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After delay, Royals down Tigers in 10th
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DETROIT— The weekend showdown between the Tigers and Royals lasted into Monday morning before Omar Infante’s 10th-inning sacrifice fly decided the rubber match of their three-game set, sending Kansas City to a 2-1 win at Comerica Park.

Aside from an early run apiece, Shane Greene and Chris Young took an unlikely pitching duel into the late innings. While Greene pounded the ball on the ground, Young got early contact to frustrate Tigers hitters for the second time in just over a week. Neither had a strikeout until Young fanned Nick Castellanos leading off the fifth. Greene didn’t have a swing and miss until the top of the fifth, and no strikeout until the seventh.

It took a one-hour, 43-minute rain delay to stop the Sunday night pitching display, turning it into a Monday morning marathon. Alex Gordon was ruled to have been hit by Angel Nesbitt’s first pitch of the 10th, took second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on Salvador Perez’s groundout to the right side and scored when Infante drove a ball to deep center field.

In the bottom of the 10th, Royals closer Greg Holland escaped a bases-loaded no-out situation, preserving the win by getting Hernan Perez to bounce into a double play and later, getting Yoenis Cespedes to strike out.

“Unbelievable,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “I still felt good with the bases loaded because I have seen Holly get out of bases loaded and no outs situations before.”

Royals reliever Jason Frasor also got out of a bases-loaded two-out situation in the ninth.

“You overcome adversity and the job that Jason and Greg did to get out of the last two innings, just a great team win,” Young said. “It’ll make the flight much more enjoyable.