DETROIT, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Paul Byrd tossed a four-hitter and Mike Sweeney drove in two runs Saturday as the Kansas City Royals snapped their four-game road losing streak with a 5-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Byrd (16-11), who had allowed 16 earned runs in his last two starts, recorded his American League-leading seventh complete game. The last Royals pitcher to have that many was Bret Saberhagen in 1991.
The righthander struck out six and walked one en route to earning his career-high 16th win. Byrd is the first Kansas City pitcher to win 16 games since David Cone in 1994.
Byrd also improved to 3-1 with a 1.39 ERA in four starts against Detroit this season.
Sweeney reached on an infield single in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. He is batting .313 during the stretch.
Tigers rookie starter Andy Van Hekken (1-1) left the game in the top of the second with a bruised left thumb after being hit by a line drive off the bat of Joe Randa.