FINAL: TIGERS 13, ROYALS 2
The youthful Tigers provided some pop on Tuesday night with six home runs, ending a five-game losing streak in their 13-2 rout of the Royals at Comerica Park.
Jacoby Jones went deep twice and John Hicks did the same, as Jose Iglesias and Mikie Mahtook were both good for one. It was the first time the Tigers have hit at least five homers in a game since June of 2016.
After losing Anibal Sanchez to an injury on a comeback ball that hit him on the leg in the first at-bat of the game, the Tigers fell behind 1-0 in the first inning.
The young guns answered with a powerful roar en route to a seven-run second inning, which got started thanks to a two-run double from Jeimer Candelario.
Myles Jaye and Blaine Hardy combined to give the Tigers five innings of shutout baseball, as the run in the first inning was charged to Sanchez. Hardy was especially impressive, setting down all eight batters he faced with three strikeouts.
Mahtook went 3-for-5 from the plate with two RBI and three runs scored.
Top 9th: Tigers 13, Royals 2
Victor Alcantara made his Major League debut for the Tigers in the ninth. Alcantara struck out Drew Butera looking and got Cheslor Cuthbert to ground out to shortstop before hitting Jorge Soler with a pitch. Raul Mondesi singled to left field, but Alcantara got Alex Gordon to pop out to shallow left field to end the game.
Bottom 8th: Tigers 13, Royals 2
John Hicks went deep for the second time tonight with a one-out solo shot to left field that puts the Tigers up 13-2.
That's the sixth home run of the night for Tigers hitters, and Hicks joins Jacoby Jones with a pair against Royals pitching on this crisp, late summer night.
Bryan Holaday flew out to right field to leadoff the inning.
Top 8th: Tigers 12, Royals 2
Ramon Torres singled to center field off of Alex Wilson, but the newly-inserted Tigers reliever settled in to set the next three Royals down in order. Paulo Orlando grounded into a fielder's choice, Jorge Bonifacio did the same and Cam Gallagher grounded out to shortstop to end the frame.
Bottom 7th: Tigers 12, Royals 2
Jacoby Jones drilled his second home run of the night on the first pitch of the seventh inning, putting the Tigers up 12-2 on the team's fifth long ball of the game.
Mikie Mahtook notched his third hit of the night with a two-out single to right field, but Nick Castellanos grounded out to third to end the inning.
Top 7th: Tigers 11, Royals 2
Jorge Soler drew a leadoff walk from Drew VerHagen, but after Raul Mondesi struck out swinging, Alex Gordon lined out hard to second base, allowing the Tigers to turn an easy double play to end the inning.
Bottom 6th: Tigers 11, Royals 2
Mikie Mahtook singled to center field and Nick Castellanos notched an infield single to start the sixth against new Royals reliever Andres Machado. After James McCann struck out swinging, John Hicks delivered his third RBI of the night with a single to center field, putting the Tigers up 11-2.
With runners on the corners, Jeimer Candelario popped out into foul territory and Alex Presley grounded out to second to end the frame.
Top 6th: Tigers 10, Royals 2
Lorenzo Cain greeted Tigers reliever Daniel Stumpf rather rudely with a towering solo home run to leadoff the sixth inning, cutting the Tigers lead to 10-2.
Melky Cabrera drew a walk and was pinch-ran for by Jorge Bonifacio, but Stumpf settled in from there and got out of the frame. Eric Hosmer popped out to third, Salvador Perez struck out swinging and Mike Moustakas did the same.
Bottom 5th: Tigers 10, Royals 1
Jose Iglesias hit the Tigers fourth home run of the night with his sixth dinger of the season bouncing off the foul pole in left field, a solo shot that puts the Tigers up 10-1.
Alex Presley flew out to center field and Jacoby Jones grounded out to shortstop to start the frame.
Top 5th: Tigers 9, Royals 1
Alcides Escobar struck out swinging, Alex Gordon did the same and Whit Merrifield flew out to left field as the Royals went down in order for the second consecutive inning.
Blaine Hardy is doing some nice work out of the bullpen tonight. He's tossed 2.2 innings and hasn't allowed a baserunner, while also picking up three strikeouts.
