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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.

 

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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