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Royals 11, Tigers 8

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jun 16 2014 09:46:47 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 16 2014 09:46:48 PM CDT

DETROIT -- Omar Infante hit a three-run homer and an RBI single against his former team, and the Kansas City Royals extended their winning streak to eight games with an 11-8 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night at Comerica Park.

Designated hitter Billy Butler smacked a three-run double, and left fielder Alex Gordon and center fielder Lorenzo Cain had three hits apiece for the Royals, who posted a season-high run total.

Royals left-hander Jason Vargas (7-2) gave up two runs on seven hits in seven innings, helping Kansas City (37-32) pull within a half-game of first-place Detroit (36-30) in the American League Central following the opener of a four-game series.

Detroit starter Justin Verlander (6-7) gave up seven runs for the second consecutive start, and he permitted a season-high 12 hits in six innings. Verlander allowed at least five runs for the sixth time in his past seven starts.

Tigers left fielder Rajai Davis had three hits and drove in two runs, and right fielder J.D. Martinez hit a grand slam during Detroit's six-run ninth.

The Royals blew the game open on Infante's two-out, three-run homer in the sixth off Verlander, taking a 7-2 lead. Kansas City tacked on four runs against reliever Evan Reed in the seventh with the aid of Reed's throwing error, which allowed two runs to score. Cain and shortstop Alcides Escobar drove in the other runs with singles for an 11-2 lead.

Detroit took a 1-0 lead in the third on Davis' RBI double. Center fielder Austin Jackson's run-scoring single, which brought home designated hitter Victor Martinez, made it 2-0 in the fourth.

Kansas City erased Detroit's advantage with a four-run fifth. Infante knocked in the Royals' first run with a single. First baseman Eric Hosmer's broken-bat single loaded the bases with one out before Butler belted a bases-clearing double to deep center. Two batters later, Butler was thrown out at the plate trying to score on catcher Salvador Perez's single.

Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter left the game during the fourth inning with a right hamstring cramp. Hunter sustained the injury while leaving the batter's box after hitting a single.

NOTES: Detroit RHP and reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, who tossed the first shutout of his career against the Chicago White Sox last week, opposes RHP Yordano Ventura on Tuesday night. ... Kansas City is 30-4 when scoring at least four runs. ... Detroit manager Brad Ausmus was a former teammate of San Diego Padres great Tony Gwynn, who died of cancer on Monday. "Tony was very good with the young guys," Ausmus said. "He took us under his wing and talked to us about hitting. He was the best I've ever seen at putting the fat part of the bat on the ball." ... Tigers rookie 3B Nick Castellanos was hitting .436 over his last 10 games. ... Royals batters have struck out 394 times this year, the only major league team with fewer than 400 strikeouts.

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