Royals drop opener on walk-off to Tigers

Detroit Tigers' Alex Gonzalez, center, is mobbed after hitting the game winning single to score the winning run from third during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Detroit, Monday, March 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Detroit Tigers' Alex Gonzalez, center, is mobbed after hitting the game winning single to score the winning run from third during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Detroit, Monday, March 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT (AP) – Alex Gonzalez drove in the winning run in his Detroit debut, lining a single to left off Greg Holland in the ninth inning that gave the Tigers a 4-3 opening-day victory over the Kansas City Royals on Monday.

Acquired by Detroit following an injury to shortstop Jose Iglesias, Gonzalez made a costly error in Kansas City’s three-run fourth but made up for that with a tying triple in the seventh. He then singled with men on first and third in the ninth.

Joe Nathan (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth in his first appearance for the Tigers.

Wade Davis (0-1) allowed a one-out walk to Alex Avila and a single to Nick Castellanos in the ninth. Holland couldn’t escape the jam.

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