Early on, it seemed Kansas City would take their winning ways up to 11.
Billy Butler’s RBI double in the first inning got the Royals off to a good start, but they never scored again, and the Detroit Tigers got a 2-1 win Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park.
Danny Duffy ran into trouble in the fourth inning, when a Miguel Cabrera RBI double and J.D. Martinez home run provided all the offense Detroit needed. Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez threw seven innings of one-run baseball in the victory, allowing only five hits.
Kansas City remains a half-game ahead of Detroit for the AL Central lead entering Friday’s game against the Seattle Mariners. James Shields takes the hill for the Royals against Hisashi Iwakuma at 7:10 pm at Kauffman Stadium.