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Detroit Tigers’ Saturday comeback falls short against KC Royals, 9-8

BY CODY FRIESEN

Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Salvador Perez and Carlos Santana hit three-run homers in the Kansas City Royals’ 9-8 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night.

Perez hit his 23rd home run of the season to highlight a four-run fourth. Santana gave the Royals the lead with a three-run homer to right in a five-run seventh.

“I think it got lost there at the end, but we were down six runs,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “I can’t think of another team that I have been around that is as resilient as this team.”

Hanser Alberto capped the seventh with a two-run, pinch-hit triple. Nicky Lopez went 3 for 3 with an RBI and a walk from No. 9 spot to help Kansas City win its fourth straight.

“We never quit, we just competed to the last out,” Perez said.

Jake Brentz (3-2) was the winner. Wade Davis finished for his second save of the season after Greg Holland gave up two runs in the ninth.

Kyle Funkhouser (4-1) allowed all five runs in the seventh for Detroit.

“It was not Funkhouser’s sharpest outing,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “They just kept pecking away at him and came up with a huge swing with Santana.”