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Cain HR, Hosmer Single Lead Royals Over Tigers 3-2

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KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 12: Elliot Johnson #23 of the Kansas City Royals leaps over Ramon Santiago #39 of the Detroit Tigers as he throws to first to complete a double play in the third inning at Kauffman Stadium on June 12, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, MO – JUNE 12: Elliot Johnson #23 of the Kansas City Royals leaps over Ramon Santiago #39 of the Detroit Tigers as he throws to first to complete a double play in the third inning at Kauffman Stadium on June 12, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lorenzo Cain hit a tying, two-run homer off Jose Valverde with two outs in the ninth inning and Eric Hosmer had a winning single in the 10th, helping the Kansas City Royals overcome Justin Verlander’s seven scoreless innings Wednesday in a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

Verlander did not allow a batter past first base, giving up three singles, striking out eight and walking two in a 117-pitch outing, his second-highest total this season. Verlander has a 15-2 record with a 2.56 ERA in 25 starts against the Royals.

Drew Smyly pitched a one-hit eighth, then allowed a leadoff single in the ninth to Hosmer and was replaced by Valverde. He retired Santiago Perez on a flyout and struck out Billy Butler as Hosmer stole second — becoming the first Kansas City runner in scoring position.

Cain fouled off three pitches, then sent an 85 mph offering over the wall in left-center.

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