DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Detroit tries to rally in the ninth inning but lacks enough offensive power as they fall to the Kansas City Royals 9-5 on Sunday.
Miguel Cabrera, Jhonny Peralta and Alex Avila all homered for Detroit, but the Tigers made four errors.
Luke Hochevar pitched seven solid innings for Kansas City, and every Royals starter had a hit and Wilson Betemit went 4 for 4 including two doubles.
Hochevar (1-1) gave up the three homers, but Detroit managed only two other hits off him. He easily out dueled Rick Porcello (0-2) in a match up of former first-round draft picks. Three relievers finished for the Royals, with Joakim Soria getting the final two outs for his third save.
It was the first four-hit game for Betemit since July 14, 2007. He also drew a walk.
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