Bottom 4th: Tigers 9, Royals 1
Mikie Mahtook reached after a passed ball got by Salvador Perez on a strikeout. Mahtook was able to swipe second base to give the Tigers a man in scoring position, but he stayed put when Nick Castellanos grounded out to third. James McCann followed by flying out to shallow right field, but John Hicks decided to make some noise with a two-run home run to left-center for his fifth dinger of the season, putting the Tigers up 9-1.
Top 4th: Tigers 7, Royals 1
Salvador Perez popped out to second, Mike Moustakas grounded out to first and Brandon Moss struck out swinging against Blaine Hardy in the fourth.
Bottom 3rd: Tigers 7, Royals 1
Alex Presley drew a one-out walk, and after Jacoby Jones struck out swinging, Jose Iglesias singled to left field to put runners on the corners for the top of the order. Ian Kinsler wasn't able to come through, grounding out to third to end the frame.
Jeimer Candelario struck out swinging to leadoff the inning against new Royals pitcher Trevor Cahill.
Top 3rd: Tigers 7, Royals 1
Lorenzo Cain drew a one-out walk, and after 37 pitches, Myles Jaye's night came to a close. Blaine Hardy entered and got Melky Cabrera to pop out and Eric Hosmer to ground out to second to end the frame.
Whit Merrifield flew out to left field to leadoff the inning.
Bottom 2nd: Tigers 7, Royals 1
James McCann was hit by a pitch to start the second, giving the Tigers their first baserunner of the night. After Jason Vargas issued a walk to John Hicks, Jeimer Candelario delivered a two-run double to left-center to put the Tigers on top 2-1.
Alex Presley kept the good times going with an RBI single to center field that puts the Tigers up 3-1.
And while the Tigers young guns were at it, Jacoby Jones decided to join the party with a two-run home run to right field to give the Tigers a 5-1 advantage.
The long ball was Jones' first home run since Opening Day.
After Jose Iglesias grounded out, Ian Kinsler notched the Tigers fourth hit of the frame with a single to center field. That's when Mikie Mahtook decided to keep things going with a two-run shot of his own to left field, 7-1.
It didn't stop there, as Nick Castellanos singled to left field, bringing up McCann for his second at-bat of the inning. McCann grounded into a fielder's choice, and Vargas finally got out of the inning by getting Hicks to ground out to third.
Top 2nd: Royals 1, Tigers 0
Mike Moustakas doubled over the head of Jacoby Jones in center field, and he moved up to third when Brandon Moss grounded out to first. Myles Jaye was able to get out of the inning by getting Alcides Escorbar to pop out to first base and Alex Gordon to fly out to left field.
Bottom 1st: Royals 1, Tigers 0
Ian Kinsler flew out to right field, Mikie Mahtook struck out swinging and Nick Castellanos flew out t right field as the Tigers went down in order against K.C. starter Jason Vargas.
Top 1st: Royals 1, Tigers 0
Things are off to a rough start for the Tigers already, as Anibal Sanchez was forced to leave the game after taking a ball off the leg from Royals leadoff hitter Whit Merrifield, who reached second after Sanchez corralled the ball and threw it wide of first base.
Insert: Myles Jaye.
Merrifield moved up to third on a wild pitch, and after Lorenzo Cain walked, Merrifield scored the night's first run on a fielder's choice off the bat of Melky Cabrera. 1-0.
Jaye got Eric Hosmer to fly out to left field and Salvador Perez to fly out to right field to get out of the frame.
ROYALS AT TIGERS
First pitch: 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, Comerica Park, Detroit
TV/radio: Fox Sports Detroit/97.1 FM
Records: The Tigers are 58-79, fourth place in the American League Central Division, 23 games behind the Cleveland Indians. The Royals are 68-68, third place in the AL Central, 12.5 games behind the Indians, and 2.5 games behind the second wild-card spot.
1. Whit Merrifield, 2B
2. Lorenzo Cain, CF
3. Melky Cabrera, RF
4. Eric Hosmer, 1B
5. Salvador Perez, C
6. Mike Moustakas, 3B
7. Brandon Moss, DH
8. Alcides Escobar, SS
9. Alex Gordon, LF
SP: Jason Vargas, LHP
1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Mikie Mahtook, LF
3. Nick Castellanos, DH
4. James McCann, C
5. John Hicks, 1B
6. Jeimer Candelario, 3B
7. Alex Presley, RF
8. JaCoby Jones, CF
9. Jose Iglesias, SS
10. Anibal Sanchez, RHP