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Detroit Tigers shut down 2-1 by Kansas City pitcher Kris Bubic

DETROIT (AP) — Kris Bubic kept up his mastery of the Tigers, pitching seven shutout innings and leading the Kansas City Royals over Detroit 2-1 on Sunday.

Bubic (6-6) gave up only two hits and a walk while striking out six. He allowed just three earned runs over 23 innings in four outings against Detroit this season.

Bubic doesn’t have an overpowering fastball but he located it well.

“He did fill up the strike zone early,” Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said. “He attacked us with his fastball and we just didn’t generate a lot of offense. Up until the last inning, I think our only hits were with two outs or erased on a double play.”

Scott Barlow survived a shaky ninth for his 16th save.

Isaac Paredes had two hits and drove in Detroit’s lone run.

Paredes had an RBI double in the ninth but the Tigers left the bases loaded when Barlow struck out pinch-hitter Harold Castro.

Paredes’ extra-base hit might have also scored Eric Haase from first base with the tying run, but it bounced into the left-field stands in foul territory for a ground-rule double.