Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Alex Gordon's tie-breaking grand slam in the
top of the 10th inning supplied the deciding runs in the Kansas City Royals'
8-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
Gordon finished with a pair of hits, while Billy Butler went 3-for-3 with an
RBI single to help the Royals bounce back from a 7-5 loss in Wednesday's
opener of the rain-shortened two-game series. Lorenzo Cain ended 2-for-4 with
an RBI and two runs scored in the triumph, Kansas City's third in four games
Tim Collins (1-0) picked up the win after striking out two while tossing a
perfect bottom of the ninth in relief of James Shields, who allowed three runs
on five hits over the first eight frames.
Detroit ace Justin Verlander was in line for his third victory of the season
after limiting the Royals to two runs -- one earned -- before exiting after
seven innings due to a cracked skin in his right thumb. However, the Royals
tied the game with a run off replacement Bruce Rondon in the eighth, then
struck five times against the combo of Phil Coke (0-3) and Darin Downs in the
Torii Hunter went 2-for-4 with an RBI single for the Tigers, losers in five of
their last six outings.
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