Doug Fister retired the first two batters easily enough in the fifth inning.
Getting that third out proved to be more elusive for Fister and the Detroit Tigers.
Eric Hosmer hit a three-run and the Kansas City Royals rallied to defeat the AL Central leaders 5-2 Sunday.
Alex Gordon had an infield single and Emilio Bonifacio singled before Hosmer hit his 16th home run, connecting on a 2-2 pitch from Fister.
''We've been doing that way too much, giving up hits with two strikes,'' Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.
''It's not just the last two days. We've been doing that for a while and we've got to stop it,'' he said.
Fister acknowledged the home run pitch to Hosmer was not where he wanted it.
''I threw it right where he wants it,'' Fister said. ''I was trying to get him to roll over and left it in the middle. We were trying to use the big ballpark and I left it over too much.''
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