Kansas City Royals Offense, Yordano Ventura Key 12-1 Victory
Yordano Ventura, backed by four Kansas City Royals home runs, stifled Miguel Cabrera and the Tigers in route to a 12-1 win Wednesday night.
Ventura, who has given up just four earned runs in his last 32 innings, was dominant in his seven innings of work, striking out 11 while giving up just one run.
The Royals jumped on Tigers veteran Randy Wolf quickly, grabbing a 1-0 lead in the 1st on a Ben Zobrist home run.
Kansas City added two more in the 2nd inning on a Cheslor Cuthbert two-RBI single to make it 3-0.
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After Ventura struck out the side in the 3rd, the Lorenzo show took over, beginning with a mammoth solo home run from Cain to put the Royals up 4-0.
The very next inning, Cain doubled in Paulo Orlando and Zobrist to go up 6-0, before he and Eric Hosmer were both driven in on Kendrys Morales‘ 17th home run of the season.
Both Cain and Hosmer’s runs were charged to Wolf, who gave up eight earned runs in just 3 2/3 innings pitched.
The Royals weren’t finished just yet, however.
After a Salvador Perez walk, Cuthbert hit his first career home run to pad the Royals lead even further at 11-0.
Paulo Orlando immediately followed with his 6th triple of the year, his first since April 20, before being driven in on an Alcides Escobar single to put the Royals up 12-0 in just the 5th inning.
After Escobar singled, Ned Yost began a mass exodus of Royals starters, running Christian Colon for Escobar, pinch-hitting Omar Infante for Zobrist, and pinch hitting Jarrod Dyson for Cain.
Along with those changes, the game also saw Terrance Gore in left field and Drew Butera at first base, and Francisco Pena at catcher.
The Tigers managed one run off of Ventura in the top of the 6th on an Ian Kinsler RBI ground out that drove in Anthony Gose.
The 12-1 win put the Royals back at 30-games above .500 at 81-51, while the loss moved the Tigers back to 10-games below .500 at 61-71.
Next: Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals, 7:10 P.M. CT, Kauffman Stadium; LHP Matt Boyd (1-5, 7.12 ERA) vs. RHP Edinson Volquez (12-7, 3.27 ERA)