DETROIT The grim, solemn slog of the Royals toward their first division title since 1985 continued on Saturday night, even after a 6-5 loss to the Tigers in 11 innings.
The Minnesota Twins were swept in a doubleheader by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, an outcome that reduced Kansas City's magic number to four games. Any combination of Royals wins and Twins losses in the next two weeks would grant Kansas City the American League Central crown. At this point, Minnesota appears to be Kansas City's best ally, as the Royals themselves remain in a profound funk.
Ian Kinsler ended the contest with a walk-off homer off rookie Miguel Almonte.