The Tigers went 4-7 on their three-city trip.
"This trip was a tough one", Avila said. "Getting shut out three times in 10 days wasn't fun; not something a lot of us are used to on this team".
Kennedy was pulled after three innings, allowing five runs, four hits and three walks. In fact, Kennedy last won on Sept 11, 2016.
Joakim Soria (2-2), 0 for 3 in save situations, retired none of the five batters he faced in the eighth as four scored.
He was given a 3-0 lead when Salvador Perez singled home Lorenzo Cain with the first run.
"I just tried to keep the ball down and promote early contact and get as many innings as I could to bridge the gap to the back end of our bullpen", Saupold said. "Physically you feel good for the first time in close to a month and then you say, 'OK, it might be a good day.' And then it just unravels in the third inning and your outing comes out to be pretty terrible". Bonifacio scored on a wild pitch. Jorge Bonifacio and Merrifield, who owns a career-best 16-game hitting streak, singled. "You need for them to hold the fort and hope the offense claws back in it".
Justin Wilson worked the ninth to collect his fifth save in six opportunities. Tigers left-hander Matthew Boyd was yanked with two outs in the fourth after 63 pitches.
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"I'm just missing off", Kennedy said.
The Tigers offense is too good to look as bad as they have recently, but it is hard to identify what exactly needs to change. Royals 1B Eric Hosmer singled in the third inning for his 1,000th hit.
Despite having issues with injuries this season, Tigers infielder Miguel Cabrera leads American League first basemen in the first update of All-Star Game voting. "Thank you for the fans".
The offense has been aggravatingly absent far too often in the past couple weeks, but the Tigers stand no shot if Boyd can not keep them in the game.
The Tigers took the first game in the series on Monday night, 10-7. The second one was Derek Jeter's. "You just try to go out and get the next one". "You relish those moments". "Running to second", Upton said.
"The first time after taking 15 days off not facing hitters was a little more hard than I thought it was going to be", Kennedy said. "It's not quite right yet, but I feel like in between starts it's been a lot better". Ausmus said he anticipates 2B Ian Kinsler (hamstring strain) will come off the disabled list Tuesday.
"I had to figure that out", Kennedy said.
Detroit is off today, but opens a six-game homestand with a weekend series against the Chicago White Sox tomorrow night. Kansas City is 22-29 overall and 13-12 at home while Detroit is 24-28 overall and 12-18 on the road.