Mi­nus Martinez, Tigers still pound Kansas City

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ni­cholas Castel­lanos home­red twice and drove in five runs, Detroit scored five times in the sec­ond in­ning and the Tigers cruised from there to a 9-3 vic­tory over the Kansas City Roy­als on Tues­day night.

Af­ter trad­ing slug­ger J.D. Martinez to Ari­zona for a pack­age of prospects be­fore the game, the Tigers proved they didn’t need him in the lineup — at least for one night — to win their fourth straight game.

Castel­lanos also tripled to fin­ish a dou­ble shy of the cy­cle. Vic­tor Martinez drove in a pair of runs, and the Tigers, who be­gan sell­ing ahead of the July 31 trade dead­line, still man­aged to give fill-in starter Matt Boyd (3-5) plenty of sup­port in his re­turn from the mi­nors.

Boyd al­lowed three runs and seven hits over six in­nings, strik­ing out three and walk­ing one. It was his first big league win since April 16, a skid that in­cluded four losses and four no-de­ci­sions.

He out­per­formed Travis Wood (1-3), who al­lowed six runs and nine hits in 41/ in­nings. 3

Most of the dam­age against Wood came in the sec­ond, when the Tigers strung to­gether four straight hits to start the in­ning. Vic­tor Martinez’s two-run dou­ble started the scor­ing, and by the time Castel­lanos added a two-run triple, the Tigers had turned a 3-0 deficit into a 5-3 ad­van­tage.

Castel­lanos added his 13th homer of the sea­son with one out in the fifth in­ning.

Boyd had trou­ble of his own in the first, when he coughed up three runs on four sin­gles and a hit batter. But the left-han­der set­tled down to re­tire Kansas City in or­der in the sec­ond, then dodged what lit­tle trou­ble he faced be­fore turn­ing the game over to his bullpen.

It was the sev­enth loss in eight games for the Roy­als, go­ing back to a three-game skid en­ter­ing the Al­lS­tar break, and a par­tic­u­larly dis­heart­en­ing one given their three-run first in­ning.

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