July 8, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder Quintin Berry (52) slides in safely at third after hitting a triple during the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Tigers Vs. Royals: Detroit Picks Up 5th Straight Win On Sunday

The Tigers pulled off a three-game sweep of the Royals on Sunday with a 7-1 victory in the series finale.

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Tigers Vs. Royals Final Score: Detroit Sweeps Kansas City For 5th Consecutive Win

The Detroit Tigers will take an impressive five-game winning streak with them into the All-Star break, after wrapping up a 7-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday to cap off a three-game sweep.

Tigers hurler Max Scherzer tossed seven innings of one-run ball to snatch his eighth win of the year, fanning seven Kansas City batters in the process. In addition, Detroit outfielder Austin Jackson, a notable American League All-Star snub, also managed to extend his hitting streak to 15 games in the fifth inning with a single to left field.

Aside from Jhonny Peralta's RBI double in the eighth that extended Detroit's lead further, the Tigers picked up the entirety of their offense from the home run ball on Sunday. Peralta himself started things off with a two-run shot in the second frame, while Delmon Young chipped in a solo homer two innings later. From there, Prince Fielder stepped to the plate in the fifth and sent a three-run bomb to the bleachers in right that broke the game wide open and forced Kansas City starter Everett Teaford to the showers.

Now two games above .500 at the midpoint of the baseball season, the Tigers can regroup for a crucial stretch of their schedule before the July 31 trade deadline comes calling.

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Tigers Vs. Royals Final Score: Detroit Fights Off Late Rally For 8-7 Win

The Detroit Tigers had a rough start to their season, but have started to gain some ground back in the AL Central with a solid winning streak. On Saturday, they made that streak more impressive with an 8-9 victory over the Kansas City Royals, making them winners in their last four outings. It was the second game of a three-game set.

Doug Fister was the winning pitcher, picking up that much-needed win to move to 2-6 on the season. Still, his outing wasn't a very stellar one - he lasted six innings, giving up eight hits and four runs while striking out two and walking three. He also allowed one homerun, a solo shot by Mike Moustakes to right field.

It was Jose Valverde that almost lost Detroit the game. HE came in for the ninth inning and gave up three runs off of two hits with two walks. But in the end, he was able to stop the bleeding and seal the one-point victory.

Bruce Chen started the game for the Royals, and he was shelled right off the bat. He lasted just over three innings, giving up nine hits and six runs, with two walks and three strikeouts. He gave way to Nate Adcock, who gave up two runs in relief, which was enough to give the Tigers a win.

They'll try to close out the first half of the season with a five-game winning streak and a sweep of the Royals on Sunday.

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Tigers Vs. Royals Final Score: Delmon Young Homer Gives Detroit 4-2 Win

Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander were presented with their 2012 All-Star jerseys before Friday's game against the Kansas City Royals. Delmon Young must have felt a little left out, or maybe inspired by the pageantry, as his sixth inning heroics sealed a 4-2 win for the Tigers.

Quintin Berry hit a triple in the third inning that scored Ramon Santiago and Austin Jackson. The Royals answered in fifth with two runs of their own. But the tie game lasted only long enough for Delmon Young to make his next plate appearance.

Young homered for the second straight game in the bottom of the sixth inning. Young's eighth home run of the season drove in Prince Fielder and broke a 2-2 tie.

Starting pitcher Drew Smyly finished the game with 10 strikeouts in six innings of work, allowing just two earned runs six hits. That was Smyly's highest strikeout total for any start this season. It improves his record to 4-3 with a 4.42 ERA in 15 starts this season.

The Tigers and Royals are in action again on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. Eastern.

For more on the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals, check out their respective SB Nation blogs at Bless You Boys and Royals Review. More news and analysis on MLB can be found over at Baseball Nation.

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