By Dave Hart

Tigers 5, Royals 4 (12 innings) – Dixon Machado’s walk-off hit gave the Tigers their second straight 12th inning victory on Friday night, as they defeated the division leading Kansas City Royals.

LSJ Logo incertMiguel Cabrera hit a double and knocked in two runs for Detroit.

Detroit starting pitcher Justin Verlander had a strong outing despite taking a tough no decision, he allowed two runs on five hits in 8 2/3 innings.

The Tigers were one out away from a victory until Royals catcher Salvador Perez tied the game with a two-run home run to force extra innings.Eye on the D

Drew VerHagen picked up the victory for the Tigers, allowing one run on one hit in the 12th inning.

The Tigers will look to get a series win over the Royals with a victory on Saturday night.

Record: 68-78

5th Place in AL Central (17.5 games behind Kansas City)

8 games behind Houston for last playoff spot.

Misery # (to elimination from playoff contention): 8

Magic # to clinch their 5th straight playoff berth: 24

Next Game: 09/19/2015 vs Kansas City Royals 7:08 p.m. @ Comerica Park

Hitting Stats: Miguel Cabrera 2B (28) 2 RBI (70), Victor Martinez RBI (56), Tyler Collins RBI (17), Dixon Machado RBI (3), Anthony Gose 2B (22).

Pitching Stats: Drew VerHagen W (2-0) 1 IP 1 H 1 R 1 ER 1 BB 0 K, Justin Verlander 8.2 IP 5 H 2 R 2 ER 1 BB 7 K.