The Royals finally got some late-innings production.
Kansas City had taken early leads in two previous losses to the Tigers but then watched its offense go dormant, not scoring a run after the third inning in the 4-3 or 5-4 defeats.
Not on Thursday. The Royals scratched across a run in the seventh on a hit batter, a double and fielder’s choice by Salvador Perez. Kansas City pushed across two more in the eighth on a big two-run double by Bubba Starling en route to a 5-3 victory over Detroit, thus splitting the four-game set.
Two slumping Royals broke out in the victory: Alex Gordon and Adalberto Mondesi each produced three-hit games.
Rookie right-hander Brady Singer, who made his MLB debut on Saturday in Cleveland, once again turned in a solid outing. He allowed just two runs over five innings against the Indians in his debut, then repeated the feat against the Tigers.
Singer scattered five hits, walked two and struck out three. He paid for two mistakes — a 0-1 slider to Miguel Cabrera in the first that Cabrera flipped over the right-field fence for a homer, and an 0-2 slider to Jonathan Schoop in the fourth. The slider to Schoop was off the plate, and Schoop, who had three home runs in the series, reached with his lead arm and barreled it over the left-center-field fence.
Cabrera also homered off Ian Kennedy in the eighth.
Singer threw 82 pitches, 54 for strikes. Interestingly, he threw eight changeups, a pitch he has been trying to develop since Spring Training. Three of those were called strikes, one was swinging and two were fouled off.
The Royals took the lead in the first when Jorge Soler doubled and came home on a single up the middle from Ryan O’Hearn.
The Royals made it 2-1 in the second inning on a Gordon double and an RBI single by Franchy Cordero.