Detroit Tigers win again, complete 3-game sweep of K.C. Royals, 6-5

The bats were hot for the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday in Kansas City.

The Tigers’ seventh-inning rally was enough to hold off the Royals, 6-5, and complete a three-game series.

The big blow in the seventh, after a leadoff walk by Niko Goodrum, came off the bat of Willi Castro, who launched a 3-2 breaking ball from Greg Holland to center field for a two-run home run to tie the game, 3-3. The ball traveled 421 feet.

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“He’s getting some confidence at the plate and and starting to hunt the right pitches,” Tigers manager AJ Hinch said. “The home run bat was a long at-bat and … they were teasing him a little bit with the breaking ball. He laid off of get to (3-2, and a) veteran pitcher makes a mistake and Willie made him pay.”

A wild pitch from another Royals reliever, Scott Barlow, allowed Robbie Grossman to run home, giving the Tigers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

In the eighth, another wild pitch, this from Jake Brentz, opened the door for Goodrum to slide home, pushing the lead to two.