Royals tally 11 runs, hold off Tigers in Detroit

Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer (35) celebrates with Alex Gordon, left, as Omar Infante (14) and Norichika Aoki (23) look on after a Billy Butler double against the Detroit Tigers in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Monday, June 16, 2014.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Kansas City Royals' Eric Hosmer (35) celebrates with Alex Gordon, left, as Omar Infante (14) and Norichika Aoki (23) look on after a Billy Butler double against the Detroit Tigers in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Detroit, Monday, June 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

DETROIT (AP) – Omar Infante hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning and had an RBI single in a four-run fifth against former teammate Justin Verlander, helping the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 11-8 Monday night.

Kansas City has won a season-high eight straight to pull within a half-game of the AL Central-leading Tigers.

Detroit scored six runs in the ninth inning and pulled within three on J.D. Martinez’s two-out grand slam off Donnie Joseph.

Michael Mariot struck out Austin Jackson looking for the final out.

Jason Vargas (7-2) gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks to win his third straight.

Verlander (6-7) allowed seven earned runs in consecutive starts for the first time in his career, giving up a season-high 12 hits and striking out two over six innings.

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