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James Shields solid, but Royals lose

Posted: March 31, 2014 11:00 p.m.
Updated: March 31, 2014 11:00 p.m.
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher and Hart High graduate James Shields walks off the mound during the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit on Monday. Kansas City Royals starting pitcher and Hart High graduate James Shields walks off the mound during the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit on Monday.

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher and Hart High graduate James Shields walks off the mound during the sixth inning against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit on Monday.

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DETROIT (AP) — A quality opening-day start by Kansas City Royals pitcher and Hart graduate James Shields was spoiled by the Detroit Tigers’ come-from-behind 4-3 win on Monday.

Alex Gonzalez drove in the winning run in his Detroit debut, lining a single to left off Greg Holland in the ninth inning.

Shields allowed three runs and five hits through 6 1/3 innings.

Wade Davis (0-1) allowed a one-out walk to Alex Avila and a single to Nick Castellanos in the ninth. Holland — who had 47 saves in 50 chances last year — couldn’t escape the jam.

Salvador Perez had four hits for Kansas City, which has not won its opener since 2008 at Detroit.

Justin Verlander allowed three runs — two earned — in six innings and Victor Martinez homered for the Tigers, but their offense was quiet until the seventh. With Kansas City ahead 3-1, Austin Jackson hit a one-out triple and Avila drew a walk.

Aaron Crow replaced starter James Shields and struck out Castellanos, but the third strike was a wild pitch that allowed Jackson to score. Gonzalez followed with a triple to the gap in left-center.

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