With free agency looming over players like Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar, the Royals will use the final few games to try to put on a show for loyal fans and celebrate the great accomplishments of this core group of players who brought the city their first World Series in 30 years back in 2015.
The winning continued Wednesday night.
Paulo Orlando hit a two-run blast in the seventh to help the Royals beat the Tigers, 7-4, at Kauffman Stadium. It was Orlando’s first homer of the season. Reliever Scott Alexander picked up the win and Mike Minor got the final two outs for his fourth save. Jeimer Candelario had two hits and three RBI in the loss. Reliever Drew VerHagen gave up the lone bomb to Orlando to fall to 0-and-3. Detroit has lost nine straight.
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