Royals Shut Out Tigers

By: By DOUG TUCKER, AP Sports Writer
By: By DOUG TUCKER, AP Sports Writer

Kansas City 5, Detroit 0
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AP - Aug 29, 9:26 pm EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The AL Central gap is growing for the Detroit Tigers.

Esteban German hit a go-ahead triple in a five-run first inning against Andrew Miller, and the Kansas City Royals beat Detroit 5-0 Wednesday night in only the second shutout against the Tigers this year.

Detroit fell 4 1/2 games behind division-leading Cleveland, matching the largest deficit of the season for the defending AL champions. Detroit, also that far out after play on June 1, has dropped the first two games of this three-game series in a stadium where the Tigers had been 14-1 in their 15 previous outings.

Miller (5-5) got only two outs in his 13th major league start, allowing five runs, five hits, two walks and two hit batters. Detroit has lost eight of its last 12 games.

Zack Greinke pitched four shutout innings in his second strong start since rejoining the rotation on Aug. 24. On a strict pitch count, the right-hander allowed six hits, struck out seven and walked one.

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