The Tigers got another strong outing by a starting pitcher, but they couldn’t generate much offense.

Doug Fister allowed nine hits, no walks and three earned runs in eight innings with three strikeouts for the Tigers.

The Tigers’ only runs came on a two-run home run in the top of the third by Miguel Cabrera.

The Royals scored three runs in the bottom of the third and went on to beat the Tigers, 3-2, on Monday night at Kauffman Stadium.

“We just didn’t do enough offensively,” said Tigers manager Jim Leyland. “We hit some balls good. We didn’t hit enough of them good.

“We probably hit too many balls in the air, to be honest with you. We hit some balls good. We pitched good. We played pretty good. We got beat.”

Cabrera’s blast traveled an estimated 412 feet over the fence in leftfield. That gave him 18 home runs, 90 hits and 69 RBIs for the season.

The Royals responded in the bottom of the inning. Alcides Escobar was safe on a soft grounder to short and Eric Hosmer singled with one out.

Salvador Perez then tripled on a line drive to right. The ball got past a diving Avisail Garcia and Torii Hunter, allowing two runs to score.

“As an ex-centerfielder, if you see me coming, get out of the way,” Hunter said. “I saw (Garcia) running full speed, didn’t say anything and he took off diving.

“I jumped out of the way. He wants that and he has a right to do it and I gotta get out of the way and I did. Usually when a righty hits a ball to right-center it stays inside, it fades back to the rightfielder. … that’s why I went after it so aggressively, because it’s coming back to me.”

With two outs, Lorenzo Cain beat out a throw to first on a ground ball to short and Perez scored to give the Royals a 3-2 lead.