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.
Louis Coleman, Vin Mazzaro, Tommy Hottovy and Aaron Crow all combined in relief to hold the Tigers without a run, but without the Royals' bats backing them up it went to waste.
Game 2 of the series is Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. CT.