Tigers rough up Royals in 12-3 rout

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Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News

Detroit — The top of the Tigers’ batting order is getting on base. The hitters in the middle are driving them in. Everyone is contributing.

Throw in some decent pitching, and it has made these last few days quite enjoyable at Comerica Park.

Certainly none better than Monday, as the Tigers defeated the Kansas City Royals, 12-3.

The Tigers had 12 hits, but none for home runs. They drew 10 walks off a wild Royals pitching staff, capitalizing on the generosity time and again.

It all leads to a four-game Tigers win streak.

“We’re definitely getting our confidence back,” Austin Jackson said. “That was the big thing. We just needed to get things going our way and it’s been going our way lately and we’re happy.

“Definitely we’re out there having fun. We’re playing hard and the key is having fun doing it.”

The Tigers scored seven runs in the sixth inning, and twice in the first and fifth innings to highlight the splurge.

Ryan Raburn, Johnny Peralta, and Brandon Inge each drove in three runs. Raburn also had three hits.

Five Tigers scored two runs and four had at least two hits.

“Those things are contagious,” manager Jim Leyland said of several hitters enjoying hot streaks. “I really believe in that. When you’re on a bit of a roll, everything is throwing something in there, and that’s important.

“That’s what makes for a good night.”

In that seven-run explosion in the sixth, the Tigers used seven hits (only one for extra bases) and worked the Royals for three walks.

“Normally in that mix you’d see a two- or three-run home run in there,” Leyland said. “But it was good to see some good at-bats, and base hits, and nobody trying to do too much. Just taking what is there.

“It’s nice to see everyone with a good approach and not doing too much.”

The beneficiary of the offensive explosion was Jeremy Bonderman (7-9). Going six innings, Bonderman allowed eight hits and two runs but didn’t walk a batter while striking out three.

Bonderman, a free agent after the season, hopes the start will springboard to a strong finish to this season.

“I want to end the season with confidence and see what is out there,” said Bonderman, who has been inconsistent this season. “If I can throw the ball well, I should have an opportunity to have a few offers at the end of the year.

“I definitely need to pitch well, finish up well and get an opportunity to see what is out there available next year.”

Bonderman hopes that opportunity will be with the Tigers.

“Definitely I’d love to come back,” Bonderman said. “I love it here, love these guys, the coaching staff, the front office has been really good to me. Mr. (Mike) Ilitch is a class-act owner. It’s just a matter of finishing up strong and doing my part.”

Aug. 24, 2010