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Royals 2, Tigers 1

DETROIT — Alex Gordon's grounder up the middle looked like a routine out — until it hit second base and took a wacky bounce, allowing the first run to score.

With breaks like that, it's no wonder the Royals have won 10 in a row.

Omar Infante added a solo homer and Jeremy Guthrie pitched impressively into the seventh inning, helping Kansas City extend its longest winning streak in 20 years with a 2-1 victory over the Tigers on Wednesday.

The Royals have outpitched, outhit and outfielded Detroit in taking the first three games of this series, so they have no reason to apologize for a little luck.

"Baseball's a funny game; you've got to take full advantage of those," Kansas City's Eric Hosmer said. "We're not complaining about it, either."

The Royals have not won this many in a row since a run of 14 in 1994. They extended their AL Central lead over the Tigers to 11/2 games.

Kansas City will try for a four-game sweep today. The Royals began the series by pounding former Cy Young Award winners Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer, then Guthrie took the mound and breezed through the team that has won the past three division titles.

"This could be the best game he's thrown all year," Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. "He was fabulous. … We had to go back to our old way of doing things: pitching and defense."

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