Royals hit 3 homers as offense powers 10-6 win over Tigers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Ned Yost was happy to see Jorge Soler's pitch recognition sharpen, slugging first baseman Lucas Duda produce some timely hits and Alex Gordon's long-awaited breakout continue for at least another day.

For once, the Royals manager had plenty of reasons to praise his offense.

Duda finished with three hits and drove in four, and Soler and Gordon went deep along with catcher Salvador Perez as Kansas City outscored the Detroit Tigers 10-6 on Thursday to open their four-game series.

Everyone in the starting lineup had at least one hit except for Cheslor Cuthbert, and he came within a couple feet of a home run in the seventh inning. Kansas City finished with 13 hits in all.

''Every point in the game there were big homers,'' Yost said after a rare scoring outburst. ''We knew it was only a matter of time before we got on track.''

Chad Bell (0-1) allowed five runs in 1 2/3 innings in relief of Mike Fiers to take the loss, though nobody on the mound was very effective. Bell was optioned out after the game.

''I put my team behind early and I just kept giving up runs throughout the game,'' Fiers said. ''There's got to be a time where I start making better pitches when we need it.''

Eric Skoglund likewise struggled for Kansas City, but Kyle McCarthy (3-0) wiggled out of a key sixth-inning jam before pitching a clean seventh to earn the victory.

''Just wasn't able to stay ahead and they had some quality at-bats,'' Skoglund said. ''I can't be any prouder of these guys. They absolutely competed and put up runs for me.''

Nick Castellanos homered and had three hits for Detroit, while slugging designated hitter Miguel Cabrera left with a strained hamstring in the sixth inning. He briefly walked through the clubhouse after the game and said he was ''fine,'' adding that he planned to test it on Friday.

''We'll have more details as we go along, see how it feels,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''Miggy was fine with his arm. He ripped the ball. He just started running to first after he hit the one and felt his hammy and strained it, just got him off the field.''

The Tigers and Royals spent most of the afternoon trading stiff jabs.

Kansas City scored two in the first on singles by Duda and Jon Jay, then Detroit scored two in the third on Jeimer Candelario's double. The Royals answered with two in the bottom half on Perez's shot to left field, and both teams scored a run in the fourth inning.

Detroit finally knocked Skoglund from the game in the fifth, when Castellanos went deep and Jose Iglesias drove in a run off reliever Scott Barlow to tie it 5-5.

Fiers was gone after five runs and six hits and a walk in four innings, while Skoglund left after allowing five runs and eight hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings.

Soler pushed the Royals back on top with his soaring homer to left later in the fifth, and they kept pulling away from there. Duda added a bases-loaded, two-out single in the sixth to continue giving Kansas City's bullpen plenty of support on ''School Day at the K.''

''You look up and see all the kids out here, you want to do whatever you can and win ballgames for them,'' Yost said. ''It got to the point where we could tack on.''

MIGGY LEAVES IN 6TH

Cabrera was trying to advance to second base in the sixth inning when he pulled up and grabbed his right hamstring. The two-time MVP had returned to the lineup Thursday after missing three games with biceps spasms. INF Niko Goodrum replaced him in the lineup. ''A hamstring strain is nothing to sneeze about,'' Gardenhire said, ''so we'll have to wait and see. We'll make a decision and let you know.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: DH Victor Martinez got the day off to rest a swollen ankle. ... LHP Daniel Norris (left groin injury) had a muscular decompression procedure Thursday. He's expected to miss up to 12 weeks.

Royals: 3B Mike Moustakas was in the lineup for the second straight day. He was hit in the forearm by a pitch earlier this week in Boston and missed some time with a nasty bruise.

UP NEXT

RHP Ian Kennedy hopes to get some rare run support from the Royals when he takes the mound Friday night against Detroit. LHP Francisco Liriano will be on the hill for the Tigers.

