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story.lead_photo.caption Adalberto Mondesi of the Royals beats the throw to Tigers catcher Grayson Greiner to score from third on a sacrifice by teammate Bubba Starling during the second inning of Wednesday night's game in Detroit. Photo by Associated Press / Fulton Sun.

DETROIT (AP) — JaCoby Jones hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the seventh inning, and Detroit's bullpen came through again in a 5-4 victory Wednesday night against the Kansas City Royals.

A night after pitching six scoreless innings in a win against the Royals, the Tigers' relievers held Kansas City without a baserunner for four. Detroit rallied from a 4-0 deficit thanks in large part to Jones, who doubled twice before connecting off Ian Kennedy (0-1) for his third homer of the year.

"Obviously, it felt great," Jones said. "We were battling. Our pitching staff kept us in the game. They were grinding, getting outs."

Jonathan Schoop also went deep for the Tigers. Maikel Franco hit two doubles and a single for Kansas City, and Whit Merrifield had two hits and scored twice.

Bryan Garcia (1-0) earned his first big league win, one of four Detroit relievers who pitched in the game. Joe Jimenez worked the ninth for his fourth save.

"Bryan was fantastic tonight," Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Came in and the ball was really jumping out of his hand."

Danny Duffy allowed only three hits in five innings for the Royals, but one of them was Schoop's two-run shot in the fifth, which barely made it past a leaping Merrifield at the wall in right and tied the game at 4. Duffy struck out eight with one walk.

"I felt confident with what I was doing out there, it just didn't go our way and it's unacceptable," Duffy said. "To have that kind of stuff tonight, got to go deeper in the game, man. Brutal. Got to go deeper in the game."

Merrifield is now 22-for-42 against Detroit's Matthew Boyd after going 2-for-3 against him Wednesday. He led off the game with a double and scored on Franco's two-base hit. Merrifield also singled to start the third and scored on a single by Franco. Ryan McBroom's RBI single made it 4-0 in the third.

Detroit chipped away with sacrifice flies by Schoop in the third and Niko Goodrum in the fifth. Then Schoop went deep to tie it.

The Tigers have homered in every game so far this season after finishing last in the A.L. in that category in 2019.

Boyd allowed four runs and nine hits in five innings for Detroit. He struck out six.

Jones was hit up high by a pitch in Tuesday's game. He was able to keep playing but still wasn't pleased a day later.

"You get pitched up and in all the time, and these guys are the ones that pitched up and in on me last year and broke my wrist," Jones said. "To get hit in the face yesterday just topped it off, but I mean, I'm over it."

Adalberto Mondesi was 2-for-21 on the season coming into the game — and made a baserunning blunder in the ninth inning Tuesday night. The Royals dropped him from third to sixth in the batting order Wednesday, and he tripled in the second and scored on Bubba Starling's sacrifice fly.

Notes: Gardenhire said Tigers RHP Dario Agrazal, who went on the 10-day injured list Monday, has forearm tendinitis. Royals rookie Brady Singer (0-0) makes his second career start tonight against Detroit's Ivan Nova (0-0).

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