson home­red and the White Sox snapped a nine-game los­ing streak with a vic­tory over the crosstown ri­val Cubs at Wrigley Field. The Cubs lost for just the sec­ond time in 10 games fol­low­ing the All-Star break to fall a half-game be­hind idle first-place Mil­wau­kee in the NL Cen­tral. MAR­LINS 4, RANGERS 0 Gian­carlo Stan­ton hit more two home runs and moved into a tie for the ma­jor league lead, send­ing Adam Con­ley and the Mi­ami Mar­lins over the Texas Rangers. Stan­ton has 32 homers, in­clud­ing six in his last seven games, and matched Yan­kees rookie Aaron Judge for most in the ma­jors. Stan­ton hit a two-run drive in the first in­ning and a solo shot in the eighth.

IN­DI­ANS 6, REDS 2 Josh Tom­lin pitched six ef­fi­cient in­nings, Car­los San­tana home­red twice and the Cleve­land In­di­ans won their fourth straight, top­ping the tum­bling Cincin­nati Reds in the makeup of a May 25 rain­out. Tom­lin (79) gave up two homers but stayed in the strike zone and won his third straight start. Cleve­land’s bullpen did its part as well, with An­drew Miller work­ing two in­nings and Cody Allen fin­ish­ing up.

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