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Guthrie, Royals Win 10th Straight, Edge Tigers 2-1

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DETROIT, MI - JUNE 18:  J.D. Martinez #28 of the Detroit Tigers is congratulated by Nick Castellanos #9 of the Detroit Tigers after hitting a solo home run against the Kansas City Royals during the seventh inning at Comerica Park on June 18, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – JUNE 18: J.D. Martinez #28 of the Detroit Tigers is congratulated by Nick Castellanos #9 of the Detroit Tigers after hitting a solo home run against the Kansas City Royals during the seventh inning at Comerica Park on June 18, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

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NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer

DETROIT (AP) — The Kansas City Royals won their 10th straight game, extending the team’s best streak in 20 years when Jeremy Guthrie pitched impressively into the seventh inning to beat the Detroit Tigers 2-1 Wednesday.

The AL Central-leading Royals have not won this many games in a row since a run of 14 in a row in 1994. They extended their division lead over the Tigers to 1 1/2 games.

Guthrie (4-6) allowed four hits and a walk while striking out nine. Drew Smyly (3-6) nearly matched him, but the Detroit left-hander was victimized by Alex Gordon’s RBI single in the first and a solo homer by Omar Infante in the fifth.

J.D. Martinez homered for the Tigers in the seventh, but the Kansas City bullpen got the last seven outs, with Greg Holland pitching the ninth for his 21st save in 22 chances.

(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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