By The Associated Press
DETROIT (AP) -Brian Bannister allowed four hits in seven innings and Esteban German homered for the Kansas City Royals in 5-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.
Kansas City, last in the AL Central, went 5-4 on a trip against playoff contenders Boston, Cleveland and Detroit. The Royals are 6-3 during their last three series in Detroit, starting with the season-ending sweep that cost the Tigers' last year's AL Central title.
Bannister (6-6) gave up one run and four hits in seven innings, struck out three and walked one. In his previous two starts, the Royals lost 4-0 to Seattle and Boston.
The Tigers, who lead the AL Central, dropped two of three against the Royals, their first series defeat since losing two of three to Minnesota from June 29-July 1.
Nate Robertson (6-7) allowed five runs - four earned - and 11 hits in six-plus innings. Robertson, bothered by a tired arm earlier this season, had gone 2-0 with a 3.04 ERA in four starts since returning from the disabled list on June 26.
Billy Butler, 7-for-14 with five RBIs in the series, tripled leading off and scored on Reggie Sanders' single.
Blue Jays 8, Mariners 0
TORONTO (AP) - Roy Halladay threw a three-hitter, Troy Glaus hit a three-run homer and Toronto shut out Seattle for the second straight game.
Halladay (11-4) walked one and struck out three to win for the first time in three starts. It's his ninth career shutout and his first since May 29, 2005 against Minnesota.
Aaron Hill and Gregg Zaun added solo blasts for Toronto.
It was the second straight shutout for the Blue Jays. The Mariners haven't scored in their last 22 innings.
Seattle right-hander Felix Hernandez (6-6) allowed six runs and seven hits over six innings. He walked four - one intentional- and struck out seven.

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