"Clearly, I wasn't good enough," Verlander said. It was the third time in Verlander's career he had surrendered eight earned runs and first since April 6, 2009, at Toronto. Verlander, the reigning AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner, was charged with eight earned runs, matching his career high, in 5 2/3 innings. "Struggling, yeah," Royals manager Ned Yost said. Salvador Perez then fouled out against Brayan Villarreal and Phil Coke came in to face Moustakas, who doubled down the right-field line to give the Royals a 9-8 lead. "You want to be up in those situations against a tough lefty with the game on the line, and I got a good slider to hit and was able to stay on it and hook it down the line," Moustakas said.