Mike Moustakas had three hits and three RBIs and the Kansas City Royals roughed up Justin Verlander in a 9-8 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night.
Verlander, the reigning AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner, was charged with eight earned runs, matching his career high, in 5 2-3 innings.
It was the third time in Verlander's career he had surrendered eight earned runs and first since April 6, 2009, at Toronto.
Moustakas hit a tiebreaking RBI double off Phil Coke with two down in the eighth inning.
The teams will play game two Wednesday night at Comerica Park in Detroit.
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