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DET13-17
0021210006150
KC9-22
20212300X10130
  • W: K. McCarthy (3-0)L: C. Bell (0-1)
  • HR: DET - N. Castellanos (3), KC - A. Gordon (2), S. Perez (2), J. Soler (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Martin CF42300110.284.345.477.8225.5
J. Candelario 3B50120026.283.358.508.8673.0
M. Cabrera DH40100011.323.407.516.9240.5
N. Goodrum PR-DH10000002.200.286.340.6260.0
N. Castellanos RF51321013.309.361.472.8328.5
J. Jones LF50000013.263.318.438.756-0.5
J. Hicks 1B42200111.250.325.500.8255.5
J. McCann C40110132.258.306.404.7111.5
J. Iglesias SS50210012.219.252.305.5572.5
D. Machado 2B41200003.212.265.327.5924.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B50100013.250.324.371.6950.5
    J. Soler RF43111111.312.435.538.9728.5
    M. Moustakas 3B32110100.298.333.565.8986.0
    S. Perez C42221102.304.340.500.84011.0
    L. Duda 1B40340010.235.304.333.6376.5
    J. Jay LF40110003.265.344.301.6452.0
    C. Cuthbert DH40000013.211.294.333.627-0.5
    A. Gordon CF42311000.303.352.439.7929.0
    A. Escobar SS41100001.218.279.336.6152.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Candelario (9), J. Hicks (3), D. Machado (9)
      • HR - N. Castellanos (3)
      • RBI - J. Candelario 2 (14), N. Castellanos 2 (20), J. McCann (13), J. Iglesias (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Iglesias (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Moustakas (7), S. Perez (3)
      • HR - J. Soler (4), S. Perez (2), A. Gordon (2)
      • SF - M. Moustakas
      • RBI - J. Soler (10), M. Moustakas (20), S. Perez 2 (6), L. Duda 4 (15), J. Jay (7), A. Gordon (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - L. Duda 3 (6), J. Jay (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Fiers4.06551125.001.330.5
      C. Bell (L, 0-1)1.25551218.592.18-12.0
      W. Saupold1.12001002.791.450.0
      J. Barbato1.00000109.001.333.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Fiers4.0
      C. Bell (L, 0-1)1.2
      W. Saupold1.1
      J. Barbato1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Skoglund4.28553616.841.41-1.0
      S. Barlow0.24110004.912.45-5.0
      K. McCarthy (W, 3-0)1.20000102.251.0810.5
      T. Hill0.22000104.221.31-1.5
      B. Boyer (H, 2)0.100001013.062.420.5
      K. Herrera1.01000200.790.713.0
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Skoglund4.2
      S. Barlow0.2
      K. McCarthy (W, 3-0)1.2
      T. Hill0.2
      B. Boyer (H, 2)0.1
      K. Herrera1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 66-46, C. Bell 38-26, W. Saupold 28-16, J. Barbato 11-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 2-9, C. Bell 1-2, W. Saupold 2-2
      • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 19, C. Bell 11, W. Saupold 7, J. Barbato 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Skoglund 93-55, S. Barlow 23-15, K. McCarthy 12-8, T. Hill 18-13, B. Boyer 3-3, K. Herrera 12-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Skoglund 6-2, K. McCarthy 1-2, T. Hill 1-0
      • Batters Faced - E. Skoglund 25, S. Barlow 6, K. McCarthy 4, T. Hill 4, B. Boyer, K. Herrera 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      DET13-17
      0021210006150
      KC9-22
      20212300X10130
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      L. Martin CF42300110.284.345.477.8225.5
      J. Candelario 3B50120026.283.358.508.8673.0
      M. Cabrera DH40100011.323.407.516.9240.5
      N. Goodrum PR-DH10000002.200.286.340.6260.0
      N. Castellanos RF51321013.309.361.472.8328.5
      J. Jones LF50000013.263.318.438.756-0.5
      J. Hicks 1B42200111.250.325.500.8255.5
      J. McCann C40110132.258.306.404.7111.5
      J. Iglesias SS50210012.219.252.305.5572.5
      D. Machado 2B41200003.212.265.327.5924.0
      Total416156131123-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield 2B50100013.250.324.371.6950.5
        J. Soler RF43111111.312.435.538.9728.5
        M. Moustakas 3B32110100.298.333.565.8986.0
        S. Perez C42221102.304.340.500.84011.0
        L. Duda 1B40340010.235.304.333.6376.5
        J. Jay LF40110003.265.344.301.6452.0
        C. Cuthbert DH40000013.211.294.333.627-0.5
        A. Gordon CF42311000.303.352.439.7929.0
        A. Escobar SS41100001.218.279.336.6152.0
        Total3610131033413-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Candelario (9), J. Hicks (3), D. Machado (9)
          • HR - N. Castellanos (3)
          • RBI - J. Candelario 2 (14), N. Castellanos 2 (20), J. McCann (13), J. Iglesias (8)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Iglesias (3)
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Moustakas (7), S. Perez (3)
          • HR - J. Soler (4), S. Perez (2), A. Gordon (2)
          • SF - M. Moustakas
          • RBI - J. Soler (10), M. Moustakas (20), S. Perez 2 (6), L. Duda 4 (15), J. Jay (7), A. Gordon (5)
          • 2-Out RBI - L. Duda 3 (6), J. Jay (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Fiers4.06551125.001.330.5
          C. Bell (L, 0-1)1.25551218.592.18-12.0
          W. Saupold1.12001002.791.450.0
          J. Barbato1.00000109.001.333.5
