Strong relief work seals Tigers’ win over Royals

Christin Stewart hit a go-ahead two-run homer, and a handful of relievers combined for six scoreless innings as the Detroit Tigers edged the visiting Kansas City Royals 4-3 on Tuesday.Jonathan Schoop also smashed a two-run homer for Detroit, which bounced back after losing the opener of the four-game series on Monday.Tyler Alexander (1-0) was credited with the victory, giving up two hits in two innings of scoreless relief. Joe Jimenez notched his third save by pitching a shutout ninth.Detroit’s Cameron Maybin added two hits, the only player on either team to record a multi-hit game.Whit Merrifield blasted a three-run homer to account for all of the Royals’ runs. Merrifield has six RBIs in the series.Kansas City reliever Tyler Zuber (0-1) gave up three runs in his lone inning.Detroit starter Rony Garcia gave up three runs, two earned, in three innings in his major league debut. The 22-year-old right-hander got the nod when the originally scheduled starter, Dario Agrazal, was placed on the injured list due to a right forearm strain.Playing second base, Merrifield made a leaping catch to rob Austin Romine of a potential two-run hit in the second inning.

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