DETROIT — The Kansas City Royals don’t play the Detroit Tigers again until September.That might be the one thing that keeps them from making a postseason run. The Royals extended their winning streak to eight games with a 16-2 rout of the Tigers on Wednesday night. Five of the eight wins have come against the Tigers, who they have outscored 40-10 in the last four games, including a 16-4 win on July 20. “We feel good right now,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “It is great that we have an off day tomorrow, but the way we are playing, you kind of wish maybe we could have an off day three or four days from now.” The winning streak is Kansas City’s longest since a nine-game run from Aug. 14-23 last season. “Our offense is giving us so much right now,” Yost said. “They just keep plugging away.” Detroit has lost six of eight as trade rumors swirl around several key players. “That can’t matter unless you actually get traded,” Justin Upton said. “We all know how this game works, so it is pretty unprofessional if that’s hindering anyone’s performance.” Eric Hosmer matched a career high with five hits, including his first grand slam. He had six RBI and scored four runs. “We had a lot of guys who started out rough this year, including me, but now we’re in a good place,” he said. Hosmer entered with 117 homers but had not hit one with the bases loaded until he connected off Warwick Saupold in a nine-run seventh inning. “I think the last grand slam I hit might have been in high school,” he said. “I’m glad to finally get one up here.” Bruce Rondon was ejected with one out in the ninth after hitting Mike Moustakas on the back with a pitch, which caused both benches to empty. Rondon declined to speak to the media after the game. “I think he was trying to hit me,” said Moustakas, who took a couple of steps toward the mound before stopping. “I don’t really understand what happened, but I got hit. I’ve been hit before. It’s not a big deal.” Utilityman Andrew Romine entered in his third big league pitching appearance and faced five batters, allowing a walk, RBI single, sacrifice fly, hit batter and fly out. “You never want to do that, because you are risking a guy’s career,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. “Unfortunately, Romie has had to do that before, so he knows not to try to do too much.” Ian Kennedy (4-6) improved to 3-0 in his last six starts, allowing one run and three hits in six innings. Anibal Sanchez (2-1) had his worst start since returning in mid-June from a month-long demotion to the minor leagues. He allowed four runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings. “They just did a great job of hitting,” he said. “Every time they made contact, it wholesale jerseys found a hole, and I wasn’t able to stop them.” Hosmer reached on an infield single in the second, stole second and scored when Alcides Escobar singled on a 66 mph changeup. Kansas City made it 4-0 in the third on run-scoring singles by Jorge Bonifacio, Hosmer and Brandon Moss. Jose Iglesias doubled in Detroit’s first run in the fifth, and Moustakas’ RBI single off Chad Bell sparked the big inning. Hosmer homered on a changeup, a drive over the out-of-town scoreboard, for a 13-1 lead. TRAINER’S ROOM Royals: C Salvador Perez did not play, a day after leaving a game with right-side tightness in his ribs. “Could he have started tonight? Yeah,” Yost said. “In fact, he fought me about it, but with a day off tomorrow, we can give him two full days of rest.” Tigers: LHP Daniel Norris (left groin) had a second MRI on an injury that has sidelined him since the All-Star break. The test showed no further damage. He received a cortisone shot and will rest for several days. ULTIMATE UTILITYMAN Romine has played every position except catcher this season. Ausmus said this week he might let Romine catch an inning on the last day of the season if the Tigers have been eliminated. With a ninth-inning single, Romine became the second player in Comerica Park history to get a hit and pitch in the same game. Shane Halter had four hits on Oct. 1, 2000, a game in which he played all nine positions. UP NEXT Royals: LHP Jason Vargas (12-4, 3.08 ERA) is scheduled to start Friday’s series opener at Boston, which opens with LHP David Price (5-3, 3.82). Tigers: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (6-8, 5.81) is slated to start at home Friday against Houston.
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DETROIT — The Kansas City Royals are playing with confidence right now in the late innings.Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas hit consecutive homers in the 12th, and the Royals won their sixth straight game, 5-3 over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night. Six of Kansas City’s last eight victories have come in the team’s final at-bat, and on this night, the bullpen held off Detroit long enough for the Royals to break through. ADVERTISEMENT “You knew if we could just keep getting good relief pitching to give us an opportunity, that we’d find a way,” Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. Hours after the Royals helped their pitching staff by acquiring Trevor Cahill and two relievers in a trade with San Diego, Kansas City outlasted the Tigers to stay 1 1/2 games behind first-place Cleveland in the AL Central. Jorge Bonifacio also homered for the Royals, who won despite squandering a 3-0 lead in the sixth. Jakob Junis (3-2), one of seven relievers used by Kansas City, pitched a hitless 11th for the win. Kelvin Herrera finished for his 20th save in 23 chances. Drew VerHagen (0-1) took the loss, allowing the homers to Perez and Moustakas in his third inning of work. Perez put the Royals up 4-3 with his 20th homer of the year, a line drive that stayed inside the foul pole in left field, to lead off the 12th. Moustakas followed with a drive to right for his 29th home run of 2017. “VerHagen could have thrown 100 pitches if we needed him, and we were so short in the bullpen that we didn’t have many other options,” Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said. “I thought he did a very good job, except for hanging two breaking balls. You can’t do that to hitters like Perez and Moustakas.” Amid ongoing speculation he could be traded soon, Justin Verlander allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings for Detroit. He struck out nine and walked two. Kansas City starter Jason Hammel allowed three runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings. Kansas City scored first when Bonifacio came home on a wild pitch in the fourth. Moustakas added a sacrifice fly later that inning to make it 2-0. Bonifacio led off the sixth with his 14th home run, but Detroit scored three runs in the bottom of the inning. cheap jerseys Miguel Cabrera hit an RBI single, and Alex Avila lined a two-out, two-run single to left-center off reliever Scott Alexander. It was Avila’s third hit all season off a left-hander. LAST HURRAH? Verlander made his 373rd start for the Tigers, moving into a tie with Hal Newhouser for fifth on the franchise’s career list. The right-hander’s uncertain future meant this may have been his final appearance in Detroit. “These last two starts have been the first time I’ve pitched in front of this many scouts since college,” he said. He received a standing ovation from fans behind the dugout when he came off the field after the top of the seventh. “It was very nice, and I felt it, I heard it, and these fans have been nothing but stellar to me my entire career. And hopefully they can say the same about me,” Verlander said. “I guess there might be a fleeting moment where you say, `This might be the last time.’ But it’s very fleeting. It’s, `I appreciate it, but we’ve got to score a run here. We’ve got to win a game.” ADDITONS The Royals announced their trade with San Diego about 40 minutes before the first pitch. They received Cahill and relievers Brandon Maurer and Ryan Buchter. “They’re going to be welcome with open arms,” Hammel said. “We’re trying to do something special here, and I know that the front office is trying to help out this team.”