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Avila’s 2 HRs Lead Tigers Over Royals 3-2

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Alex Avila #13 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates with teammates Ramon Santiago #39 after hitting a solo run home run during the eight inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park on September 15, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Alex Avila #13 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates with teammates Ramon Santiago #39 after hitting a solo run home run during the eight inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park on September 15, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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By NOAH TRISTER/AP Baseball Writer

DETROIT (AP) – Alex Avila homered twice, including a tiebreaking solo shot in the eighth inning that lifted the Detroit Tigers over the Kansas City Royals 3-2 Sunday.

Detroit’s Max Scherzer struck out 12 in seven innings, but he was denied his 20th victory when Kansas City tied it off Drew Smyly (6-0) in the eighth. Avila answered in the bottom half with a homer to right-center.

Joaquin Benoit pitched the ninth for his 20th save in 20 chances for the AL Central-leading Tigers.

Jeremy Guthrie (14-11) pitched all eight innings for the Royals, who began the day 3 1-2 games back in the AL wild-card race.

Avila’s first homer was a two-run shot in the second. Alex Gordon hit a solo homer for Kansas City in the fourth.

 

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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