Tigers erupt for 26 hits, crush RoyalsSep 7, 2013 - 5:57 AM Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Omar Infante, Andy Dirks, Austin Jackson and the Detroit Tigers combined for 26 hits, with the offensive clinic beginning against James Shields and ending in a 16-2 rout of the Kansas City Royals.
Two days after getting embarrassed by Boston, 20-4, the Tigers took out their frustrations on the playoff-hopeful Royals. Infante was a perfect 5-for-5 with six RBI, Dirks also had five hits and scored four times and Jackson knocked in four with a pair a two-run scoring hits.
Of the Tigers' 26 hits, only six went for extra bases and the team accomplished the impressive scoring total without hitting a single home run.
"It was just one of those freak games, they don't happen very often," said Detroit manager Jim Leyland. "Either way, I don't think this will happen tomorrow."
Shields (10-9) took the brunt of the outburst, charged with 10 of the runs and 14 of the hits over 3 2/3 innings of work.
"He had had enough," said Royals manager Ned Yost. "He was at 90 pitches and with the way that our (bullpen) has been here the last two games I really didn't have any options. I was trying to go as far as I could with him."
Kansas City, which had won nine of 12 coming in, remained 4 1/2 games back of the final wild card berth in the American League after Tampa Bay fell to Seattle.
Winning his sixth straight decision with rather ease, Anibal Sanchez (13-7) scattered seven hits and one run over seven innings.
The unraveling for Shields began in the second inning, as the Tigers quickly erased their 1-0 deficit by stringing together four straight hits -- three of which produced runs. Infante singled with runners at the corners and Detroit had a 4-1 lead after back-to-back doubles from Ramon Santiago and Jackson. Miguel Cabrera then added a two-out RBI single for a four-run cushion.
The Tigers tacked on another five runs in the fourth, four of them coming with two out. Prince Fielder made it 6-1 with an RBI single and Shields was done after a run-scoring hit by Infante. Luis Mendoza took over and didn't fair much better, walking Santiago with the bases loaded and then allowing a two- run single to Jackson that enabled the Tigers to take a 10-1 lead.
Infante stroked a three-run double in the fifth to further increase the advantage, and it was 15-1 after Dirks and Infante laced RBI singles in the seventh.
Back-to-back doubles from Dirks and Alex Avila in the ninth accounted for the Tigers final run total.
The Royals only scored in the first and ninth innings, with Billy Butler opening up an early advantage with an RBI single. Jarrod Dyson produced a hardly meaningful sacrifice fly that brought in David Lough in the their last turn at the plate.
Shields has given up 14 hits in a game twice, the last time occurring on June 28, 2012 with the Tampa Bay Rays. He was last charged with 10 runs back on July 12, 2011 ... Detroit was an incredible 13-for-26 with runners in scoring position.
- DETROIT: 16
KANSAS CITY: 2
Sep 6 11:30 PM
- Jarrod Dyson sacrifice fly to left scored David Lough with one out. None on and Pedro Ciriaco due up.
Tigers 16, Royals 2 Bot 9, 1 OutSep 6 11:26 PM
- Alex Avila double to right scored Andy Dirks with one out. Runner on second and Hernan Perez due up.
Tigers 16, Royals 1 Top 9, 1 OutSep 6 11:17 PM
- Omar Infante single to left scored Victor Martinez with two out. Runner on first and Ramon Santiago due up.
Tigers 15, Royals 1 Top 7, 2 OutsSep 6 10:44 PM
- Andy Dirks single to center scored Prince Fielder with none out. On the play, Victor Martinez advances to second. Runners on first and second and Alex Avila due up.
Tigers 14, Royals 1 Top 7, 0 OutsSep 6 10:40 PM
- Omar Infante double to left scored Victor Martinez, Andy Dirks and Alex Avila with two out. Runner on second and Ramon Santiago due up.
Tigers 13, Royals 1 Top 5, 2 OutsSep 6 10:12 PM
- Austin Jackson single to left scored Andy Dirks and Omar Infante with two out. On the play, Ramon Santiago advances to second. Runners on first and second and Torii Hunter due up.
Tigers 10, Royals 1 Top 4, 2 OutsSep 6 9:50 PM
- Ramon Santiago walked Prince Fielder scored on the play with two out. Bases loaded and Austin Jackson due up.
Tigers 8, Royals 1 Top 4, 2 OutsSep 6 9:48 PM
- Omar Infante single to left scored Miguel Cabrera with two out. On the play, Andy Dirks advances to second and Prince Fielder advances to third. Bases loaded and Ramon Santiago due up.
Tigers 7, Royals 1 Top 4, 2 OutsSep 6 9:44 PM
- Prince Fielder single to right scored Torii Hunter with none out. On the play, Miguel Cabrera advances to second. Runners on first and second and Victor Martinez due up.
Tigers 6, Royals 1 Top 4, 0 OutsSep 6 9:35 PM
- Miguel Cabrera single to left scored Austin Jackson with two out. Runner on first with and Prince Fielder due up.
Tigers 5, Royals 1 Top 2, 2 OutsSep 6 8:48 PM
- Austin Jackson double to right scored Omar Infante and Ramon Santiago with one out. Runner on second and Torii Hunter due up.
Tigers 4, Royals 1 Top 2, 1 OutSep 6 8:43 PM
- Ramon Santiago double to right scored Alex Avila with one out. On the play, Omar Infante advances to third. Runners on second and third and Austin Jackson due up.
Tigers 2, Royals 1 Top 2, 1 OutSep 6 8:41 PM
- Omar Infante single to left scored Andy Dirks with one out. On the play, Alex Avila advances to second. Runners on first and second and Ramon Santiago due up.
Tigers 1, Royals 1 Top 2, 1 OutSep 6 8:39 PM
- Billy Butler single to center scored Eric Hosmer with two out. Runner on first and Mike Moustakas due up.
Tigers 0, Royals 1 Bot 1, 2 OutsSep 6 8:23 PM
- DETROIT: 0
KANSAS CITY: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Sep 6 8:10 PM
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