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Posted: Feb. 18 2019,03:47

DETROIT -- The Kansas City Royals finally lost, but slugger Billy Butler hopes their impressive push in the AL Central will go on. "This doesnt end anything," he said. "Weve got 10-1 in our last 11 games, and were going home in first place. We just have to keep playing the way we are right now." Anibal Sanchez pitched seven sharp innings, and the Detroit Tigers snapped Kansas Citys 10-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory Thursday. J.D. Martinez hit a tiebreaking homer in the fourth for the Tigers, who avoided a four-game sweep and pulled within a half-game of the AL Central-leading Royals. Sanchez (4-2) allowed five hits and a walk, keeping the Kansas City offence quiet even though he failed to strike out a batter. Joba Chamberlain pitched the eighth, and struggling closer Joe Nathan struck out the side in the ninth for his 14th save in 18 chances. Danny Duffy (4-6) allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out five. "We just had a great road trip, Danny Duffy just pitched a great game, and we lost a game to a great pitcher and a home run where I have no idea how J.D. Martinez hit the ball out of the park," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "All I can do is tip my cap to him, because he killed us all series." Butler gave the Royals a 1-0 lead with an RBI double in the first, but Miguel Cabrera drove in a run with a double of his own in the fourth. Cabrera was tagged out on a bizarre double play when right fielder Nori Aoki caught Victor Martinezs flyball and threw back to the infield, where Cabrera was nonchalantly returning to second. Shortstop Alcides Escobar caught the ball and made the tag. Cabrera was initially ruled safe, but the call was overturned on replay. J.D. Martinez followed with a solo homer to right, his sixth of the year. He now has a nine-game hitting streak, with a .412 average in that span, and he hopes this win will end a stretch in which so much has gone badly for the Tigers. Detroit won for only the 10th time in its last 30 games. "Its funny, even talking to the umpires, they even chime in and say it. Theyre like, Dude, everything thats going wrong just seems to be going wrong for you guys. You guys just got to grind through it," Martinez said. "You see the breaks that weve been getting. We hit the ball hard, it gets caught. We hit it soft, it gets caught. We get on base, the ball goes to the backstop, comes back, gets thrown out, were out of an inning. Its just kind of like, craziness." Sanchez went without a strikeout for the first time in his career, but his fielders helped him. Third baseman Nick Castellanos reached over the railing of the Detroit dugout to catch a foul popup in the sixth. Nathan, who signed with the Tigers in the off-season, brought a 6.57 ERA into the game. He struck out Butler to start the ninth -- the Kansas City designated hitter argued the called third strike -- and Salvador Perez went down swinging. With the crowd on its feet and anxious for a much-needed win, Nathan struck out Lorenzo Cain to end it. "That looked like the Joe Nathan Ive faced for years," Butler said. "All those times with the Twins and then with Texas -- the one with a few hundred saves and all those All-Star games. Hes had some tough moments in his career, but that looked like the same guy today." The Royals were without outfielder Alex Gordon, who sat out because of flu-like symptoms. Detroit outfielder Torii Hunter (hamstring) did not play either. NOTES: The Tigers play at Cleveland on Friday night. Detroit RHP Rick Porcello (8-4) faces Cleveland RHP Corey Kluber (6-4). ... The Royals host Seattle. Kansas City RHP James Shields (7-3) takes on Mariners RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (5-3). New Balance Italia Negozi . Lack replaced an injured Roberto Luongo late in the first period then watched defenceman Chris Tanev score the winning goal midway through the third as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Jets 2-1 in a tight NHL game. New Balance Scarpe Offerta .C. -- The Charlotte Bobcats said head coach Steve Clifford underwent a successful procedure Friday to have two stents placed in his heart. http://www.newbalanceoutlet.it/ .C. -- The Bobcats announced theyve signed centre Justin Hamilton to a 10-day contract. New Balance In Offerta . Tensions rose in the first period when Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik hit Bruins forward Loui Eriksson with what appeared to be a clean hit. New Balance Outlet Italia . - Tiger Woods only made it through 10 holes Thursday this time because of the weather, not his back.Foxboro, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - On the scoreboard as well as the stat sheet, Tom Brady got the best of Peyton Manning once again. With Brady tossing four touchdown passes and his New England teammates coming up with two pivotal interceptions of Manning, the Patriots continued their midseason roll with a 43-21 blowout of the Denver Broncos in matchup of AFC powerhouses. This highly anticipated showdown between last seasons conference title game participants turned out to be not much of a contest at all, thanks to Bradys precision passing and a number of miscues from the reigning AFC champion Broncos. In addition to Mannings two picks that were both converted into New England touchdowns, Denver (6-2) committed 10 penalties, gave up an 84-yard punt return to Julian Edelman and was stopped four times on fourth down to have a four-game win streak come to an end. Well, I dont usually stink, but I stunk today, Manning said. Those errors were most costly during a second quarter in which the Patriots put