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Fister sharp as Tigers clip Royals

Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Miguel Cabrera and Andy Dirks belted solo homers to back six sharp innings from Doug Fister as the Detroit Tigers averted a three-game series sweep by the Kansas City Royals with a 4-1 victory at Kauffman Stadium.

Dirks was one of four Detroit players to finish with two hits, while Brayan Pena added two RBI on a pair of sacrifice flies for the AL Central leaders.

Fister (8-5) did his part by holding the Royals to a run on six hits while striking out five before turning the game over to the bullpen, where three Tiger relievers kept Kansas City off the board the rest of the way.

Joaquin Benoit gave up a hit in the ninth before closing things out for his ninth save in as many chances this season.

The Royals went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position en route to their sixth loss in eight games, with Miguel Tejada's solo homer in the second inning accounting for the club's lone run.

James Shields (4-7) worked seven innings in defeat for Kansas City, allowing three runs on nine hits while fanning six.

07/21 17:14:06 ET