DETROIT (AP) — Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas hit consecutive homers during a four-run fourth inning, and the Kansas City Royals went on to beat the Detroit Tigers 8-2 on Wednesday night.
Ian Kennedy (2-6) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings for the Royals, earning his second victory in three starts. He gave up solo homers to Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila, but only after Kansas City had jumped to a 5-0 lead.
Daniel Norris (4-6) permitted five runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. Six of those hits came in the fourth.
The Royals snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 16-8 in June.
Perez, whose deep fly ball the previous night was caught by Mikie Mahtook on a spectacular play in right-center, gave the Tigers no chance to run down his two-run homer to left-center on Wednesday. The ball cleared the Kansas City bullpen and hit the brick facing behind the seats. The drive was measured at 451 feet by Statcast.
Moustakas followed with his 20th home run of the season, giving the Royals a 4-0 lead. Alex Gordon, who had opened the scoring with an RBI single an inning earlier, added a run-scoring double in the fourth to make it 5-0.
Avila led off the bottom of the fourth with his 11th homer, and Cabrera hit his 10th two innings later.
Gordon hit a run-scoring groundout in the eighth. Perez added an RBI double in the ninth and scored on Jorge Soler’s single.
Royals: Kansas City put IF Cheslor Cuthbert on the 10-day DL with a left wrist sprain. The move was retroactive to Monday. The Royals recalled Soler from Triple-A Omaha.
Tigers: Detroit activated DH Victor Martinez, who had been on the DL because of an irregular heartbeat. Martinez came out of a June 15 game with a racing heartbeat, dizziness and cold sweats and eventually went to the hospital when the symptoms continued. “We don’t feel like this is going to be an issue going forward,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “Hopefully, it’s just a one-time event that never occurs again.”
Royals: RHP Jakob Junis (2-1) starts the finale of this three-game series Thursday against Detroit. A victory would give Kansas City its sixth consecutive series win.
Tigers: RHP Michael Fulmer (6-6) starts for Detroit.