At eight games over .500, it can’t be called the Tigers’ undoing.

But their road record is the closest thing to an undoing that they have.

Still the only division leader in the majors under .500, the Tigers fell on Monday night to 13-17 when they’re away from Comerica Park.

They dropped to that record with a 3-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

Since sweeping four straight in Houston, the Tigers are 4-10 on the road.

Before the game, manager Jim Leyland didn’t choose to acknowledge the situation as a problem, saying ‘it didn’t work out in our favor, but I thought we played some good games (on the Tigers’ previous stop) in Baltimore.”

But he can’t be pleased with it.

“We played a good game, and pitched a good game, but we didn’t do enough offensively,” Leyland said after the loss. “We hit some balls good, but not enough.”

All the damage against the Tigers by the Royals was done in their three-run third that more than offset Miguel Cabrera’s two-run home run in the top of the third.

There were two big hits for the Royals in the third: Salvador Perez’s two-run triple that tied it and Lorenzo Cain’s infield single with two outs that drive in Perez from third with what proved to be the winning run.

Having a difficult time getting sufficient run support, Doug Fister (5-4) worked eight innings, but took the loss. The Tigers have scored four runs in his last four starts, losing all four – two shutouts and two 3-2 defeats.

After a 4-0 start, Fister has won only once since April 28.

Most of the time, it’s not been his fault, though.

“He did a good job, minimized his pitches,” said Leyland. “If we had taken the lead (in the ninth), I was going to send him back out there.”

Instead of taking the lead against closer Greg Holland, though, the Tigers went down in order in the ninth for the only time in the game.