KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez each drove in three runs as the Detroit Tigers came from behind to beat the Kansas City Royals 10-7 on Monday night.
The Tigers scored four runs in the eighth, highlighted by Cabrera’s two-run single. Cabrera, who reached base four times, walked with the bases loaded in a six-run Detroit fifth inning.
Joakim Soria (2-2), who is 0-for-3 in save situations, retired none of the five batters he faced in the eighth and four scored. He allowed three singles, walked two and allowed a run on a wild pitch.
Martinez hit a three-run homer in the fifth off Mike Minor to give the Tigers a 6-3 lead.
Whit Merrifield homered, tripled and doubled in his first three at-bats, but flied out to end the seventh. No Royal has hit for the cycle since Hall of Famer George Brett in 1990. Merrifield extended his hitting streak to a personal-best 14 games.
Alex Gordon walked with the bases loaded and Alcides Escobar had a sacrifice fly in the sixth as the Royals pulled within one run.
Eric Hosmer hit a two-run opposite-field shot in the seventh to put the Royals up 7-6, but Soria failed to hold it. Hosmer homered off Francisco Rodriguez (2-5), who was credited with the victory.
Justin Wilson pitched the ninth to log his fourth save in five opportunities.
The Royals jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but starter Jason Hammel failed to maintain it, giving up four runs on four hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings. The Royals have won only one of his 10 starts this season.
Tigers starter Daniel Norris was pulled after 96 pitches and five innings, yielding three runs on six hits, including Merrifield’s homer in the third inning.
Tigers: C James McCann, who went on the disabled list Friday with a lacerated left hand after being hit by a pitch, is unsure when the five stitches will come out. “We’ll just keep an eye on how it’s healing,” McCann said. “It’s done well so far. I’ve done everything I can to keep it dry and let air get to it and all the things you’re supposed to do.”
Royals: LHP Danny Duffy is expected to be out six to eight weeks with an oblique strain, which he hurt Sunday while covering first base.
The Royals recalled RHP Kevin McCarthy from Triple-A Omaha, where he was 1-1 with a 2.53 ERA in 16 relief appearances. RHP Miguel Almonte was optioned to Double-A Northwest Arkansas after giving up three runs on four hits and a walk in an inning Sunday at Cleveland.
Tigers: RHP Justin Verlander has a 22-9 record with a 3.23 ERA in 41 career starts against the Royals.
Royals: RHP Eric Skoglund will make his big league debut. He went 2-3 with a 4.53 ERA in eight Triple-A Omaha starts.