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Royals lose no-hit bid in 8th, but tame Tigers
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KANSAS CITY— Royals spot starter Chris Young tossed five innings of no-hit ball, and the bullpen kept the no-no going for seven innings before the Tigers’ Nick Castellanos singled in the eighth, but Kansas City held on for a 4-1 victory on Friday night in front of 38,186 fans at Kauffman Stadium.

Castellanos broke up the combined no-hitter with a line-drive single to left off reliever Kelvin Herrera.

The game got intense in that same eighth when the Tigers loaded the bases with one out off Herrera, who then dueled Miguel Cabrera in a 10-pitch at-bat before striking him out. Victor Martinez then flied to left to end the inning.

“He is such a good hitter,” Herrera said. “I threw a couple of sinkers, middle and middle in, he just fouled them off. Other hitters, you might get them there.”

Royals manager Ned Yost said he was close to lifting Herrera, who gave up two walks and two hits before the Cabrera at-bat.

“Pretty close,” Yost said. “If he lost Cabrera, I was going to go get him.”

Young rolled through the Tigers’ order with just one hiccup in the fourth when he walked three hitters. But he also got out of it by striking out the side. Young threw a season-high 81 pitches, 51 for strikes.

“That was the story of the game for us, what Chris Young did,” Yost said.

Young continued his dominance of Detroit -- he came into the game with a career 1.67 ERA against the Tigers.