Tigers power past Royals to open 5-game series in Detroit

Detroit Tigers' Prince Fielder, right, celebrates his two-run home run against the Kansas City Royals with Miguel Cabrera in the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Detroit Tigers' Prince Fielder, right, celebrates his two-run home run against the Kansas City Royals with Miguel Cabrera in the first inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

DETROIT (AP) – Prince Fielder homered for the first time in three weeks, hitting a two-run shot in the first inning to help the Detroit Tigers to a 4-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.

Andy Dirks added two doubles and two singles for the AL Central-leading Tigers, who took the opener of this five-game series with third-place Kansas City. The Royals have lost three in a row after a 17-3 stretch that put them in contention for a postseason spot.

Detroit’s Anibal Sanchez (11-7) allowed a run and seven hits in 7 1-3 innings. Bruce Rondon finished the eighth, and Joaquin Benoit pitched a hitless ninth for his 16th save in 16 chances.

Jeremy Guthrie (12-9) allowed four runs and 13 hits in seven innings.

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