Tigers escape four-run hole, top Royals

JaCoby Jones ripped three-extra base hits, including a go-ahead homer, and the Detroit Tigers rallied from a four-run deficit to top the visiting Kansas City Royals 5-4 on Wednesday.One night after getting hit in the head by a pitch, Jones supplied two doubles and his third homer of the season. Jonathan Schoop also homered and drove in three runs for Detroit, which has won two of three in a four-game series that wraps up on Thursday.Jones smashed an opposite-field solo homer off Ian Kennedy (0-1) with one out in the seventh to give the Tigers a 5-4 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.Bryan Garcia (1-0) pitched an inning of scoreless relief to get the victory. Joe Jimenez notched his fourth save with a perfect ninth-inning appearance.Maikel Franco had three hits and drove in two runs for Kansas City while Whit Merrifield added two hits and scored twice. Merrifield has at least one hit against the Tigers in 16 consecutive games.Tigers starter Matthew Boyd labored through five innings, allowing four runs on nine hits and no walks while striking out six. Royals starter Danny Duffy gave up four runs on three hits and a walk while striking out eight in five innings.

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