Martinez blast three HRs in Tigers' victory
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[June 17, 2016]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Victor
Martinez hit three home runs and Miguel Cabrera had a two-run
go-ahead shot in the seventh inning as the Detroit Tigers belted a
season-high six homers to top the Kansas City Royals 10-4 on
It could be a costly victory for the Tigers, who lost right
fielder J.D. Martinez with a fractured right elbow in the second
It was Victor Martinez's second career three-homer game. His first
was July, 16, 2004 at Seattle while with Cleveland. Martinez's first
two homers were off left-hander Danny Duffy and in the ninth went
deep off Chien-Ming Wang.
Justin Verlander (8-6) worked seven innings to pick up the victory
and is 5-2 in his last seven starts. He allowed four runs on eight
hits, while striking out seven, walking one and hitting two batters.
The loss snapped the Royals' five-game winning streak and their
nine-game home streak.
Cabrera homered with Julio Iglesias aboard off Luke Hochevar (1-1)
with two out in the seventh. Cabrera has 13 home runs and 61 RBIs in
76 games at Kauffman Stadium. Iglesias' single before Cabrera's
blast into the right-field bullpen extended his hitting streak to a
season-high 14 games
James McCann led off the three-run seventh with a home run off
Hochevar to knot the score at 4.
The Tigers tacked on three runs in the eighth off Peter Moylan. Ian
Kinsler and Justin Upton stroked run-producing singles, while McCann
contributed a sacrifice fly.
The Royals took advantage of a makeshift Tigers' outfield to score
two runs in the first off Verlander. Whit Merrifield led off the
inning with a ground ball single to left. Alcides Escobar hit a
catchable fly ball to deep center, but Justin Upton, who was making
a rare start in center with Cameron Maybin out with a leg injury,
appeared to lose it in the sun. It plopped to the ground for a
double with Merrifield stopping at third.
Merrifield scored on an Eric Hosmer ground out. Merrifield has
scored a run in 10 consecutive home games. Lorenzo Cain flared a
double to shallow right, bringing home Escobar.
The Tigers promptly got a run back on Danny Duffy's first pitch in
the second inning, which Victor Martinez drilled into the left-field
seats. Martinez was making his first start since Sunday because of a
balky right knee.
Paulo Orlando led off the bottom of the second with a triple and
J.D. Martinez was injured on the play. Martinez braced himself with
his right hand as he ran into the wall at the right-field foul pole.
The realigned Tigers outfield had Mike Aviles moving from left to
right, Upton moving to center and Andrew Romine coming in to play
Brett Eibner, who was reinstated from the disabled list earlier in
the day and a late clubhouse arrival after flying in from Oklahoma
City, punched a RBI single in his first at-bat back, scoring
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Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez (41) celebrates with third
baseman Andrew Romine (17) after hitting a home run against the
Kansas City Royals in the ninth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Detroit
won the game 10-4. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
Duffy could not hold the 3-1 lead in the fourth, giving up another
leadoff home run to Victor Martinez and a solo shot to Nick
Eibner put the Royals in front in the fifth, which he led off with
his first big league home run. That gave Eibner eight hits in his
first 15 at-bats in the majors.
Duffy, who was making his seventh start, was removed after five
innings, allowing three runs on four hits, three of them homers,
while throwing 88 pitches. He was replaced by Joakim Soria.
NOTES: DH Victor Martinez, who had not started since Sunday and
received a cortisone shot in his right knee, returned to the Tigers
lineup. ... Tigers CF Cameron Maybin is receiving treatment for a
tender left quadriceps, which he hurt Monday in Chicago and was not
in the lineup for the second time in three games. Justin Upton
shifted from left, making his sixth start in center. ... Royals OF
Brett Eibner, who sprained his ankle May 31, was reinstated from the
disabled list and started in left. The Royals optioned OF Reymond
Fuentes to Triple-A Omaha. ... LF Mike Aviles, who had back-to-back
two-hit games against the White Sox, was in the Detroit lineup for
the fifth straight game. ... Royals LF Alex Gordon took another
round of on-the-field batting practice and could be leaving this
weekend on a minor league rehab assignment. He went on the disabled
May 23 with a broken right wrist. ... Royals Hall of Fame manager
Dick Howser died on this date 29 years ago from a brain tumor after
guiding the team to their first World Series championship in 1985.
... Tigers rookie RHP Michael Fulmer and Royals RHP Yordano Ventura
are the pitching probables Friday. Fulmer is 5-0 with a 0.26 ERA in
his past five starts.
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