KANSAS CITY, Mo. –– Eleven different Detroit Tigers batters scored at least one run and had at least one hit in a 16-4 win over the Royals tonight.
The Tigers improved to 4-0 this season at Kauffman Stadium this season and have outscored the Royals, 42-12, in those games. The Tigers outscored the Royals, 26-8, in a three-game sweep at Kauffman Stadium in early May.
The Tigers scored eight earned runs off Royals right-handed pitcher Jeremy Guthrie over four-plus innings tonight. The eight earned runs allowed were a season-high for Guthrie. He gave up eight hits, three walks and hit two batters.
The Tigers scored three runs in the first, three more in the second and then broke the game open with an eight-run fifth inning.
Torii Hunter, who served as the designated hitter with Victor Martinez still out with side soreness, was 3-for-6 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Miguel Cabrera was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored. J.D. Martinez was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
Hunter led off the fifth with his 12th home run of the season. Eugenio Suarez added a two-run double and scored on an RBI single by Ian Kinsler. J.D. Martinez drove in a run with a single to left and another run came in on a fielding error by leftfielder Raul Ibanez. Hunter added his second RBI of the ingle on a single and scored on an RBI double by Castellanos.
Austin Jackson led the game off with a single and went to third on a single to right by Kinsler. Jackson scored on Cabrera's ground out. After Guthrie gave up a walk to J.D. Martinez, Kinsler scored on a single by Hunter. Martinez scored on a sacrifice fly by Castellanos to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead.
A bloop single to left by Jarrod Dyson scored Alcides Escobar in the second inning for the Royals.
Kinsler's sacrifice single brought home Suarez in the fourth and Cabrera followed with a two-run double to left to give the Tigers a 6-1 lead.
Billy Butler hit his third home run of the season to cut the deficit to 6-2 for the Royals in the bottom of the fourth.
J.D. Martinez hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth to bring home Andrew Romine and give the Tigers a 16-4 lead.
Left-hander Drew Smyly (5-8) allowed eight hits, one walk and four earned runs over 6.2 innings with two strikeouts for the Tigers. His night ended after giving up a two-run home run to Eric Hosmer in the seventh inning.
The Tigers had 19 hits, including eight doubles. The eight doubles are the most in a game since they had eight at Boston on Aug. 27, 2005. Cabrera and Suarez each had two doubles while Avila, Castellanos, J.D. Martinez and Rajai Davis each had one.
The Tigers improved to 6-3 overall against the Royals this season.