It’s been a while since the Tigers hit six home runs in a game. Ten years, in fact. But when their starting right fielder and slugger left the game with what turned out to be a fractured elbow, the Tigers showed there’s plenty of power to be found in this lineup and beat the Royals, 10-4, at Kauffman Stadium.
J.D. Martinez was placed on the disabled list following the game, with Steve Moya recalled from Triple-A Toledo.
Victor Martinez played the major role in the victory. He hit a second inning solo home to cut the Royals’ lead to 2-1, another in the fourth to cut it to one run again, and his third home run of the night in the ninth to make the final score. He became the first Tiger to homer from both sides of the plate since September 2009.
Nick Castellanos, James McCann and Miguel Cabrera added four-baggers of their own, and Detroit’s six home runs at Kauffman tied a stadium record with six other teams.
Meanwhile Justin Verlander didn’t have his best day on the mound. He gave up four runs on eight hits and a walk, and hit a pair of batters.
Shane Greene and Alex Wilson pitched in the eighth and ninth to finish out the game.
Victor Martinez — 3 DINGERS! His knee either felt fine or bothered him so much he only wanted to jog around the bases.
James McCann — Not only did he homer, but he also made a great throw in the second to catch Lorenzo Cain attempting to steal second.
Royals’ bullpen -- Seven runs came off of relievers. Thanks!
Injuries -- Losing J.D. Martinez 4-6 weeks hurts. There was a brief scare with Nick Castellanos, too, when he rolled his wrist while attempting to make a play at third.
STREAKS AND STATS
- Jose Iglesias’ hit streak is up to 14 games. Iglesias is batting .375/.464/.521 since June 1 (Thanks, Catherine!)
- Six home runs. The last time the Tigers had that many in a game was June 18, 2006 (Thanks, Hookslide!). They did it twice that year.
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