DETROIT — Jonathan Schoop and Christin Stewart each hit a two-run homer in the third inning to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
Whit Merrifield hit a three-run shot in the top of the third for Kansas City, but the Tigers answered quickly and held on from there.
Royals manager Mike Matheny says it was the opposite of Monday's game.
"We got down and came right back (yesterday). It was on the other side of that today," said Matheny. "I felt like we had a lot of game left, but unfortunately not able to put anything together after that."
Tyler Alexander and four other relievers held the Royals scoreless for the final six innings.
Rony Garcia worked the first three innings for Detroit in his major league debut. He allowed the homer by Merrifield.
The two teams play again Wednesday. Danny Duffy will make his second start of the season.