Roy­als rout Tigers, claim eighth vic­tory in a row

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -

ROY­ALS 16, TIGERS 2

DE­TROIT — Eric Hos­mer matched his ca­reer high with five hits, in­clud­ing his first ma­jor league grand slam, and the Kansas City Roy­als ex­tended their win­ning streak to a sea­son-high eight games with a 16-2 rout of the De­troit Tigers on Wed­nes­day night.

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. Hos­mer had six RBIs and scored four runs.

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. 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 fly­out.

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 midJune from a month-long de­mo­tion to the mi­nor leagues. He al­lowed four runs and nine hits in 32/3 in­nings.

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-oftown score­board, for a 13-1 lead.

RED SOX 4, MARINERS 0 Chris Sale pitched seven in­nings of three-hit ball, 20-yearold Rafael Dev­ers be­came the youngest Bos­ton player to hit a home run since Tony Conigliaro in Septem­ber 1965 and the Red Sox beat the Seat­tle Mariners to stop a four-game los­ing streak. Sale (13-4) struck out 11, reach­ing dou­ble dig­its for the 14th time this sea­son.

NA­TIONAL LEAGUE

CAR­DI­NALS 10, ROCK­IES 5 Paul DeJong home­red and Ran­dal Grichuk had a ca­reer-high four hits as the St. Louis Car­di­nals beat the Colorado Rock­ies to com­plete a three-game sweep. St. Louis has won four of five while Colorado has lost four of six.

IN­TER­LEAGUE

YAN­KEES 9, REDS 5 Luis Sev­erino (7-4) struck out nine over seven in­nings, al­low­ing a pair of un­earned runs and three hits as New York com­pleted a two-game sweep. Didi Gre­go­rius hit his fourth homer in three games and Todd Fra­zier hit his first homer for the Yan­kees, who have won con­sec­u­tive se­ries af­ter go­ing 0-8-2 in se­ries af­ter sweep­ing Bal­ti­more from June 9-11. The Yan­kees have won eight of 12 fol­low­ing a 7-19 slide.

PHILLIES 9, ASTROS 0 Cameron Rupp hit two home runs and had four RBIs and Aaron Nola set a ca­reer high with 10 strike­outs over six in­nings to lead the Philadel­phia Phillies to a vic­tory over the Hous­ton Astros. Maikel Franco home­red and dou­bled and Tommy Joseph had two dou­bles for the Phillies, who had 14 hits while set­ting sea­son highs with five dou­bles and nine ex­tra-base hits.

Wed­nes­day’s games NA­TIONAL LEAGUE

Wash­ing­ton 8, Mil­wau­kee 5 St. Louis 10, Colorado 5 Ari­zona 10, At­lanta 3

San Fran­cisco 2, Pitts­burgh 1 New York Mets at San Diego, (n)

AMER­I­CAN LEAGUE

Toronto 3, Oak­land 2 Tampa Bay 5, Bal­ti­more 1 Kansas City 16, De­troit 2 Cleve­land 10, LA An­gels 4 Bos­ton 4, Seat­tle 0

IN­TER­LEAGUE

Chicago Cubs 8, Chicago White Sox 3 Philadel­phia 9, Hous­ton 0

NY Yan­kees 9, Cincin­nati 5 Mi­ami at Texas, (n) Min­nesota at LA Dodgers, (n)

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