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Gordon slams Tigers

By Tyler Fulghum, Sports Director, tylerf@kmiz.com
Published On: Apr 25 2013 05:12:55 PM CDT
Alex Gordon

Associated Press photograph

Alex Gordon connects on a 10th inning grand slam against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday afternoon.  Kansas City won the game in extra innings, 8-3.

DETROIT -

Alex Gordon's grand slam highlighted a five-run 10th inning for the Kansas City Royals, who rallied against the Detroit bullpen for an 8-3 win Thursday after Tigers ace Justin Verlander left with a thumb injury.

Verlander had been outstanding, once again, through seven innings of work before leaving the game having thrown 96 pitches.

George Kottaras put the Royals ahead 4-3 with a bases-loaded walk off Phil Coke (0-3). Darin Downs came on for Detroit after that, but Gordon broke the game open one out later with his homer over the center-field wall.

Verlander is day-to-day with what the team said was cracked skin on his throwing thumb.

The right-hander allowed two runs - one earned - in seven innings and left with a 3-2 lead. Bruce Rondon gave up the tying run in the eighth in his major league debut.
    
Tim Collins (1-0) got the win.

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