Royals blow lead late to Detroit

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July 23, 2018 - 11:00 PM

Major League Baseball: Tigers 5, Royals 4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A pair of veteran pitchers let a rookie’s first chance at a major-league win slip out of the Royals’ grasp on Monday night at Kauffman Stadium.

With the Royals leading by two runs in the ninth inning, embattled reliever Brandon Maurer allowed three straight hits and blew a save as the Tigers tied the game. Jason Hammel, making his fourth appearance out of the bullpen since shuffling out of the rotation in disgrace at the beginning of July, allowed a double to James McCann that put the Tigers ahead in the Royals’ 5-4 defeat.

Royals closer Wily Peralta was shelved after appearing in three straight games. Maurer, who’s recorded three saves since joining the Royals in a trade 364 days ago, was trusted to keep Heath Fillmyer in line for the win.

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