J.D. Martinez solo HR restores 3-run lead, Tigers up 4-1

The Detroit News

Royals at Tigers

When: 7:08 p.m.

Where: Comerica Park, Detroit

TV/radio: FSD and MLB Network/97.1

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J.D. Martinez restores 3-run lead

J.D. Martinez leads off Tigers’ fifth with solo home run to left, Tigers 4-1

Royal answer in 5th

Alcides Escobar singled to right in 5th. Norichika Aoka singled to right. Omar Infante singled to right to score Escobar. Alex Gordon walked to load the bases. Max Scherzer strikes out Eric Hosmer to get out of bases loaded jam, Tigers 3-1.

Rajai Davis goes deep

Alex Avila led off with a walk and was thrown out at second on Andrew Romine's bunt to the pitcher. Rajai Davis slammed a home run to left field. Tigers, 3-0

Tigers strike first

Torii Hunter singled to left. Miguel Cabrera doubled to right and Victor Martinez was intentionally walked to load the bases. J.D. Martinez hit a drive to deep right to score Hunter. Tigers, 1-0

Quick hits

Here’s what you need to know:

■The Tigers trail the Royals by one game for the American League Central Division lead. Detroit beat Kansas City, 9-5, in the first game of the series on Monday, which also marked the 9,000th win in franchise history.

■Max Scherzer, Monday’s Tigers starter, is 9-1 in 12 starts this season at Comerica Park with a 2.77 earned-run average.

■Miguel Cabrera was named AL Co-Player of the Week on Monday. Cabrera batted .500 (15-for-30) with five homers and nine runs batted in over seven games last week.

News bulletin

Here are some Tigers stories to catch up on prior to first pitch:

■ John Niyo: Tigers are used to the heat of playoff chase

■ Tigers get to Royals' Jeremy Guthrie again, cut AL Central deficit to 1 game

■ Tigers' Torii Hunter, Don Kelly narrowly avoid serious injury during outfield collision

■ Lynn Henning: Tigers will miss 3-million attendance mark, but by no fault of their own

■ Tyler Collins working hard to earn spot in Tigers' future

Tigers lineup

1. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B

2. Torii Hunter (R) RF

3. Miguel Cabrera (R) DH

4. Victor Martinez (S) 1B

5. J.D. Martinez (R) LF

6. Nick Castellanos (R) 3B

7. Alex Avila (L) C

8. Andrew Romine (S) SS

9. Rajai Davis (R) CF

SP: RH Max Scherzer (15-5, 3.25)

Royals lineup

1. Nori Aoki (L) RF

2. Omar Infante (R) 2B

3. Alex Gordon (L) LF

4. Salvador Perez (R) C

5. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B

6. Josh Willingham (R) DH

7. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B

8. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF

9. Alcides Escobar (R) SS

SP: LH Jason Vargas (11-7, 3.14)