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Hammel's 9 sharp for naught as KC falls in 10th

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DETROIT -- Royals right-hander Jason Hammel gave it everything he had -- and then some.

Hammel pitched his longest game as a Royal -- nine innings -- but it wasn't enough, as the Tigers walked off with a 3-2 win with one out in the bottom of the 10th on JaCoby Jones' home run Friday afternoon in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Comerica Park. The Royals now have lost nine straight, their longest skid since April 2017.

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DETROIT -- Royals right-hander Jason Hammel gave it everything he had -- and then some.

Hammel pitched his longest game as a Royal -- nine innings -- but it wasn't enough, as the Tigers walked off with a 3-2 win with one out in the bottom of the 10th on JaCoby Jones' home run Friday afternoon in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Comerica Park. The Royals now have lost nine straight, their longest skid since April 2017.

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Hammel gave up two runs and five hits in his longest game since June 16, 2012, when he pitched a nine-inning complete game for the Orioles.

Video: KC@DET: Moustakas crushes solo home run deep to right

"What can you ask more from a pitcher, to give you nine strong innings?" Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He was fantastic."

Since a rough first outing this season, Hammel has given up just four runs over 20 1/3 innings, but he took no solace in his Friday outing.

"Losses are losses," Hammel said. "I try to be a positive guy, but we're trying to win. We're not trying always to find a silver lining. We know we're close to getting things right. They were able to make one more move than us, and it counted in their favor. Obviously, it's a bummer, and we're still trying to figure it out, but it's not lack of effort, for sure."

Video: KC@DET: Yost discusses Hammel's outing, walk-off loss

Jones homered off reliever Brad Keller on a 2-2 two-seam fastball.

"It maybe caught too much of the plate," Keller said. "I thought it was a good pitch, inside. He put a good swing on it."

The Royals got on the board in the sixth when Mike Moustakas, the designated hitter, belted his fifth home run this season. The homer, on a 1-1 changeup from Michael Fulmer, brought Kansas City within one run and extended Moustakas' hitting streak to 11 games.

Video: KC@DET: Jay singles home Escobar to tie the game at 2

The Royals tied it at 2 in the seventh on a single by Ryan Goins, a fielder's choice, a single by Cam Gallagher and an RBI hit by Jon Jay.

MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Bad luck, again: One constant during the Royals' losing streak has been some misfortune. Kansas City had a great chance to take the lead in the eighth when Cheslor Cuthbert and Abraham Almonte singled with two outs. Goins then followed with a blistering line-drive out to second baseman Dixon Machado. The exit velocity on Goins' ball was 102 mph, per Statcast™.

UP NEXT
Right-hander Jakob Junis (2-1, 1.93 ERA) takes the hill for the Royals in Game 2 of the day-night doubleheader in Detroit at 6:10 p.m. CT. Junis gave up his first runs of the season on Saturday against the Angels; his scoreless-innings streak stopped at 16 as the Halos scored four runs off him over 4 2/3 innings.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.

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