Detroit Tigers stun Kansas City Royals with back-to-back homers to win in ninth

Detroit — This is how legends start.

Riley Greene stepped to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday. Victor Reyes had just dramatically tied the score at 3 with a no-doubt home run to right-center field.

Greene had already crushed a ball to the wall in center field, a 413-footer in the first inning. The ball stayed in the park and he rolled into third base with a triple.

Earlier in the day, he had to answer questions about this being his 12th big-league game and he hadn’t yet hit a home run, and had, in fact, only one extra-base hit. Never mind that he had reached base safely in 10 of his first 11 games, with hits in eight of them.

“I was not anxious about that at all,” Greene said. “Homers are going to come. You try to hit homers and you’re not going to swing the bat good.”

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