Tigers 3, Royals 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Justin Verlander improved to 14-2 against Kansas City, surviving a shaky ninth inning to lift Detroit. Austin Jackson hit a leadoff homer and Brandon Inge added a two-run shot in the fifth for the Tigers. Verlander allowed an RBI single by Humberto Quintero with two outs in the ninth then loaded the bases when he walked Mitch Maier and plunked Alcides Escobar on the elbow. Verlander struck out Alex Gordon looking, sending the Royals to their fifth straight loss.