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MLB: Detroit 3, Kansas City 1

July 7, 2011 at 11:55 PM   |   Comments

KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 7 (UPI) -- Ryan Raburn and Don Kelly produced all the Detroit runs with homers Thursday and the Tigers got clutch relief pitching in downing Kansas City 3-1.

Max Scherzer won his 10th game on his fourth attempt, working around six hits in 6 2/3 innings while giving up Kansas City's lone run.

Phil Coke relieved Scherzer (10-4) and retired the only man he faced in the seventh. Joaquin Benoit then gave up a hit without allowing a run in the eighth.

Jose Valverde walked a batter with two away in the ninth but avoided further damage in picking up his 22nd save.

Raburn hit a two-run homer in the second and Kelly had a solo shot in the ninth. The Tigers won their second straight to remain 1 1/2 games behind AL Central Division-leading Cleveland.

The hard-luck loss went to Danny Duffy (1-3), who surrendered two runs on four hits in six innings.

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