Kansas City, MO (WKZO) – The Tigers trailed 1-0 after the first inning but that was the only time they were down, as a pair of three run innings helped propel the Tigers to an 8-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.
Rick Porcello (4-1) picked up the win after tossing seven innings in which he allowed just two runs on four hits, while striking out six and issuing no walks. Kansas City’s bats were kept in check all night by Porcello, who gave up a sacrifice fly to Eric Hosmer in the first and allowed a solo home run to Billy Butler in the fourth for the Royals only two runs. Porcello has now won three straight starts.
The Tigers’ offense beat up on Royals’ start James Shields, as he was lit up for 12 hits and all eight Detroit runs before being chased from the game in the seventh inning. All nine Tigers’ starters had a hit while Victor Martinez and JD Martinez each hit two doubles and drove in two runs. The two Martinez’s were responsible for driving in all three runs in the seventh inning to put the game out of reach.
Alex Avila also hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fourth to give the Tigers a 4-1 lead.
Ian Krol and Evan Reed each tossed scoreless innings in relief to secure the Tigers’ 15th win of the year and Detroit is now the owners of the best record in the American League.
The Tigers and Royals continue their three game series with the middle game on Saturday night. Drew Smyly (1-1, 3.60 ERA) will take the mound for Detroit and Kansas City will counter with Danny Duffy (1-1, 2.16). First pitch is set for 7:10pm.