The Kansas City Royals rang up 20 hits and 15 runs on their way to a 15-7 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium. The win sealed the KC Royals third consecutive over-.500 season with an 82-51 record, and a 2-1 series victory over the Tigers.
With the Blue Jays inactive, and the Twins losing 6-4 to the White Sox, the Kansas City Royals took a six-game lead for the American League’s best record and a 13 game lead in the Central.
The night did not start well for the KC Royals with the Tigers scoring three runs off starter Edinson Volquez in the first inning. Anthony Gose led off with a solo home run, followed by singles from Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera. Volquez appeared poised to escape the inning after a fielder’s choice and a strikeout, but Nick Castellanos singled to drive in Kinsler and Cabrera.
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The Kansas City Royals struck back immediately in the bottom half of the inning, on Kendrys Morales 2-RBI single with the bases loaded. The first inning lasted 45 minutes and required 76 pitches from starters Matt Boyd and Edinson Volquez.
The Royals took the lead in the bottom of the second by scoring four runs. Cheslor Cuthbert and Christian Colon started the inning with singles, followed by an RBI single from Ben Zobrist. With runners at first and third, Lorenzo Cain slammed his 14th home run to give the KC Royals what appeared to be a comfortable 6-3 lead.
However, the Tigers tied the score in the top of the third. Miguel Cabrera started things off with a double, followed by a pop out and ground out. Yet, once again Volquez could not escape the inning allowing a soft single by Nick Castellanos, which plated Cabrera and allowed Castellanos to advance to second on the throw. Left fielder Tyler Collins doubled to score Castellanos. Royals manager Ned Yost, however, allowed Edinson Volquez to continue. Catcher Brian McCann singled to drive in Collins, tying the game at 6-6.
The KC Royals snagged a single run in sixth when Jonny Gomes doubled home Kendrys Morales. Morales scored all of the way from first base, where he had reached with a one out single. Detroit answered with a single run in the top of the seventh off reliever Luke Hochevar on a fielder’s choice by Brian McCann to pull Detroit within two runs at 9-7.
Kansas City put the game out of reach with six runs in the bottom half of the inning, highlighted by a two-run double by Kendrys Morales with the bases loaded, and a two-run home run by Paulo Orlando.
Every Kansas City Royals starter except Alex Gordon had at least one hit, and Gordon reached base on a walk. Ben Zobrist and Kendrys Morales got four hits, while Eric Hosmer chipped in with three. Lorenzo Cain and Paulo Orlando hit home runs. Morales led the team with four RBIs, giving him 98 on the season.
The game marked the first time the Kansas City Royals had notched 20 hits in a game since 2011. And, it was the second game in a row that the Royals scored 10 or more runs.