Detroit, MI – Chris Getz slapped a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday as the Royals downed the Tigers, 3-2, in the finale of a weather-shortened two-game series at Comerica Park.
Royals starter Jonathan Sanchez carried a no-hitter into the fifth before a two-out double ended it. Jose Mijares and Kevin Herrera also held the Tigers scoreless but Aaron Crow served up a game-tying two-run blast to Brennan Boesch in the bottom of the eighth.
The Tigers scored the go-ahead run off Joaquin Benoit (0-1), who entered for Detroit starter Justin Verlander.
"With this lineup, I don't think we're really worried about it," remarked Verlander about the Tigers offense. "That's not my job to worry about run support. My job's to win baseball games and obviously two runs was too many to give up today."
Benoit retired the first hitter, but served up a double to Mike Moustakas, who quickly advanced to third on a ground out before Getz plated him with an RBI single to give the Royals their 3-2 lead.
Tim Collins (1-0) got the win after retiring the final two hitters in the eighth while Jonathan Broxton tossed a scoreless bottom of the ninth to record his fourth save of the season.
"We got two runs off of Verlander and kind of gave it up towards the end," said Moustakas. "But we were able to battle back, and get some big hits and we were able to score a run, push it across and get Broxton in the game and close the door."
A leadoff walk to Jarrod Dyson came back to haunt Verlander in the top of the first. Dyson stole second and came around to score on a double by Eric Hosmer to give Kansas City an early 1-0 lead.
Alex Avila's two-out double broke up Sanchez's no-hit bid in the fifth, and the Tigers loaded the bases on consecutive walks before Sanchez retired Austin Jackson to keep Detroit off the board.
The Royals added another run in the sixth as Alex Gordon opened the frame with a single into center field and Billy Butler was plunked by Verlander. Both runners advanced on a ground out from Hosmer, before Jeff Francoeur plated Gordon with a ground out to give the Royals a 2-0 edge.
Crow got the Royals out of trouble in the seventh, inducing a ground ball from Ramon Santiago with runners on second and third before serving up Boesch's game-tying homer in the eighth.
Verlander pitched eight innings, allowing two runs on six hits while fanning seven...The scheduled opener of the series was postponed Monday by rain and will be made up Sept. 24...Detroit recently swept the Royals in three games from April 16-18 in KC.