KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Everybody in Detroit’s lineup had at least one hit and scored one run, the season-best offensive onslaught spurring the Tigers to a 16-4 rout of the Kansas City Royals in the opener of their four-game series Thursday night.
The Tigers established a season-high for runs just two days after their 14-5 blitzing of the Dodgers, and took a 5 1/2 -game lead over the second-place Royals in the AL Central.
Drew Smyly (5-8) gave up four runs on eight hits and a walk in 6 2/3 innings for Detroit.
Torii Hunter led the charge, leading off the fifth with a homer and adding a single later in the inning to finish with three RBI. The Tigers scored eight runs in the fifth. Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez also drove in three, and Ian Kinsler, Nick Castellanos and Eugenio Suarez drove in two runs apiece.
INDIANS 9, YANKEES 3: In Cleveland, Roberto Perez hit a two-run homer in his major league debut, and Carlos Santana also connected as Cleveland scored nine runs in its last two at bats to win.
ANGELS 15, RANGERS 6: In Arlington, Texas, All-Star center fielder Mike Trout had a three-run homer among his four hits to lead Los Angeles, which led 13-2 after three innings.
BRAVES 3, METS 1: In New York, Aaron Harang gave up four hits in seven innings, and Atlanta used early offense against Bartolo Colon to end a four-game losing streak and end New York’s four-game winning streak.
PHILLIES 9, BREWERS 1: In Milwaukee, Jimmy Rollins broke up Matt Garza’s no-hit bid with a single in the seventh before sparking a seven-run outburst an inning later, helping Philadelphia complete a four-game sweep.
The Brewers have lost five straight and nine of 10.
PIRATES 9, CARDINALS 1: In St. Louis, Edinson Volquez tossed a complete-game six-hitter to win his fourth straight start to lead Pittsburgh.
Neil Walker, Josh Harrison, Russell Martin and Andrew McCutchen all drove in two runs for the Pirates, who avoided a four-game sweep.
ATHLETICS 6, GIANTS 1: In San Francisco, All-Star Scott Kazmir struck out nine in seven scoreless innings to help Oakland win the Bay Bridge series.
Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer and Stephen Vogt drove in three runs for the A’s, who won three of four in the two-city series that began Monday night in Oakland.
ORIOLES 4, NATIONALS 3: In Baltimore, Steve Pearce homered and scored twice to help Wei-Yin Chen earn his ninth victory as Baltimore won for the eighth time in 10 games.