The Kansas City Royals opened their final series of the year with a loss, going down to the Detroit Tigers, 6-3. The Tigers took Bruce Chen for six runs on ten hits over 5 2/3 innings, and the Royals' offense was unable to answer.
Down 6-0 entering the sixth, Kansas City made an attempt at a rally. Alex Gordon led off with a solo home run, and after Billy Butler doubled to deep center Detroit starter Rick Porcello walked the bases loaded. That opportunity was lost when Jeff Francoeur grounded into a double play, scoring one, and David Lough struck out to end the inning. Francoeur picked up an RBI with a single in the eighth, but that was the end of Kansas City's offense.
Game 2 of the series is Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. CT.