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Cabrera, Joyce lead Tigers' 19-4 rout of Royals

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After a slow start, Miguel Cabrera is hitting like the Detroit Tigers thought he would when they acquired him an off-season trade.

Cabrera matched his career high with five hits and six RBI and Matt Joyce added four hits and five RBI as the Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 19-4 on Monday night.

It was the third time this season that the Tigers scored 19 runs. The Boston Red Sox were the last team to accomplish that feat, scoring 19 or more four times in 1950 according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Detroit beat Texas 19-6 on April 23 and Minnesota 19-3 on May 24.

"Cabrera had a huge night as did a bunch of other guys," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "When his concentration is locked in, he's going to hit big time. When he's locked in, he's pretty impressive."

Cabrera has 31 RBI in his past 35 games to up his season total to 67, putting him among the American League leaders.

"When you score runs and drive in runs, you win games," Cabrera said.

Joyce hit a three-run homer in the third and had two singles in the Tigers' 10-run eighth inning, which also included a Gary Sheffield three-run homer. Cabrera singled and doubled and drove in two runs in the eighth when the Tigers sent 15 men to the plate off Kansas City relievers Jimmy Gobble and Leo Nunez.

Joyce is hitting .375 with five home runs, seven doubles, two triples and 14 RBI in 18 games since being recalled June 29 from the minors.

"I was actually really surprised it went out," Joyce said of his home run. "The only night I had better was when I had six hits in rookie ball. I was unconscious. You don't like to kick a team when they're down, but at the same time you can't give away at-bats."

Royals reserve infielder Tony Pena Jr. pitched a perfect ninth, including striking out Ivan Rodriguez. He was the first Royals position player to pitch in a game since Shane Halter on July 19, 1998 at Seattle.

"It was fun," Pena said. "Before I signed, I pitched and played short. Trey (Hillman) asked me if I wanted to pitch and I said sure."

Zach Miner (4-3), who was making his first start since May 17, 2007 and after 32 relief appearances, held the Royals to three singles over six scoreless innings to pick up the victory. Miner said he would like to lead the league in run support.

"The guys were giving me a hard time, but I'd rather get them (runs) than not get them," Miner said.

Joyce's triple in the seventh scored Carlos Guillen, who scored a career high five runs.

"It was a nasty loss," Hillman said. "Tony did a nice job finishing up for us."

Luke Hochevar (6-8) gave up seven runs on eight hits, while striking out five and walking one in five innings. He has lost three of his past four starts.

Gobble, the third of five Kansas City pitchers, was charged with all 10 runs in the eighth. Gobble retired only three of the 14 batters he faced, allowing seven hits and walking four, including two with the bases loaded. Gobble's ERA soared to 11.31.

"You do feel bad when you see somebody struggle like that," Leyland said. "You don't like to see these either way to be honest with you. I've been on both sides of them. That's not really fun for anybody. You don't like to see it happen, but it happens now and then. It's one of those unfortunate things that happen to all of us."

Said Gobble, "As hard as it is, you've got to put it behind you."

The Royals scored four runs in the eighth off reliever Freddy Dolsi. Mike Aviles had two hits, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Billy Butler had a two-run single in the eighth.

It was the Tigers' first victory over the Royals in seven games this season.

Notes

  • The Tigers' nine hits in the eighth is a season high.
  • Sheffield's three RBI brings his career total to 1,599, passing Royals Hall of Famer George Brett, who had 1,596, and tying him with Nip Lajoie for 29th on the all-time list.
  • The 19 runs was the most the Tigers have ever on the Royals.
 
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Miguel Cabrera goes 5-for-6 with six RBI as the Tigers 'improve' to 1-6 vs. the Royals this season. (AP)
Miguel Cabrera goes 5-for-6 with six RBI as the Tigers 'improve' to 1-6 vs. the Royals this season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

M. Cabrera
AB 6
R 2
H 5
HR 0
RBI 6
Detroit

M. Joyce
AB 6
R 3
H 4
HR 1
RBI 5
 
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF5430111 .297
Placido Polanco, 2B5010013 .307
    Ramon Santiago, PR-2B0200100 .358
Carlos Guillen, 3B4532200 .290
Miguel Cabrera, 1B6256011 .290
Matt Joyce, RF6345011 .294
Gary Sheffield, DH5113114 .224
Marcus Thames, LF3000021 .266
    Ryan Raburn, LF2000100 .240
Ivan Rodriguez, C4011210 .289
Edgar Renteria, SS5200115 .252
Totals4519181799  
Batting
2B - Carlos Guillen (23, Gobble), Miguel Cabrera 2 (23, Hochevar, Nunez)
3B - Matt Joyce (2, Tejeda)
HR - Matt Joyce (10, Hochevar), Gary Sheffield (7, Gobble)
RBI - Carlos Guillen 2 (49), Miguel Cabrera 6 (67), Matt Joyce 5 (24), Gary Sheffield 3 (23), Ivan Rodriguez (32)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Guillen (20), Miguel Cabrera 3 (20), Matt Joyce 5 (9), Ivan Rodriguez (15)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Guillen-Polanco-Cabrera, Santiago-Renteria-Cabrera
Detroit Tigers
Zach Miner (W,4-3) 6300110 3.73
Freddy Dolsi 1444100 4.85
Aquilino Lopez 2200010 3.05
WP - Freddy Dolsi (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Miner 88-56, Freddy Dolsi 24-11, Aquilino Lopez 24-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Miner 7-9, Freddy Dolsi 1-2, Aquilino Lopez 1-3
Batters Faced - Zach Miner 21, Freddy Dolsi 8, Aquilino Lopez 7
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, LF3110100 .306
Mike Aviles, SS-2B^SS4120001 .323
Billy Butler, DH4012001 .256
    Esteban German, 2B0000000 .236
Jose Guillen, RF4000012 .268
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B2010000 .305
   a- Tony Pena, PH-SS^P2000000 .152
Alex Gordon, 3B3000101 .248
Ross Gload, 1B4000001 .265
John Buck, C4120000 .255
Joey Gathright, CF4121011 .256
Totals3449322  
a-flied out for Grudzielanek in the 7th
Batting
2B - Mike Aviles (15, Dolsi), John Buck (16, Dolsi)
RBI - Billy Butler 2 (28), Joey Gathright (17)
SB - Joey Gathright (21, 2nd base off Miner/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Jose Guillen (3, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
Luke Hochevar (L,6-8) 5877151 5.47
Robinson Tejeda 1.2122430 5.30
Jimmy Gobble 171010401 11.31
Leo Nunez 0.1200000 1.69
Tony Pena 1000010 0.00
WP - Jimmy Gobble (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Luke Hochevar 93-55, Robinson Tejeda 45-20, Jimmy Gobble 45-19, Leo Nunez 13-8, Tony Pena 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luke Hochevar 7-3, Robinson Tejeda 1-1, Jimmy Gobble 1-2, Leo Nunez 1-0, Tony Pena 1-1
Batters Faced - Luke Hochevar 24, Robinson Tejeda 10, Jimmy Gobble 14, Leo Nunez 3, Tony Pena 3
Game Information
Attendance - 14137
Game Time - 3:24
Temperature - 97
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman