Kansas City Royals turn tables and rout Detroit Tigers by same 13-2 score Detroit posted previous night

Tigers relief pitcher Warwick Saupold throws against the Kansas City Royals in the seventh inning Wednesday in Detroit. (AP photo)

By DAVE HOGG

Associated Press

DETROIT — The Kansas City Royals turned the 11-run loss around on the Detroit Tigers.

On Wednesday, Salvador Perez homered twice as they broke open a close game to rout the Tigers 13-2. It was their seventh win in their last eight games against Detroit, including three victories by 10 runs or more. On Tuesday night, the Tigers beat the Royals by the same 13-2 score.

The Royals broke a 2-2 tie with four runs in the seventh, then scored seven in the eighth.

Perez drove in three runs, while Whit Merrifield had three doubles and three RBIs. Alcides Escobar had four hits, falling a homer short of the cycle.

Jason Hammell (8-10) got the win, giving up two runs, nine hits and two walks in six innings.

Tigers starter Matthew Boyd (5-9) pitched six-plus innings, allowing four runs, seven hits and two walks while striking out four.

Tigers rookie Joe Jimenez gave up five runs in the eighth inning while only recording one out.