The Tigers, in desperate need of a win after losing nine straight, took the series finale against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium Thursday night, 4-1.
Daniel Norris had one of his best outings of the season, showing promise for the future. Brad Ausmus only let him go five innings, needing just 54 pitches, while he allowed no runs and two hits while striking out one. He earned his fifth victory of the season. Shane Greene got the save.
Nick Castellanos gave him all the run support he needed with a three-RBI double in the fifth with the bases loaded. He finished the game 2-for-4 for the Tigers (63-96). Detroit scored all four of its runs in the fifth.
With the win, the Tigers officially avoid a 100-loss season.
Danny Duffy (4 1/3 innings) got the start for the Royals (78-81) and was knocked out of the game in the fifth. He allowed six hits, four earned runs and surrendered three walks. He also struck out four.
The Tigers begin their final series of the season on Friday in Minnesota. Matthew Boyd (6-10, 5.12 ERA) will go for Detroit while Kyle Gibson (12-10, 5.02) will take the mound for the Twins.
Bottom 9th: Tigers 4, Royals 1
Shane Greene entered the game looking for a save.
Alex Gordon grounded out to first. Whit Merrifield singled sharply to left. Lorenzo Cain then walked. Melky Cabrera then grounded into a game-ending double play.
Top 9th: Tigers 4, Royals 1
Kelvin Herrera took the mound for the Royals in the ninth.
Alex Presley lined one softly to a leaping Alcides Escobar at short who made a highlight-reelÂ catch. JaCoby Jones then struck out swinging. Jose Iglesias grounded softly back to the pitcher for the final out.
Bottom 8th: Tigers 4, Royals 1
Drew VerHagen entered the game for the Tigers after a forgettable appearance on Wednesday night. Efren Navarro replaced John Hicks at first base.
Alcides Escobar flew out to deep center, but JaCoby Jones ran…