Guthrie, Royals win 10th straight 2-1 over Tigers

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie throws to a Baltimore Orioles batter in the first inning of a baseball game in Baltimore, Thursday, May 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

DETROIT (AP) – The Kansas City Royals won their 10th straight game Wednesday, extending the team’s best streak in 20 years. Jeremy Guthrie pitched impressively into the seventh inning to beat the Detroit Tigers 2-1.

The AL Central-leading Royals have not won this many games in a row since a run of 14 straight in 1994. They extended their division lead over the Tigers to 1 1/2 games.

Guthrie (4-6) allowed four hits and a walk while striking out nine. Drew Smyly (3-6) nearly matched him, but the Detroit left-hander was victimized by Alex Gordon’s RBI single in the first and a solo homer by Omar Infante in the fifth.

J.D. Martinez homered for the Tigers in the seventh, but the Kansas City bullpen got the last seven outs, with Greg Holland pitching the ninth for his 21st save in 22 chances.

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