KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- As All-Star catcher Ivan Rodriguez's backup, Vance Wilson doesn't get many chances to play. He took advantage of one of them Sunday.
Wilson went 3-for-4 with a home run and scored three times, including the winning run in the ninth, as the Detroit Tigers handed the Kansas City Royals their franchise-record 14th straight loss with an 8-7 victory Sunday in the first game of a doubleheader.
Wilson entered the game with a .151 batting average in 38 games and 86 at-bats.
"His track record has been pretty good," Tigers manager Alan Trammel said. "Given a chance, he's been able to contribute. The hard part is it is so few and far between at-bats, and like anybody else, he starts pressing.
"I think we're all very happy for him. It's tough. Any ballplayer has pride and you go up there and you look at the scoreboard (and see batting average). It's not really something you want to look at."
Pinch-hitter Omar Infante doubled home Wilson with the go-ahead run with two outs in the ninth. Infante, batting for John McDonald, doubled to the right-center gap off Ambiorix Burgos (1-5), who took the loss.
"He has a better chance to get an extra-base hit," Trammell said of Infante. "He's got some big hits for us."
There have been only two longer losing streaks than Kansas City's in the American League since 1975. Tampa Bay dropped 15 straight in 2002 and Baltimore lost a league-record 21 consecutive games in 1988.
Rondell White hit a three-run homer, and Wilson and Craig Monroe had solo shots for Detroit.
David DeJesus hit an inside-the-park homer for the Royals on a play that White was injured.
The doubleheader was scheduled after rainouts on Friday and Saturday.
Craig Dingman (1-1) picked up the victory. Fernando Rodney worked the ninth for his third save in six opportunities.
Monroe's home run with two outs in the sixth snapped a 5-all tie. In 41 career games against the Royals, Monroe has 12 home runs and 37 RBI.
Wilson led off the seventh with a home run, pushing the Tigers' lead to 7-5.
The Royals tied it in the bottom of the seventh when Matt Stairs' single scored Denny Hocking. Mike Sweeney, who had singled and stopped at third on Stairs' hit, scored the tying run on Emil Brown's sacrifice fly.
White -- who is hitting .444 on the road trip and .392 with three home runs, 13 RBI and 12 runs in his past 19 road games -- hit Mike Wood's 1-0 pitch off the left-field foul pole with Magglio Ordonez and Chris Shelton aboard in the first. Ordonez singled home Placido Polanco with the first run.
White, who played for the Royals in 2003, left in the third inning after injuring his left shoulder diving for DeJesus' hit to left field. With White in pain on the Kauffman Stadium grass, DeJesus circled the bases for his first career inside-the-park home run.
Stairs had a two-out double in the first. DeJesus reached base four times -- two singles, a home run and hit by a pitch.
The Royals tied it at 5 in the fourth when Mark Teahen tripled home two runs and scored on Angel Berroa's single.
Wood, who was making his second start after starting the season in the bullpen, gave up six runs and eight hits and one walk in six innings. He allowed five runs in the first two innings.
"I was just leaving the ball up," Wood said. "I had to make adjustments in the second and third innings. I just got off to a bad start and then I settled down. I wish I could take back that inning."
Tigers starter Jason Johnson allowed six runs on eight hits, two walks and a hit batter over 6 1/3 innings. He left with the Tigers up 7-5.
"I wouldn't say it was one of his greatest performances, but he pitched well enough to win, but we couldn't hold it," Trammell said. "He battled."
Plate umpire Bill Hohn issued a warning to both dugouts after Johnson hit DeJesus with a pitch in the fifth. The teams had a dugout-clearing melee on July 17 at Detroit when Royals right-hander Runelvys Hernandez beaned Carlos Guillen. Hernandez is appealing his 10-game suspension.