up 24 unanswered points to build a commanding 27-7 halftime lead. Brady, now 11-5 all-time in head-to-head meetings with Manning, did his part by completing 33-of-53 attempts for 333 yards with one interception. Rob Gronkowski caught nine passes for 105 yards and one of Bradys scoring strikes, with Edelman adding nine receptions totaling 89 yards with a touchdown along with his huge punt return. He has always set a real high bar for how to play and I have tried to do the same through my efforts with my team, Brady said of Manning. New England (7-2) has averaged 40.2 points in ripping off five straight victories since a 41-14 loss at Kansas City in Week 4. Manning did put up 438 passing yards and two touchdowns on a 34-of-57 completion rate, but endured a mostly frustrating afternoon as the Patriots dominated the final three quarters. Emmanuel Sanders finished with 151 yards on 10 catches and Ronnie Hillman scored a pair of touchdowns for Denver. Demaryius Thomas compiled 127 yards on seven grabs in the loss. Denver owned a 7-6 edge early in the second quarter before a litany of mistakes snowballed into 21 consecutive New England points prior to the conclusion of the period. The first was committed by Manning, who failed to see Rob Ninkovich dropping into coverage and had his pass picked off by the linebacker and returned 11 yards to the Broncos 34. Consecutive catches by Edelman and Gronkowski then preceded Bradys 5-yard dart that Edelman hauled in with a diving grab in the end zone to put New England ahead with 11:41 left in the first half. Denvers next drive stalled and resulted in a punt that Edelman corralled at his own 16-yard line, broke free down the right sideline and cut across the field to the left around the Broncos 30 to avoid his remaining pursuers and give the Patriots a sudden 20-7 advantage. Manning responded with three completions to Sanders, the last gaining 25 yards to the New England 23, but misfired on his next three throws and Brandon McManus 41-yard field goal try clanged off the right upright and was no good. The Broncos got down to the Patriots 34 on their subsequent possession, which ended in Akeem Ayers sacking Manning for a 9-yard loss on fourth down just before the two-minute warning. Brady capitalized on the good field position, hitting a wide-open Edelman for 26 yards and Shane Vereen on a screen for 18 to bring New England to tthe 5- yard line with under a minute to go in the half.dddddddddddd Three plays later, he avoided a rush and fired over the middle to Vereen in the end zone with just eight seconds on the clock, putting Denver in a 27-7 hole at intermission. Brady was intercepted by Bradley Roby near midfield on the first Patriots drive of the second half, with Manning taking advantage this time. He found Thomas for 27 yards before perfectly dropping in an 18-yard touchdown pass to Julius Thomas that gave the Broncos a needed spark. The momentum was short-lived, however. Brady got New England in range for Stephen Gostkowski to knock through a 45-yard field goal on the ensuing series, and Mannings next attempt bounced off the chest of ex-Patriot Wes Welker and was picked off by Brandon Browner. On the very next snap after Browners 30-yard runback, Brandon LaFell beat Roby on a slant route and snared Bradys 10-yard delivery to stake New England to a 37-14 advantage midway through the third quarter. Denver needed just four plays to answer, with Hillman capping a 72-yard trek with a 15-yard catch-and-run touchdown that brought the Broncos back within two scores. The Broncos defense couldnt come up with the necessary stop, however, as New England converted three times on third down while embarking on a back-breaking 14-play, 80-yard drive that consumed nearly seven minutes. Gronkowski had a would-be 21-yard touchdown overturned when replays showed he was stopped just short of the goal line, but caught Bradys next pass on the second snap of the fourth quarter to increase the lead to 43-21. Denvers next three series all ended in fourth-down failures, the first coming on the Patriots 8-yard line when Jacob Tamme couldnt come down with a one- handed catch in the end zone. Neither of the two legendary quarterbacks got off to a particularly strong start, as both teams failed to generate a first down on their initial two drives. New England still managed to get on the board via a 49-yard Gostkowski field goal that was set up by a short Denver punt and a catch interference penalty. The Broncos then got untracked on their next possession, with Manning completing his first five passes on a 9-play, 80-yard sequence that ended in Hillmans 1-yard touchdown run with 3:54 left in the opening quarter. Brady countered by making good on five of his first six throws -- three of which went to Gronkowski -- in directing a 12-play jaunt that culminated in Gostkowskis 29-yard field goal less than a minute into the second quarter. Game Notes The game marked the first time in NFL history between starting quarterbacks with over 150 regular-season wins ... Manning has now lost in eight of his 10 career visits to New England ... The Patriots extended their regular-season home win streak to 14 straight games, which includes a 34-31 come-from-behind overtime triumph over the Broncos last November ... Manning set a new NFL record with his 14th straight regular-season game with at least two touchdown passes ... Edelmans punt return touchdown was the fourth of his career, breaking a Patriots franchise record he had shared with Troy Brown and Irving Fryar ... Welker had just three catches for 31 yards before exiting with a back injury sustained on Mannings second interception ... 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