Salvador Perez, Royals blast Tigers

DETROIT — Salvador Perez homered twice as the Kansas City Royals broke open a close game to rout the Detroit Tigers 13-2 on Wednesday night.

 

The Royals broke a 2-2 tie with four runs in the seventh, then scored seven in the eighth. Perez drove in three, while Whit Merrifield had three doubles and three RBIs. Alcides Escobar had four hits, falling a homer shy of the cycle.

Jason Hammell (8-10) got the win, giving up two runs, nine hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out six while winning for the third time in four starts.

Tigers starter Matthew Boyd pitched six-plus innings, allowing four runs, seven hits and two walks while striking out four.

Perez gave the Royals a 1-0 lead in the second inning with his 23rd homer. The home run was Kansas City’s 169th of the season, setting a franchise record. Escobar made it 2-0 later in the inning with an RBI triple.

The Tigers got on the board after an error by third baseman Mike Moustakas in the fourth inning. With runners on the corners and one out, he misplayed what looked like an inning-ending double play ball, allowing James Hicks to score from third.

Ian Kinsler tied the game in the fifth, hitting his 15th homer. It was his 16th straight solo homer, with his last multi-run home run coming on Sept. 28, 2016, against Cody Anderson of the Cleveland Indians.

Escobar led off the seventh with a double and Alex Gordon blooped an RBI double down the left-field line, ending Boyd’s night. Warwick Saupold allowed a third straight double, this one to Merrifield, giving the Royals a 4-2 lead.

Lorenzo Cain singled home Merrifield, and Melky Cabrera doubled to move Cain to third and bring Jairo Labourt out of the Tigers bullpen. A passed ball gave Kansas City a 6-2 lead, but Labourt struck out Eric Hosmer and, after an intentional walk, got Moustakas to hit into an inning-ending double play.

Mike Moustakas, who had been noticeably limping in the field, left the game after the third inning with a sore knee. He’s listed as day to day.

The Royals put the game away with their seven-run eighth, including two runs on Merrifield’s third double and two more on Perez’s second homer. Tigers rookie Joe Jimenez gave up five runs in the inning while only recording one out.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Royals: RHP Joakim Soria (oblique) and LHP Danny Duffy (elbow) both threw short bullpen sessions on Wednesday. If they have no soreness, they will throw again on Friday with the hopes of returning before the end of the regular season.

Tigers: RHP Anibal Sanchez (calf) could pitch this weekend against the Blue Jays. Sanchez left Tuesday’s start after being hit by a groundball on his fifth pitch of the night, so he could pitch with fewer than four days’ rest.

UP NEXT

Royals: Kansas City returns home Thursday to start a four-game series with the Minnesota Twins. Sam Gaviglio (3-5, 4.62) will make his Royals debut after being claimed on waivers from Seattle on Friday, while Kyle Gibson (9-10, 5.33) starts for Minnesota.

Tigers: Detroit is off on Thursday before starting a three-game series in Toronto on Friday. Buck Farmer (3-2, 7.18) starts for the Tigers against an undetermined Blue Jays starter.

 

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