Tigers hold off Royals to move 2 1-2 up

(AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) A rarely-used backup infielder who never even got into the game made the play of the day for the Detroit Tigers.

From the dugout, Hernan Perez spotted that a Kansas City runner failed to tag up. That set off a wild sequence Saturday that resulted in an out instead of the go-ahead score - plus a lot of discussion - as Detroit beat the Royals 3-2 to boost its AL Central lead.

Winning pitcher Max Scherzer said he'd reward the 23-year-old Perez, who spent most the year in the minors and has only three at-bats this season in the majors.

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