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Smyly Strikes Down 10 As Tigers Beat Royals

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Drew Smyly.(File photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Drew Smyly.(File photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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DETROIT (97.1 The Ticket/AP) – Starting pitcher Drew Smyly threw 10 strikeouts and the Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2 on Friday night.

As heard on 97.1 The Ticket – The rookie Smyly pitched six strong innings, allowing two runs on six hits in the outing.

Delmon Young homered for the Tigers to give Detroit a two-run lead and the eventual win over the Royals.

The win got the Tigers (42-42) back to .500 for the first time since May 15. They had failed the last eight times when needing one win to reach the mark.

Smyly (4-3) didn’t walk a batter. Four Detroit relievers finished, with Jose Valverde pitching the ninth for his 16th save in 19 tries.

Jonathan Sanchez (1-5) had his winless streak extend to 10 starts, allowing four runs in 5 2-3 innings. He has not won since beating the Los Angeles Angels on April 8.

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