DETROIT—Victor Martinez hit a three-run double in his first home at-bat for the Detroit Tigers, helping his new team to a 5-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday.
Martinez, who signed with Detroit in November, cleared the bases in the first inning with a drive to the gap in right-center field. Jhonny Peralta drove in two runs for the Tigers, who looked sharp in their home opener after losing four of six to start the season.
Max Scherzer (2-0) allowed one run on seven hits in six innings, recovering nicely after giving up four home runs against the Yankees in his first start of the season. The Tigers took advantage of an erratic outing by Kyle Davies (0-1), who allowed five runs on six hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Detroit added Martinez, Joaquin Benoit and Brad Penny in the offseason, hoping to make a run at first place in the AL Central. Tigers fans eager to see their new-look team caught a break when the rain in the area began to subside before the first pitch. Detroit then scored four runs in the first inning at Comerica Park.
Davies walked two and threw two wild pitches in the first inning alone, and Martinez's double made it 3-0. Peralta drove in another run with a double of his own down the left-field line.
Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his second save.