KANSAS CITY -- Gil Meche didn't match his Opening Day performance, and the Royals lost to the Tigers, 6-5, Saturday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium.
Meche, who threw 7 1/3 brilliant innings on Opening Day, went another seven Saturday, but allowed six runs, including three homers. Gary Sheffield homered just inside the left-field foul pole in the bottom of the first, and Meche permitted leadoff blasts to Ivan Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson in the fourth and fifth, respectively.
The third inning, though, provided the undoing. Meche allowed four hits and a sacrifice fly, and the Tigers took a 4-1 lead. The Royals battled back to tie the game at 4 with three in the bottom of the third, but Rodriguez's and Granderson's homers provided the Tigers with a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
Offensively, Reggie Sanders, receiving his first at-bats of the season, homered, doubled, singled and scored three runs. David DeJesus continued his hot hitting with two hits and a walk.
The Royals dropped to 2-3 with the loss. Their two victories this season have each come in series openers.
Conor Nicholl is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.