Justin Verlander did his part, shutting down the Kansas City Royals. Once he left, the Detroit Tigers ran into trouble.
Jose Valverde gave up a tying, two-run homer to Lorenzo Cain with two outs in the ninth inning, then Eric Hosmer hit a winning single in the 10th that lifted the Royals over Detroit 3-2 Wednesday.
''No closer wants a blown save,'' Valverde said. ''Nobody wants that. It's part of the game. The closer wants to save the game, not lose the game.''
Verlander dominated for seven shutout innings, giving up just three singles and not permitting a runner past first save. He struck out eight and walking two in a 117-pitch outing, his second-highest total this season.
''You've got two outs and two strikes, and when the ball leaves the yard, it's not a good feeling. It only tied the game, so we immediately need to change our mindset to, `OK, let's win it.' To lose it that way, it's a tough pill to swallow.''
''Losing, period, stinks. When you lose one that's so close to a...