Royals 13, Tigers 6

Chris Getz reached base three times. Melky Cabrera pushed his

hitting streak to eight games. Alex Gordon belted a long three-run

homer, and Billy Butler added three hits and a pair of RBIs.

Pretty nice production from the top of the order.

The Kansas City Royals finally generated some offense Saturday

night, and their bullpen carried the load after Luke Hochevar was

chased in the fourth inning of a 13-6 victory over the Detroit

Tigers.

”The top four guys in our lineup today produced a lot of

offense,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. ”We had eight or nine

hits, a bunch of RBIs – the majority of the RBIs. Billy swung the

bat really, really well tonight, as did Melky, and Gordo with the

big three-run homer was key.”

Alcides Escobar also drove in three runs and scored three times

for the Royals, who built a seven-run lead against Charlie Furbush

(1-3) before Hochevar gave much of it away.

The right-hander was battered for six runs before he was yanked

with two out in the fourth. Greg Holland (3-1) wiggled out of

trouble to earn the victory, and Everett Teaford tossed three

shutout innings in his return from the minors to finish off a game

that lasted 3 hours, 24 minutes.

”I’m really glad I was able to finish it out just so tomorrow

we’re that much more fresh out there,” Teaford said, ”and then

heading into the All-Star break we’ll be real good to go.”

Brennan Boesch had three hits and drove in a pair of runs for

Detroit, which could have moved ahead of Cleveland and into first

place in the AL Central with a victory.

The Tigers were done in by a pair of errors that led to eight

unearned runs.

”When you have a bad game like we did tonight, that’s what

happens. You don’t get out of it,” Detroit manager Jim Leyland

said. ”You don’t expect the pitcher to get out of it all the time.

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Especially when your pitcher is struggling anyway.

The 25-year-old Furbush, making his second career start, gave up

nine runs in 2 2-3 innings – though just four of them were earned.

He was optioned to Triple-A Toledo after the game.

”Rough one,” Furbush said. ”This was a rough one.”

Hochevar said pretty much the same thing.

He mowed through the Tigers on seven pitches in the first

inning, but wound up allowing nine hits in his shortest start of

the season. The dismal performance came one start after he gave up

five runs in just 4 1-3 innings at Colorado.

”We swung the bats extremely well tonight, played great defense

and then the bullpen came in and pitched well,” Hochevar said,

”but for my part I need to find a way to get back to helping the

team.”

Eric Hosmer’s run-scoring fielder’s choice gave Kansas City a

first-inning lead, and Escobar added another run in the second on

another fielder’s choice. The Royals then put runners on second and

third before Furbush hit Gordon to load the bases for Butler, who

came through with a two-run single through the left side after

squandering a couple of key chances the previous night.

The Tigers trimmed Kansas City’s lead to 4-2 in the third on

two-out singles by Boesch and Miguel Cabrera, but Getz limited the

damage by leaping up to snare Victor Martinez’s liner to

second.

The Royals piled on with two outs in the third after Ramon

Santiago’s error on an easy grounder to shortstop allowed the

inning to continue. Getz and Cabrera each hit an RBI single, and

Gordon hit the first pitch he saw over the wall in center.

”That’s what the top of the lineup is there for,” Butler said.

”You don’t get it every night.”

Detroit started to rally by loading the bases with none out in

the fourth, and Don Kelly scored when Escobar made an error with

two outs. Santiago and Boesch each drove in a run, and Cabrera and

Martinez reached on walks to force in another one.

But the Royals’ bullpen took over from there, and their offense

tacked on four more runs.

”Bullpen has been great all year long and that’s been the

strength of our club,” Yost said. ”We can get past the fifth

inning with the lead, we feel real good about what we have down

there.”

NOTES: Royals 3B Mike Moustakas, hitless in his last 21 at-bats,

got the night off. Yost plans to start him against All-Star pitcher

Justin Verlander on Sunday. … All-Star closer Jose Valverde was

unavailable for Detroit after pitching three straight days. He

saved the first two wins of the series.