          Total8.0131010343---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Fiers4.0
          C. Bell (L, 0-1)1.2
          W. Saupold1.1
          J. Barbato1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          E. Skoglund4.28553616.841.41-1.0
          S. Barlow0.24110004.912.45-5.0
          K. McCarthy (W, 3-0)1.20000102.251.0810.5
          T. Hill0.22000104.221.31-1.5
          B. Boyer (H, 2)0.100001013.062.420.5
          K. Herrera1.01000200.790.713.0
          Total9.015663111---
          PITCHERSIP
          E. Skoglund4.2
          S. Barlow0.2
          K. McCarthy (W, 3-0)1.2
          T. Hill0.2
          B. Boyer (H, 2)0.1
          K. Herrera1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 66-46, C. Bell 38-26, W. Saupold 28-16, J. Barbato 11-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 2-9, C. Bell 1-2, W. Saupold 2-2
          • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 19, C. Bell 11, W. Saupold 7, J. Barbato 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - E. Skoglund 93-55, S. Barlow 23-15, K. McCarthy 12-8, T. Hill 18-13, B. Boyer 3-3, K. Herrera 12-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Skoglund 6-2, K. McCarthy 1-2, T. Hill 1-0
          • Batters Faced - E. Skoglund 25, S. Barlow 6, K. McCarthy 4, T. Hill 4, B. Boyer, K. Herrera 4
          • 6TH INNING
            Duda singled to center, Escobar and Soler scored, Perez to second610
            Moustakas hit sacrifice fly to center, Gordon scored68
            Castellanos singled to shallow center, Martin scored, Cabrera to second67
          • 5TH INNING
            Duda singled to left, Perez scored, Duda to second57
            Soler homered to left center56
            Iglesias singled to right, Hicks scored, McCann to third55
            Castellanos homered to left45
          • 4TH INNING
            Gordon homered to right center35
            McCann singled to center, Hicks scored34
          • 3RD INNING
            Perez homered to left, Moustakas scored24
            Candelario doubled to deep left, Machado and Martin scored22
          • 1ST INNING
            Jay singled to right, Moustakas scored, Duda to third02
            Duda singled to center, Soler scored, Moustakas to second01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Kelvin Herrera relieved Blaine Boyer
            • J. Jones: Jones flied out to right
            • J. Hicks: Ball, Strike swinging, Hicks singled to right
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Iglesias struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Tim Hill relieved Kevin McCarthy
            • D. Machado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Machado singled to left center
            • L. Martin: Ball, Foul, Martin singled to left, Machado to second
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
            • N. Goodrum: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Goodrum reached on fielder's choice to second, Machado to third, Martin out at second
            • Blaine Boyer relieved Tim Hill
            • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Castellanos struck out looking
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Johnny Barbato relieved Warwick Saupold
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Moustakas popped out to second
            • S. Perez: Perez popped out to second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • K. McCarthy Pitching:
            • J. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Hicks lined out to left
            • J. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, McCann struck out looking
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Iglesias grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • W. Saupold Pitching:
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cuthbert flied out to left
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Gordon singled to center
            • A. Escobar: Pickoff attempt, Escobar popped out to shortstop
            • W. Merrifield: Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Merrifield grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • S. Barlow Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Ball, Strike swinging, Martin singled to center
            • J. Candelario: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Candelario flied out to center
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Cabrera reached on an infield single to shortstop, Martin to second
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Castellanos singled to shallow center, Martin scored, Cabrera to second
            • Niko Goodrum ran for Miguel Cabrera
            • Kevin McCarthy relieved Scott Barlow
            • J. Jones: Ball, Foul, Jones lined into double play shortstop to second, Goodrum out at second
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Bell Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Gordon singled to center
            • A. Escobar: Foul, Escobar reached on an infield single to shortstop, Gordon to second
