Tigers fall short in 2-1 loss to Royals

DETROIT (AP) - Justin Verlander pitched well for the Detroit Tigers.

But it wasn't enough to get the Tigers a win.

Danny Duffy (1-0) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and he and the Kansas City Royals beat Verlander and the Tigers 2-1 on a combined two-hitter Friday in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

Ramon Santiago hit a pinch-hit home run for the Tigers.

Eric Hosmer homered for the Royals.

Verlander (12-9) allowed two runs and seven hits in eight innings. He struck out five and didn't walk a batter.

"Would have liked to have been able to accomplish two things, win and keep the bullpen fresh," Verlander said. "Just didn't happen that way. Felt like I threw the ball well. Just their guys pitched extremely well, which is what've done all year."

Verlander gave up Hosmer's 13th home run of the season, leading off the fourth.

He drilled Verlander's pitch to the opposite field and into the left-field stands beyond the Tigers' bullpen.

"Just trying to stay to the middle and not pull off anything," Hosmer said.

Verlander said Hosmer took advantage of a hanging curve.

"Yeah, it was a hanger. You don't see hanging curve balls hit the opposite field too often though. That was impressive," he said. "It wasn't like it was a question about it getting out. I didn't even watch it. Strong kid."

Kansas City made it 2-0 on consecutive doubles leading off the seventh by Justin Maxwell and Emilio Bonifacio.

"I thought JV was terrific," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "You know, the one curveball to Hosmer, but he pitched terrific."

Duffy (1-0), a left-hander called up from Triple-A Omaha to make his second big league start of the season, didn't allow a hit until Miguel Cabrera's two-out single in the sixth.

"I was glad that they finally got one (a hit), honestly, because I just wanted to pitch," said Duffy, who had Tommy John surgery 14 months ago. "... I wanted to protect this arm."

He walked three and struck out three in six innings and will return to Omaha.

"He's special. He throws it over the plate. Especially if he gets his curveball, something off-speed over the plate, which he did some of that today," Leyland said. "He's got one of those electric fastballs. It's 97, but it's one of those, it's a different 97 than some other ones."

Kelvin Herrera replaced Duffy in the seventh and retired the side in order. Aaron Crow worked the eighth and allowed Santiago's pinch-hit home run leading off the inning.

Crow got the next three batters.

Phil Coke and Al Alburquerque pitched the ninth for Detroit, combining to retire the Royals 1-2-3.

Greg Holland pitched the ninth for his 33rd save. He struck out Cabrera, walked Prince Fielder but then got Victor Martinez to hit into a double play to end the game.

"We end up with Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder and Victor (Martinez) hitting in the ninth," Leyland said. "You couldn't ask for a better scenario against their best closer, obviously, who is one of the better closers in the league."

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