Mercer homers in rare Tigers' rally, 6-4 win over Royals

Detroit Tigers' Jordy Mercer breaks his bat during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Detroit Tigers' Willi Castro, left, is tagged out by Kansas City Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi (27) during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. Castro was caught stealing on the play. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Detroit Tigers' Brandon Dixon (12) hits a solo home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Glenn Sparkman during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. Kansas City Royals catcher Nick Dini, right, watches from behind the plate. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Detroit Tigers' Brandon Dixon (12) is congratulated by teammate Dawel Lugo (18) after his solo home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Detroit Tigers' Dawel Lugo gestures as he rounds the bases following his solo home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Glenn Sparkman during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Detroit Tigers' Jordy Mercer hits a solo home run off Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Glenn Sparkman during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jordy Mercer put the Tigers ahead with their third home run of the fourth inning, and Detroit overcame a three-run deficit in a victory for the first time this year by beating the Kansas City Royals 6-4 Thursday.

Kansas City built a 3-0 lead in the second against Matthew Boyd (8-10) when Whit Merrifield hit a two-run single and scored on Adalberto Mondesi's double. Merrifield had four hits, one shy of his career high.

Harold Castro started the comeback with an RBI single in the third, and Detroit took a 4-3 lead in the fourth off Glenn Sparkman (3-11) when Brandon Dixon and Dawel Lugo homered on consecutive pitches with one out and Mercer went deep with two outs for the Tigers' first three-homer inning this year.

Detroit, which stopped a four-game losing streak, is a big league-worst 41-97. Kansas City at 51-90 also is on pace for more than 100 losses.

Pinch-hitter Willi Castro had a two-run single in the sixth off Josh Staumont. Castro replaced Mercer, who left because of a bruised right wrist.

Cheslor Cuthbert had a run-scoring grounder in the eighth against Bryan Garcia.

Boyd allowed three runs and 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings, and Joe Jiménez got three outs for his fifth save in six chances.

Sparkman gave up four runs and seven hits in four innings.

UP NEXT

Tigers: After completing a suspended game that resumes with Detroit trailing Oakland 5-3 in the seventh inning, RHP Spencer Turnbull (3-14, 4.45 ERA) starts for the Tigers on Friday and Homer Bailey (12-8, 4.96 ERA) for the Athletics. The game was suspended by rain in Detroit on May 19.

Royals: In Kansas City's first game against the Marlins since 2016, RHP Jorge López (2-7, 6.61 ERA) starts at Miami on Friday against RHP Pablo López (5-7, 4.89 ERA).

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