The Kansas City Royals started strongly for a change and finished with a rare win.
Chris Getz's infield single in the ninth inning put Kansas City ahead, and the Royals held on to beat Detroit 3-2 Wednesday for their seventh victory this year.
Kansas City completed a 4-3 trip - after losing 12 straight - and starts a homestand Thursday night against the New York Yankees.
''We're happy,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said.
The Tigers are trying not to get too upset about a slump that has prevented them from winning back-to-back games in two weeks and dropped them to .500 after a 9-3 start.
''Our expectations were we had to win the division by 25 or 30 games - they were pretty unrealistic in the first place,'' Detroit catcher Alex Avila said. ''Our goal at spring training was to win the division, by one game or 10 games doesn't matter to us. We're not happy with the way we've played, but that's part of baseball and no one in this clubhouse is worried about it.''
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