Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Alex Gordon's tie-breaking grand slam in the top of the 10th inning supplied the deciding runs in the Kansas City Royals' 8-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
Gordon finished with a pair of hits, while Billy Butler went 3-for-3 with an RBI single to help the Royals bounce back from a 7-5 loss in Wednesday's opener of the rain-shortened two-game series. Lorenzo Cain ended 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in the triumph, Kansas City's third in four games overall.
Tim Collins (1-0) picked up the win after striking out two while tossing a perfect bottom of the ninth in relief of James Shields, who allowed three runs on five hits over the first eight frames.
Detroit ace Justin Verlander was in line for his third victory of the season after limiting the Royals to two runs -- one earned -- before exiting after seven innings due to a cracked skin in his right thumb. However, the Royals tied the game with a run off replacement Bruce Rondon in the eighth, then struck five times against the combo of Phil Coke (0-3) and Darin Downs in the 10th.
Torii Hunter went 2-for-4 with an RBI single for the Tigers, losers in five of their last six outings.
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