February 13, 2016

Detroit sends message in first game of this key four game matchup by blowing out the Royals 16-4. Game keyed by eight-run fifth inning



The Detroit Tigers extended their lead to 5 1/2 games over the Royals by winning their third straight victory and fourth in a row in Kansas City in convincing style with a 16-4 final.  The Tigers pounded out 19 hits as starter Jeremy Guthrie took the brunt of outburst by allowing a career-worst eight earned runs on eight hits, three walks and two hit batters.  He falls to 5-8 on the season.

Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez joined Hunter in driving in three runs apiece, while Ian Kinsler, Nick Castellanos and Eugenio Suarez each drove in two.  Billy Butler homered in the fourth for KC. Eric Hosmer hit a two-run shot in the seventh.

Alex Gordon will have to be sit and watch the All-Star game next Tuesday at Target Field in Minneapolis next week. The Royals announced Thursday that Gordon will miss the game after receiving an injection for his sprained right wrist. Angels shortstop Erick Aybar was added to the American League roster as his replacement.