Detroit The Kansas City Royals started strongly for a change and finished with a rare win.
Chris Getz’s infield single in the ninth inning put Kansas City ahead, and the Royals held on to beat Detroit, 3-2, Wednesday for their seventh victory this year.
Kansas City completed a 4-3 trip — after losing 12 straight — and starts a homestand tonight against the New York Yankees.
“We’re happy,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.
The Tigers are trying not to get too upset about a slump that has prevented them from winning back-to-back games in two weeks and dropped them to .500 after a 9-3 start.
Joaquin Benoit (0-1) gave up a double to Mike Moustakas, who advanced to third on a groundout and scored when Getz hit a grounder that was too deep into the hole for shortstop Jhonny Peralta to make a strong enough throw to get him out at first.
Tim Collins (1-0) got Prince Fielder to fly out to the warning track in left and struck out Ryan Raburn in the eighth for the victory after Detroit tied the game on Brennan Boesch’s two-run homer earlier in the inning.
Jonathan Broxton gave up a one-out single to Avila and got Andy Dirks to ground out into a game-ending double play for his fourth save in five chances.
Tigers ace Justin Verlander started two innings by letting the leadoff batter get on, and both of those batters scored. Jarrod Dyson opened the game with a walk and scored on Eric Hosmer’s two-out double that ended his 0-for-19 slump. Alex Gordon singled in the sixth and came around on Jeff Francoeur’s groundout.