Volquez gave up a run in the third when the Tigers got runners on first and second with no outs. Ian Kinsler hit what looked like a double-play grounder to Royals second baseman Omar Infante. But Anthony Gose slid hard at shortstop Christian Colon, forcing an errant throw and allowing a run to score.
Volquez came back and got the next two hitters. For the night, Volquez gave up five hits and two runs, walked three and struck out four.
"I thought he threw the ball great," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "If we turn the double play, they don't score the first run."
For the most part, Volquez was pleased.
"I'll take it," Volquez said. "But the biggest thing for us is wins. [Price] was better than me. We all know what he can do. He's not a surprise. He competes and throws a lot of strikes."
Sometimes, Volquez suggested, you just tip your cap.
"It was a good game for them," he said. "We come back tomorrow and work harder."
Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FlannyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.