KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Placido Polanco went 2-for-5 with a homer and three RBI, as the Detroit Tigers took two of three at Kauffman Stadium following an 8-3 decision Wednesday afternoon over the Kansas City Royals.
Rick Porcello (6-3) extended his personal win streak to five games, holding Kansas City to two runs on four hits in a six-inning start for the Tigers, who had lost three of four following a seven-game win streak.
Josh Anderson recorded four hits, a run scored and an RBI, while Miguel Cabrera registered his 10th homer of the campaign.
Kyle Davies (2-4) was touched for eight runs — five earned — on 10 hits and a pair of walks for the Royals, who have lost three straight series. Mark Teahen homered during a 3-for-4 effort but committed a costly error in the setback.
The Tigers blew the game open with three runs apiece in the fifth and sixth frames. After Anderson drove home Ryan Raburn with a single to center, Polanco went deep to left with his first homer of the year, giving Detroit a 5-2 lead in the fifth.
Teahen’s error helped Curtis Granderson score in the sixth, while Adam Everett and Polanco added run-scoring hits later in the frame for a six-run lead.
Luis Hernandez knocked in a run for KC in the seventh, but the Royals left a runner on third in the inning and failed to pose a threat the rest of the way.
Billy Butler singled in a run in the bottom of the first only to have Cabrera tie things up with a leadoff homer in the second.
The Tigers went up 2-1 later in the second when Raburn drove in Granderson, who singled, moved up on a sacrifice bunt before stealing third.
Teahen’s opposite field blast that hugged the left-field foul pole tied the game, 2-2, in the bottom of the fourth inning.