Hernandez, Merrifield lead Royals to win over Tigers

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Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Jose Urena throws against the Kansas City Royals in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)

DETROIT (AP) — Carlos Hernandez pitched five shutout innings and Whit Merrifield drove in a pair of runs as the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 3-1.

The win clinched the season series for the Royals, who lead 10-7 with two games remaining.

Hernandez allowed two hits, walked three and hit a batter, one start after allowing seven runs in four innings against the Oakland A’s.

Four relievers finished, with Scott Barlow pitching the ninth for his 15th save.

Detroit’s Casey Mize gave up one run on two hits in three innings. Detroit’s best young pitcher is working as an opener to reduce his innings.

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