The Royals needed as much offense as they could get on a day in which starter Eric Skoglund struggled, giving up five runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings.
"He threw some really good curveballs and some rollers," Yost said. "Just wasn't exceptionally sharp like last time but competed well enough to get us into the fifth. He was starting to hit a wall to me then."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Reliever Kevin McCarthy gave the Royals three scoreless innings late in an extra-innings win over Boston on Tuesday, and he came through again on Thursday. McCarthy came into the game with the Royals clinging to a 7-6 lead with one out in the sixth and runners on first and second. McCarthy got JaCoby Jones to hit a soft liner to shortstop Alcides Escobar, who flipped back to second base for an easy double play when Tigers pinch-runner Niko Goodrum strayed off the bag. McCarthy then pitched a 1-2-3 seventh.
"McCarthy … did a great job," Yost said. "We were just trying to get through it with our bullpen, and he came in and did a great job."
ROYALS OUTRIGHT MAURER After the win, the Royals announced they have outrighted reliever Brandon Maurer to Triple-A Omaha. The move creates an open spot on Kansas City's 40-man roster.
UP NEXT Right-hander Ian Kennedy (1-3, 3.48 ERA) takes the mound for the Royals in Game 2 of the series with the Tigers at 7:15 p.m. CT on Friday. Left-hander Francisco Liriano (3-1, 3.38) pitches for Detroit. Kennedy gave up two runs on two walks and five hits over five innings while striking out six on Sunday in a no-decision against the White Sox.