Maikel Franco hit two of the six home runs for Kansas City, and the Royals pounded the Tigers 14-6.
Whit Merrifield has three hits and three RBIs finishing a triple shy of the cycle on a night when the Royals rallied from an early 5-1 deficit. Foster Griffin (1-0) won in relief, but he also had to leave his major league debut with a left forearm strain.
“Day One, this happens. Been healthy my whole career,” Griffin said. ”So it wasn’t easy.”
Detroit’s Michael Fulmer allowed three homers in his first start back from Tommy John surgery. The Tigers didn’t plan on a long outing from the right-hander, and he allowed four runs and five hits in 2 2/3 innings after missing the whole 2019 season.
”Not the Cinderella comeback story I was hoping for, but just a little rusty,” Fulmer said. ”Not going to make any excuses, I felt ready and told everybody I was ready. I need to do better job next time.”
Salvador Perez, Jorge Soler and Brett Phillips also homered for Kansas City. JaCoby Jones and Victor Reyes went deep for Detroit.
Kansas City took the lead for good with a six-run fourth. Kyle Funkhouser (0-1), making his big league debut in relief of Fulmer, allowed a two-run single by Ryan O’Hearn that made it 7-5.
”Just so proud of this group,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. ”You give up a five-spot, really easy for a club to roll over right there. These guys, you could tell they were into it the whole time and didn’t get discouraged at all.”