Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jason Vargas falls while fielding a ground ball hit by Minnesota Twins' Brian Dozier during the third inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, April 18, 2014. Dozier was safe at first base on the play. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ Justin Verlander took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning and won his fourth straight decision, leading Detroit over the Kansas City Royals 9-4 Sunday and extending the Tigers' winning streak to a season-high five games.
Billy Butler singled to right on a 1-2 pitch with two outs in the sixth, leaving him with a .432 career average in 74 at-bats against the Detroit ace,
Verlander (4-1) allowed three runs, four hits and four walks in seven innings with seven strikeouts. Jarrod Dyson hit a two-run triple in the seventh and scored on a sacrifice fly by Nori Aoki, who walked his first three times up.
Verlander pitched no-hitters against Milwaukee in June 2007 and versus Toronto in May 2011. He improved to 17-5 against the Royals, the best winning percentage (.773) among active pitchers with 10 decisions or more.