DETROIT, MI - MAY 02: Alex Gordon #4 of the Kansas City Royals celebrate scoring in the sixth inning with Brayan Pena #27 while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 2, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. Kansas City won the game 3-2. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Tigers Vs. Royals: Detroit Falls To Kansas City, Splits Series

The Tigers got a good outing from Justin Verlander on Wednesday but fell to the Royals in the second and final game of the series.

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Tigers Vs. Royals: Detroit Falls To .500 With 3-2 Loss To Kansas City

Chris Getz drove in the game-winning run in the top of the ninth inning for the Kansas City Royals Wednesday at Comerica Park in a 3-2 defeat of the Detroit Tigers.

Brenna Boesch hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eight inning to tie the game, but Joaquin Benoit surrendered the run in the ninth inning and took the loss. Justin Verlander (2-1, 2.38 ERA) pitched eight innings, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out seven batters.

Detroit dropped to 12-12 on the season, while Kansas City improved to 7-16, with all of their wins coming on the road. The Tigers host the Chicago White Sox Friday as Drew Smyly goes up against Jake Peavy.

For more on Andy Dirks and the Detroit Tigers, head over to Bless You Boys. More news and analysis on Major League Baseball can be found over at Baseball Nation, SB Nation's MLB hub.

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Tigers Vs. Royals Final Score: Rick Porcello Back On Track As Offense Also Comes Alive In 9-3 Win

Rick Porcello made the necessary adjustments after a couple of really poor outings and the Tigers provided him with plenty of run support in Tuesday night's 9-3 win.

After a 1-2-3 top half of the first, the Tigers put five on the board in the bottom half thanks to six hits. The first four Tigers reached, two scored on a double by Miguel Cabrera and two more scored on an error by Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer. Andy Dirks and Jhonny Peralta each singled in another run off Royals starter Luke Hochevar in the inning to make it 5-0.

That's all the Tigers would really need as Porcello, who tinkered with his delivery, threw eight strong in only allowing three earned runs while striking out three opposite no walks in picking up his second win of the season.

Austin Jackson had his third four-hit game of the season and Cabrera, Dirks and Peralta each had two hits in the contest.

The rain shortened two-game series will continue on Wednesday with first pitch slated for 1:05 p.m. ET. Justin Verlander gets the start for the Tigers.

For more on the Detroit Tigers, check out Bless You Boys. You can also head over to SB Nation's main MLB hub at Baseball Nation.

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