So, Matt Boyd, what were you thinking when you walked off the mound in the seventh inning to a standing ovation?

“Just how grateful I am,” said the rookie, who beat the Royals 2-1 Wednesday for his first major-league win in his Tigers’ debut. “Just awesome. I told Daniel Norris, ‘It feels like we’re home.’ This place was rocking. It meant a lot that they did that. It’s something I will never forget.”

Boyd, who along with Norris are two-thirds of the package the Tigers got from Toronto for David Price, allowed a run and seven hits in seven strong innings helping the Tigers snap a three-game losing skid to the Royals. He outdueled crafty Royals veteran right-hander Johnny Cueto.

“I’m pitching against the Royals, not Johnny Cueto,” he said. “You can’t keep track of that. It’s still baseball and you still have to execute your pitches whether it’s the 1927 Yankees or anybody. You gave to go out and pitch because bad pitches get hit.”

The Tigers got a run in the third when Anthony Gose hit a two-out triple over Lorenzo Cain’s head in center field. That plated Tyler Collins, who had doubled to lead off the inning.

In the fourth, Ian Kinsler led off with a triple and scored on Victor Martinez’s ground out.

That’s all Boyd had to work with.

Before the game, Ausmus’s main concern was that Boyd might be too amped up.

“The most important thing for young players, especially pitchers, is slowing the game down,” Ausmus said. “The game only happens — especially for a pitcher — only happens as fast as you allow it to happen. You can’t let the game speed up in your mind. A lot of times, that just means taking a breath and slowing things down.”

Boyd was amped up, for sure, but not in a bad way. His average fastball speed is 91 mph, but he threw five straight four-seamers at 94 mph in the first inning. As the game wore on, the velocity fell back to its normal low-90s range, but he continued to attack hitters — and most of them with pitches up in the zone.