Final Score: Detroit 8, Kansas City 2
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.
Shields worked his away out of bases-loaded jam in the second inning, but was
hit hard in each of the next two frames as the Tigers erased an early 1-0
A Torii Hunter single was followed by back-to-back doubles from Miguel Cabrera
and Victor Martinez that put Detroit ahead in the third, and Avila made it a
4-1 lead an inning later with a towering homer to right-center that came after
J.D. Martinez reached on a leadoff double.
The Tigers weren't finished in the fourth, as Andrew Romine and Ian Kinsler
delivered consecutive singles before a double-play grounder from Hunter
brought in another run.
"I wasn't locating my pitches, getting behind in the count today," said
Shields. "I didn't do my job out there, bottom-line."
Porcello got off to a bit of a rocky beginning, as Infante tripled to right in
the opening inning and crossed the plate on an Eric Hosmer sac fly to give
Kansas City a quick 1-0 edge.
The Detroit starter later served up Butler's line-drive homer to left to begin
the bottom of the fourth that brought the Royals within 5-2, then proceeded to
set down the next 12 hitters to complete his stint.
"I was throwing first-pitch strikes," said Porcello. "I think that was the
biggest key tonight, it was establishing the fastball early and getting ahead
Shields settled down to throw a perfect fifth and sixth, but gave up Victor
Martinez's single that plated Kinsler in the seventh and left after loading
the bases. A J.D. Martinez double off Kelvin Herrera knocked in two more
runners to extend the margin to 8-2.
Porcello improved to 14-6 in 26 career starts in May ... Hunter went 2-for-5
with two runs scored to lengthen his hitting streak to nine games, while
Cabrera is on an eight-game tear ... Infante has hit safely in all 11 of the
Royals' home games this season ... Danny Duffy will start Saturday's meeting
for Kansas City in place of Bruce Chen, who was placed on the 15-day disabled
list before the game with a bulging disc in his lower back ... The Royals fell
to 0-14 when scoring less then four runs.
05/03 01:16:28 ET
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