Royals Report: KC Blasts Tigers With Home Run Barrage
The Royals won their third straight game, and fourth straight series, by blasting four home runs to defeat the Detroit Tigers 6-1 at Comerica Park on Tuesday night.
The Kansas City Royals improved to 59-60 with their 6-1 win on Tuesday. Kansas City remains 10.0 game behind AL Central leader Cleveland. The Tigers fell to 63-56. Detroit remains in second place in the AL Central, but lost a game to the Royals and Indians.
Danny Duffy solidified his hold on the “ace” role for the KC Royals by lasting 7.2 innings, while allowing only 3 hits, 2 walks, and 1 earned run with 5 strikeouts. Duffy out-dueled former Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander, who went 7.0 innings while giving up 3 earned runs on three solo home runs.
The offense in this game was pretty simple. Rookie Raul Mondesi Jr. hit a solo blast run in the third to give Kansas City a 1-0 lead. The blow was the first home run of Mondesi’s major-league career. Alex Gordon slammed another solo shot in the fifth to put KC up 2-0. But Jarrod Saltalamacchia responded with his own solo home run in the bottom of the frame the pull the Tigers within one.
Eric Hosmer hit a monster shot to dead center that screamed off the bat at 106.6 mph and traveled an estimated 443 feet to put the Royals up 3-1. Kansas City took over the game with two unearned runs in the eighth inning. Lorenzo Cain‘s two-out RBI double was the key hit to put the the Boys in Blue on top 5-1.
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Kendrys Morales finished scoring with yet another solo shot in the ninth for his team-leading 20th home run of the season.
Joakim Soria came on in eighth to strike out Ian Kinsler for the final out of the inning. Peter Moylan pitched a clean ninth inning to finish the game.
Kansas City ended up with a pretty easy win. That’s impressive when you consider they were facing one of the toughest pitchers in the American League in Justin Verlander. For once, the home run worked to their advantage, hitting four on the night.
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Kansas City has won six of their last seven and their fourth series in a row. They have a chance to sweep the Tigers with a win on Wednesday. Pretty much any way you cut it, the Royals are rolling.
Let’s just hope its not too late for them to get back in the playoff race. The Indians need to hit a cold snap.