Bullpen, big inning carry Royals past Tigers

Michael Massey’s double sparked a three-run fourth inning and the Kansas City bullpen made it hold up as the host Royals defeated the Detroit Tigers 4-1 on Tuesday.With one out in the fourth, shortstop Javy Baez’s throwing error put Edward Olivares on first base. Massey followed with a liner into the right field corner on the next pitch. Massey then scored on Maikel Garcia’s RBI single. The next two Royals batters also reached base before Salvador Perez made it 3-0 with a sacrifice fly.Eduardo Rodriguez (4-4) flirted with trouble all night, putting runners in scoring position before escaping with back-to-back strikeouts in each of the first two innings. Ultimately, he completed five innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on eight hits and two walks. He struck out nine.Making just his sixth career start — and first since Sept. 6 of last year — Mike Mayers fanned the first four Tigers he faced and a career-best eight over 4 2/3 innings, allowing one run on six hits and a walk.Over the first three innings, the two starters combined to strike out 13 of 23 batters.Mayers exited with runners on first and second and two outs in the fifth. Baez hit reliever Jose Cuas’ first pitch for an RBI single. The Tigers finished with eight hits — all singles with Baez getting two of them.Kansas City answered, however, with Olivares’ RBI single in the bottom half of the fifth for a 4-1 lead.Four Royals’ relievers hurled 4 1/3 innings to close out the Tigers.