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Tigers batter Shields, trounce Royals

Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Victor Martinez went 3-for-5 with two RBI to lead an offensive barrage that fueled the Detroit Tigers' 8-2 rout of the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

The Tigers pounded out 14 hits and shelled Royals ace James Shields for eight runs in 6 1/3 innings to claim the opener of this three-game set and win for the third straight time overall. Every Detroit starter collected at least one hit, with J.D. Martinez finishing 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and Alex Avila contributing a two-run homer.

Detroit also received seven solid innings from Rick Porcello (4-1), with the righty yielding just four hits and two runs while fanning six without a walk.

Shields (3-3), who entered the contest with a 2.03 ERA, was tagged for 12 hits and seven earned runs to have a three-start win streak halted.

Billy Butler had a solo homer and Omar Infante ended 2-for-4 with a run scored in the loss.

05/02 22:58:50 ET