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Royals clip Tigers, complete sweep

Aug 31, 2012 - 3:46 AM Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Jeremy Guthrie worked 7 1/3 outstanding innings on Thursday and the Kansas City Royals completed a three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers with a 2-1 victory at Kauffman Stadium.

Guthrie (3-3) allowed one run and scattered 10 hits with three strikeouts and no walks to snap a string of two straight no-decisions. He has not lost since Aug. 3.

Tim Collins and Aaron Crow finished off the eighth and Kelvin Herrera earned his first save with a scoreless ninth.

Alex Gordon crushed a solo home run and Johnny Giavotella added an RBI on a groundout for the Royals, who completed their first sweep of the division- rival Tigers since taking three straight from Sept. 8-10, 2009.

Rick Porcello (9-10) was saddled with the loss after allowing two runs on eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts over five-plus innings. Jhonny Peralta knocked in the only run for the Tigers, who have lost four of their last six games.

The Royals broke a scoreless deadlock with a run in the fifth inning. Mike Moustakas started the inning with a double, Jeff Francoeur singled and Eric Hosmer walked to load the bases with no outs. Giavotella grounded into a fielder's choice which allowed Moustakas to score.

Gordon extended the Royals' lead to 2-0 after he led off the sixth with a towering shot to right-center field that just had enough juice to get over the wall.

Prince Fielder smacked a one-out single off Guthrie in the eighth and Delmon Young followed with a base hit to put runners on the corners. Collins came out of the bullpen and allowed an RBI base hit to Peralta, cutting the lead to 2-1.

Herrera walked pinch-hitter Alex Avila on four pitches to begin the ninth and Andy Dirks singled two batters later. But Herrera got Miguel Cabrera to ground into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play.

Game Notes

Gordon extended his hitting streak to eight games ... Hosmer has hit safely in 13 of his last 15 games ... Francoeur snapped an 0-for-19 slump ... The Tigers were swept for the first time since losing three in a row to the Cleveland Indians from May 22-24 ... Detroit fell to 17-19 in one-run games and 20-49 when scoring four-or-less runs ... The Tigers finished 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11 on base.