Jackson turns back clock as Tigers beat Royals

Edwin Jackson pitched 6 1/3 strong innings in his first game with Detroit in 10 seasons as the host Tigers defeated the Kansas City Royals 5-2 on Friday.Jackson (2-5) gave up one run and four hits, striking out four and walking two. The right-hander signed with the Tigers after being released by the Toronto Blue Jays last month. Jackson, who has pitched for 13 teams, spent a full season with the Tigers in 2009, going 13-9 in an All-Star season.Dawel Lugo had three hits and drove in two runs for the Tigers, who won back-to-back games for the first time since a three-game winning streak in late May. Jake Rogers smacked a solo homer, while Miguel Cabrera reached base three times, scored a run and knocked in another.Jordy Mercer added two hits and scored a run. Niko Goodrum reached base twice and scored both times.Nick Ramirez tossed 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and Joe Jimenez got the final out for his first save this season.Whit Merrifield hit his second inside-the-park homer of the season, and Jorge Soler supplied his 32nd homer for the Royals. Bubba Starling added two hits. Royals starter Brad Keller (7-12) gave up five runs on 10 hits and struck out six in six innings.Merrifield provided some early excitement with his inside-the-park homer to center in the first inning. The deep shot bounced away from center fielder Victor Reyes as Merrifield circled the bases.

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