Eric Hosmer's RBI double capped a five-run seventh inning and Kansas City avoided a four-game sweep on Sunday with a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Four of the runs were charged to Justin Verlander, who started the inning with a two-hit shutout but loaded the bases on three straight singles.
The come-from-behind win still leaves the second-place Royals 6 1/2 games behind the Tigers in the AL Central.
Since June 18 when K.C. beat the Tigers for their 10th straight win and went a season-best seven games over .500, the Royals have gone 9-14 while the Tigers went 17-6.
Verlander gave up six hits in 6 1/3 innings, struck out three and walked one.
Yordano Ventura pitched 1 2/3 innings in his first career relief appearance and got the win.