DETROIT (AP) - Kyle Davies didn't want to blame the cold weather, the opening day festivities or even an oddly low A-10 Warthog flyover just before the game.
Instead, he took full responsibility for his awful start in Kansas City's 5-2 loss to Detroit on Friday in the Tigers' home opener.
``My command was terrible with every pitch, and when I did throw strikes, they were up and over the plate,' he said. ``There are no excuses.'
Davies (0-1) gave up five runs in 3 2-3 innings, allowing six hits and five walks while throwing three wild pitches. In two starts this season, he has a 9.00 ERA with 13 hits and seven walks in nine innings.
``I don't know what happened,' he said. ``I felt great in the bullpen, and when I came out for the game I didn't have a thing. I couldn't even get the fastball over, and I have to build everything else off that.'
Royals manager Ned Yost was just as surprised as Davies.
``Kyle just never got it going - he never settled in,' Yost said. ``His command was off on everything, and that makes it tough for a pitcher.'
Davies struck out Austin Jackson to start the game, but Will Rhymes singled before Magglio Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera walked to load the bases. That brought up Victor Martinez for his first home at-bat as a Tiger, and his double made it 3-0.
``It's a great feeling,' said Martinez, who signed with Detroit in November. ``You look up, you see a full house. That makes you bring your 'A' game every time.'
Jhonny Peralta drove in another run with a double of his own down the left-field line.
Max Scherzer (2-0) allowed one run on seven hits in six innings, recovering nicely after giving up four home runs against the Yankees in his first start of the season.
Detroit added Martinez, Joaquin Benoit and Brad Penny in the offseason, hoping to make a run at first place in the AL Central. Tigers fans eager to see their new-look team caught a break when the rain in the area began to subside before the first pitch. Detroit then scored four runs in the first inning at Comerica Park.
Kansas City scored on an RBI triple in the third by Melky Cabrera, but the Tigers answered in the bottom half. Davies hit Miguel Cabrera with a pitch, threw a wild pitch, then walked Martinez and Brennan Boesch. Peralta drove in Cabrera with a sacrifice fly to deep left.
Alex Avila added a single, but Martinez was thrown out trying to score by left fielder Alex Gordon.
Kansas City's Billy Butler hit an RBI single off reliever Brayan Villarreal in the seventh, but Daniel Schlereth came on with two outs and runners on first and third and retired Kila Ka'aihue on a groundball to second baseman Will Rhymes, who made a diving stop to his right.
Benoit pitched a perfect eighth for Detroit, and Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his second save.
The Royals began the season with six straight home games and won four of them - all in their last at-bat. They had also played three straight games of at least 12 innings before falling behind the Tigers and never mounting much of a comeback.
Miguel Cabrera was greeted with a cheer when he was introduced before the game. The slugging first baseman was arrested in Florida in February on suspicion of drunken driving. Cabrera reached base three times in the home opener and hit a towering fly ball that was caught by Gordon at the wall in the sixth.
NOTES: The temperature at game time was 43 degrees. ... Fans observed a moment of silence before the game in honor of former Tigers manager Sparky Anderson, who died in November. A flag with ``SPARKY' on it was raised beyond the wall in left-center. ... Tigers 3B Brandon Inge was showing off a Michigan hockey jersey in his locker before the game. The Wolverines play Minnesota Duluth on Saturday for the national title. ... Miguel Cabrera appeared a bit shaken up after running into the tarp near the stands while chasing a foul ball in the sixth inning, but he stayed in the game. ... There were 44,799 tickets sold. It was the fourth-largest crowd at Comerica Park, which opened in 2000.
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