Kansas City Royals Christian Colon safely slides home from second on a single by Jarrod Dyson during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Saturday, July 16, 2016 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Carlos Osorio
July 16, 2016

DETROIT (AP) The Kansas City Royals probably would have won this game without Wade Davis - but having their closer back on the mound was still a comforting sight.

Davis pitched a perfect ninth inning in his return from a strained forearm, and the Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 8-4 on Saturday night. Davis was activated from the disabled list before the game, and Kansas City went ahead and used him in a non-save situation.

''It felt really good,'' Davis said. ''Felt smooth, felt easy - a little bit erratic as far as where the ball is going, but other than that, it felt pretty good.''

Salvador Perez singled, doubled, scored a run and drew two of Kansas City's seven walks. The Royals scored four runs in the first inning off Mike Pelfrey, who didn't make it out of the second. Every hitter in Kansas City's lineup scored exactly once except right fielder Paulo Orlando.

Danny Duffy (5-1) allowed four runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings for Kansas City. He struck out seven and walked one.

Ian Kinsler homered for Detroit, but the Tigers were facing a significant deficit before they even came up to bat for the first time. Pelfrey (2-9) allowed five runs, four hits and four walks in 1 2/3 innings.

''I was terrible. Didn't get ahead, and half the guys I faced either got walks or hits. I was terrible,'' Pelfrey said. ''This game's on me. I put the bullpen in a bad spot, I put the offense in a bad spot, and I take full responsibility for it. I was terrible. I got what I deserved.''

Pelfrey actually retired the first batter of the game, but the next six Kansas City hitters reached base. Alex Gordon opened the scoring with a bases-loaded single, and Pelfrey then hit Orlando to force in another run. Cheslor Cuthbert's RBI single made it 3-0, and Christian Colon brought home another run with a groundout.

After allowing a single and two walks in the second, Pelfrey was pulled with the bases loaded and two outs. Reliever Dustin Molleken immediately threw a wild pitch that made it 5-1.

Kinsler's two-run homer in the third cut the lead in half, but the Royals added three more runs in the fifth on RBI singles by Colon, Jarrod Dyson and Eric Hosmer.

WAITING HIM OUT

The Royals aren't a team that walks much, but they adjusted when it became clear Pelfrey was having control problems.

''We put in some good at-bats there in the first inning,'' Hosmer said. ''A lot of guys toned down the aggressiveness a little bit, wanted to see some pitches.''

TRANSACTION

The Tigers optioned OF Steven Moya to Triple-A Toledo after the game. They'll have OF Justin Upton back from the bereavement list for Sunday's game against Kansas City.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: Davis hadn't pitched since June 30. ... Manager Ned Yost said OF Lorenzo Cain (left hamstring strain) might go out on a rehab assignment next week.

Tigers: LHP Daniel Norris (right oblique strain) is expected to begin rehab work with Toledo next week. ... RHP Jordan Zimmermann (right neck strain) said he'll probably throw a bullpen session Monday.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Yordano Ventura (6-7) takes the mound in the series finale Sunday. He's 6-0 with a 3.27 ERA in his career against the Tigers.

Tigers: Rookie RHP Michael Fulmer (9-2) tries for his 10th consecutive start allowing one earned run or fewer.

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