Starling’s double lifts Royals past Tigers, 5-3

Alex Gordon had three hits and scored two runs, Bubba Starling delivered a two-run double, and the visiting Kansas City Royals downed the Detroit Tigers, 5-3, on Thursday.Adalberto Mondesi and Jorge Soler each had three hits and scored a run for the Royals, who split the four-game series.Greg Holland (1-0) tossed a scoreless inning of relief and struck out two to pick up the victory. Trevor Rosenthal pitched the ninth for his first save this season.Miguel Cabrera hit a pair of solo homers for the Tigers. Jonathan Schoop homered for the third straight night. Jose Cisnero (1-1) gave up one run in an inning of relief and was tagged with the loss.Making his second major-league start, Royals right-hander Brady Singer gave up two runs on five hits and struck out three in five innings. Detroit starter Ivan Nova lasted 5 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on eight hits with three strikeouts.The Royals scored a run in the first on Soler’s double and Ryan O’Hearn’s two-out single. The Tigers tied it on Cabrera’s second homer of the season, an opposite-field shot which snuck inside the foul pole.Kansas City regained the advantage in the second on Gordon’s leadoff double and Franchy Cordero’s single.