Detroit pitcher Drew Smyly made his second-career start and gave up one unearned run over seven innings. The Royals had nine hits in the game and went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
Kansas City got another quality start as Bruce Chen gave up two earned runs over seven-plus innings, but the Royals couldn't provide any support for him. The game was tied at one entering the the eighth, but Detroit hit four singles in the top of the inning, scoring two runs. The Royals could only manage two hits off a combination of three Tigers relievers.
Billy Butler went 3-for-4 with a double as the only Royal to have multiple hits. Alex Gordon went 1-for-4 with the lone RBI for Kansas City. The Royals have lost six games in a row and are 0-5 at home this season.