KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) After striking out his first three times, Lorenzo Cain came through in the ninth inning for the Kansas City Royals.
Cain hit a tying, two-run homer off Jose Valverde with two outs in the ninth and Eric Hosmer had a winning RBI single in the 10th, helping the Royals rally for a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.
Cain struck out three times against Detroit ace Justin Verlander, who pitched seven scoreless innings.
"It was a crazy game from having the hat trick to being able to get a ball out of here was huge," Cain said. "I was glad I was able to get a good pitch and get it over the fence for us to tie the game up."
Drew Smyly pitched a one-hit eighth, then allowed a leadoff single in the ninth to Hosmer and was replaced by Valverde. He retired Santiago Perez on a flyout and struck out Billy Butler as Hosmer stole second - becoming the first Kansas City runner in scoring position.
Cain fouled off three pitches, then sent an 85 mph offering ove...