Tigers drop series finale against KC

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers like where they are in the standings heading into the All-Star break.

Despite a 5-2 loss to second-place Kansas City on Sunday, the Detroit Tigers are heading into the break with a 6.5-game lead over K.C. in the AL Central.

And they've won 15 of their past 21 games, including three out of four in this AL Central series.

"The big picture is that we just took three out of four in Kansas City and we're going into the break in first place," manager Brad Ausmus said.

"We've played much better the last three weeks. We never enjoy losing, but we'll take the time off and come back after the break."

A five-run seventh inning keyed by Omar Infante's two-run single and an RBI double from Eric Hosmer prevented the Tigers from pulling off the four-game sweep.

Four of the runs were charged to Justin Verlander, who took a two-hit shutout into the seventh but loaded the bases on three straight singles.

"He was throwing well," Ausmus said. "He had a good downward angle on his fastball and in the seventh inning it hit the brakes. I wanted him to have a good outing before the break, but it just didn't work out."

Verlander (8-8) lost for just the fifth time in 15 career decisions in Kauffman Stadium.

METS 9, MARLINS 1

NEW YORK -- Jacob deGrom had a tiebreaking single and again shut down the Marlins with seven impressive innings, David Wright doubled twice and drove in two runs, and the New York Mets completed a three-game sweep of Miami with a 9-1 victory.

NATIONALS 10, PHILLIES 3

PHILADELPHIA -- Jayson Werth homered and drove in four runs, and Tanner Roark pitched seven strong innings to lead Washington over Philadelphia.

BRAVES 10, CUBS 7

CHICAGO -- Chris Johnson had three hits, including his third homer in two days, and Atlanta beat the Chicago Cubs to stay in a virtual tie with Washington for first place in the NL East.

RED SOX 11, ASTROS 0

HOUSTON -- Clay Buchholz allowed three hits and struck out a career-high 12 in his fifth career shutout in Boston's rout of Houston.

RAYS 3, BLUE JAYS 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- All-Star David Price scattered five hits in eight-plus innings to win his fourth consecutive start and Tampa Bay beat Toronto.

ANGELS 10, RANGERS 7

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Mike Trout doubled twice and drove in four runs as the Los Angeles Angels beat Texas and took a five-game winning streak into the All-Star break.

BREWERS 11, CARDINALS 2

MILWAUKEE -- Elian Herrera got five hits while filling in for mourning shortstop Jean Segura, and Milwaukee ended a seven-game losing streak by routing St. Louis.

GIANTS 8, DIAMONDBACKS 4

SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner became the first pitcher in 48 years to hit two grand slams in a season, and Buster Posey also hit a slam that boosted San Francisco over Arizona.

ATHLETICS 4, MARINERS 1

SEATTLE -- Sonny Gray limited Seattle to six hits and one unearned run in Oakland's victory.

DODGERS 1, PADRES 0

LOS ANGELES -- Hyun-Jin Ryu struck out 10 and outpitched first-time All-Star Tyson Ross, and Yasiel Puig singled home the only run in the Los Angeles Dodgers' win over San Diego.

TWINS 13, ROCKIES 5

DENVER -- Brian Dozier cranked up for the Home Run Derby at the All-Star game with two homers, and Minnesota beat Colorado.

ORIOLES 3, YANKEES 1, 41⁄2 INNINGS, RAIN

BALTIMORE -- Chris Davis hit a two-run homer to back a strong pitching effort by Kevin Gausman, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees in a game called by rain after 41/2 innings.

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