Tigers erupt for 26 hits, crush Royals

Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Omar Infante, Andy Dirks, Austin Jackson and the Detroit Tigers combined for 26 hits, with the offensive clinic beginning against James Shields and ending in a 16-2 rout of the Kansas City Royals.

Two days after getting embarrassed by Boston, 20-4, the Tigers took out their frustrations on the playoff-hopeful Royals. Infante was a perfect 5-for-5 with six RBI, Dirks had five hits and scored four times and Jackson knocked in four with a 3-for-6 performance.

Of the Tigers' 26 hits, only six went for extra bases and the team accomplished the impressive run total without hitting a single home run.

Shields (10-9) took the brunt of the outburst, charged with 10 of the runs and 14 of the hits over 3 2/3 innings of work.

Kansas City, which had won nine of 12 coming in, fell five games behind Tampa Bay for the final wild card berth in the American League with the loss.

09/06 23:41:24 ET