K.C. loses opener 4-3 at Detroit in heartbreaker

A pitch thrown by Colorado Rockies pitcher Manuel Corpas lands in the glove of Rockies invitee Ryan Casteel, over two lines strung above home plate as pitchers work on pitch placement during spring training baseball practice, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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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