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soler walked, Gordon to third, Escobar to second
            • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Moustakas hit sacrifice fly to center, Gordon scored
            • Warwick Saupold relieved Chad Bell
            • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Perez walked, Escobar to third, Soler to second
            • L. Duda: Duda singled to center, Escobar and Soler scored, Perez to second
            • J. Jay: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Jay grounded out to first
            • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • E. Skoglund Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Castellanos homered to left
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Jones grounded out to third
            • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked
            • J. McCann: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, McCann walked, Hicks to second
            • Scott Barlow relieved Eric Skoglund
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Iglesias singled to right, Hicks scored, McCann to third
            • D. Machado: Ball, Strike looking, Machado lined out to first
            • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Chad Bell relieved Mike Fiers
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Soler homered to left center
            • M. Moustakas: Foul, Moustakas lined out to right
            • S. Perez: Perez doubled to deep left
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Duda singled to left, Perez scored, Duda to second
            • J. Jay: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Jay grounded out to second, Duda to third
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cuthbert struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • E. Skoglund Pitching:
            • J. Jones: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Jones struck out on foul tip
            • J. Hicks: Hicks doubled to left center
            • J. McCann: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, McCann singled to center, Hicks scored
            • J. Iglesias: Iglesias reached on fielder's choice to second, McCann out at second
            • D. Machado: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Machado doubled to right, Iglesias to third
            • L. Martin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martin walked
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Cuthbert flied out to shallow right
            • A. Gordon: Gordon homered to right center
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Escobar lined out to center
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Merrifield flied out to shallow right
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • E. Skoglund Pitching:
            • J. Iglesias: Iglesias singled to left
            • D. Machado: Machado reached on fielder's choice to catcher, Iglesias out at second
            • L. Martin: Martin reached on bunt single to shortstop, Machado to second
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Candelario doubled to deep left, Machado and Martin scored
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera lined out to shortstop
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Castellanos grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Soler popped out to second
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Moustakas doubled to deep center
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Perez homered to left, Moustakas scored
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Duda struck out looking
            • J. Jay: Jay grounded out to second
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • E. Skoglund Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Castellanos singled to center
            • J. Jones: Ball, Jones grounded out to first, Castellanos to second
            • J. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Hicks struck out looking
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon flied out to center
            • A. Escobar: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Escobar lined out to left
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield flied out to deep center
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • E. Skoglund Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Candelario lined out to shortstop
            • M. Cabrera: Foul, Foul, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Merrifield singled to left
            • J. Soler: Ball, Soler reached on fielder's choice to third, Merrifield out at second
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moustakas walked, Soler to second
            • S. Perez: Ball, Perez popped out to second
            • L. Duda: Ball, Strike swinging, Duda singled to center, Soler scored, Moustakas to second
            • J. Jay: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Jay singled to right, Moustakas scored, Duda to third
            • C. Cuthbert: Foul, Ball, Cuthbert fouled out to catcher
            • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)