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Herrera exits with illness after giving up homer

Royals come back to win after closer surrenders go-ahead run
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KANSAS CITY -- Moments after giving up a go-ahead, two-run home run in the ninth inning of the Royals' 4-3 win over the Tigers on Wednesday, closer Kelvin Herrera left the game with a trainer.

Royals manager Ned Yost said Herrera had a sore throat and fever Tuesday and was still feeling the illness' effects. Herrera said he ran out of energy during the outing.

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KANSAS CITY -- Moments after giving up a go-ahead, two-run home run in the ninth inning of the Royals' 4-3 win over the Tigers on Wednesday, closer Kelvin Herrera left the game with a trainer.

Royals manager Ned Yost said Herrera had a sore throat and fever Tuesday and was still feeling the illness' effects. Herrera said he ran out of energy during the outing.

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"[The fever] broke last night," Yost said. "He felt better today, wanted to give it a try. After he gave up the home run, it was hot [and] he was overheated."

Herrera had induced a groundout from the first batter he faced, Nicholas Castellanos, but after walking Victor Martinez, he surrendered a home run to Mikie Mahtook to put the Tigers in front, 3-2. The home run was the eighth hit off Herrera this season. He threw one pitch, a ball, to the next batter, Alex Presley, before a trainer rushed to the mound. Yost followed and soon called in Kevin McCarthy to finish the inning.

"Throat is still sore," Yost said of Herrera. "But he'll be OK."

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Though Herrera lost the lead, the Royals came back to win the game in the bottom of the ninth on Alex Gordon's walk-off sacrifice fly.

Wilson Alexander is a reporter for MLB.com based in Kansas City.

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