DETROIT -- Danny Duffy pitched no-hit ball for 5 2/3 innings and Eric Hosmer hit a solo home run Friday to help the Kansas City Royals overpower the Tigers, 2-1, in the first game of a split doubleheader.
Doubles by Justin Maxwell and Emilio Bonifacio leading off the seventh inning provided the Royals with their second run, and the game-winner, as Kansas City snapped a three-game losing streak. Detroit had won two straight.
Duffy (1-0) was making only his second start of the season as he comes back from June, 2012 Tommy John surgery. He was brought up strictly for this start.
He walked Austin Jackson to begin the game and went 2-0 on Torii Hunter before getting the Detroit right fielder to ground into a double play. He walked Miguel Cabrera but Prince Fielder grounded out to third.
A hit batter and walk in the third gave Detroit two baserunners but Duffy retired the next nine straight before giving up a sharp single to Cabrera off third baseman Bonafacio's glove. The ball was hit sharply and Bonafacio barely had time to react.
Hosmer was fed two straight offspeed pitches by Justin Verlander (12-9) leading off the fourth inning and seemed to be looking for a third in a row. He got it and swatted it over the left field fence for his 13th home run of the season.
Verlander is 15-4 lifetime against the Royals but 0-2 this season.
Kelvin Herrera set Detroit down in order in the seventh for Kansas City but Aaron Crow gave up a leadoff home run to pinch-hitter Ramon Santiago to begin the eighth. He retired the next three batters and Greg Holland worked the ninth for his 33rd save. NOTES: Manager Jim Leyland was "not sure" he could use his closer, RHP Joaquin Benoit, in either of Friday's two games. Leyland hasn't used the veteran on three straight days yet and he'd saved each of the Tigers' previous two games. ... 3B Mike Moustakas is making progress in his efforts to come back from a sore calf muscle suffered Monday. "He's running and taking ground balls," Royals manager Ned Yost said. Moustakas could pinch-hit if the situation was right, Yost said. ... Leyland has employed three players in the sixth spot in the batting order previously occupied by suspended SS Jhonny Peralta. Matt Tuiasosopo, Andy Dirks and Don Kelly all batted sixth but only Kelly, with five RBI, has driven in a run. ... RHP James Shields was given the choice of working the first or second game Friday and chose the night game. "He feels he's been pitching better in night games," Yost said.