Kansas City sets sea­son high for hits, runs in rout

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bran­don Moss drove in four runs, Mike Mous­takas had three RBIs and the Kansas City Roy­als routed the er­ror-prone Detroit Tigers 16-4 on Thurs­day night.

Eric Hos­mer and Whit Mer­ri­field home­red for the Roy­als, who moved within 1½ games of first­place Cleve­land in the AL Cen­tral. The 16 runs and 19 hits were sea­son highs for Kansas City.

Detroit com­mit­ted three er­rors in the Roy­als' four-run first in­ning, when only one run was earned. It was the most er­rors the Tigers have made in an in­ning since May 1, 2010.

Michael Ful­mer, the 2016 AL Rookie of the Year, threw 37 pitches in the first. The heat in­dex was 107 when the game started.

Ful­mer (10-7), who had won his pre­vi­ous four starts, was re­moved af­ter fac­ing 18 bat­ters. He re­tired only eight, and eight scored. It was the short­est out­ing of his ca­reer.

Hos­mer hit his 14th homer in the four-run third, a prodi­gious 444-foot shot. Mer­ri­field home­red in a four-run sixth off Chad Bell.

Moss, who had three hits and two RBIs in Wed­nes­day's vic­tory, drilled a two-out, two-run dou­ble to right-cen­ter in the third. Alex Gor­don dou­bled home Moss to chase Ful­mer.

Danny Duffy (6-6) was staked to an 8-0 lead, but strug­gled to make it into the sixth in­ning. Ian Kinsler had a two-run dou­ble for Detroit in a three-run fifth.

Duffy faced three bat­ters in the sixth and gave up three hits and a run, on Miguel Cabr­era's sin­gle. With Vic­tor Martinez com­ing to the plate and two run­ners on in an 8-4 game, Mike Mi­nor re­placed Duffy and re­tired all three bat­ters he faced.

The Roy­als ex­panded their lead with four runs in the bot­tom of the in­ning. Hos­mer and Sal­vador Perez each hit an RBI sin­gle, and Mous­takas had a sac­ri­fice fly.

The Roy­als sent 10 bat­ters to the plate in a four-run eighth, high­lighted by Moss' two-run sin­gle.

Duffy gave up nine hits, walked none and struck out four.

BLUE JAYS 8, RED SOX 6 Justin Smoak hit a pair of homers and Steve Pearce drove in two runs when Bos­ton sec­ond base­man Brock

Holt lost his popup in the sun, giv­ing Toronto a four-game split. In­clud­ing the 15-in­ning game on Tues­day with the Blue Jays, the AL East-lead­ing Red Sox played 76 in­nings in about 144 hours — the equiv­a­lent of 81/2 games in six days. Do­minic Leone (2-0) earned the win. Starter Francisco Liri­ano got just five outs be­fore but Toronto came back with four in the third to take a 5-3 lead against Doug Fis­ter (0-4).

ORI­OLES 9, RANGERS 7 Jonathan Schoop and Adam Jones both home­red and drove in three runs, and the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles ral­lied to beat Cole Hamels and the Texas Rangers to com­plete a four-game sweep. Mark Trumbo and Chris Davis also went deep for the Ori­oles, who trailed 5-1 in the fifth in­ning be­fore com­ing back to hand Hamels (4-1) his first loss in 10 starts this sea­son. Bal­ti­more hit 10 home runs in the se­ries and outscored Texas 34-11.

NA­TIONAL LEAGUE

METS 3, CAR­DI­NALS 2 Car­di­nals pitcher Trevor Rosen­thal was late cov­er­ing first base on a two-out grounder by Jose Reyes that turned into a game-win­ning sin­gle in the ninth in­ning for the New York Mets. A lead­off walk and T.J. Rivera’s sin­gle put run­ners on the corners with two outs. Reyes then hit a grounder up the first base line, and Matt Car­pen­ter fielded it cleanly well be­hind the bag. Rosen­thal (2-4) was slow to leave the mound, and the speedy Reyes eas­ily beat him to the base with a head­first dive.

AP/OR­LIN WAG­NER

Kansas City’s Whit Mer­ri­field watches a solo home run off Detroit re­liever Chad Bell on Thurs­day at Kauffman Sta­dium in Kansas City, Mo.

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