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Royals Are Blown Out Again, Lose 9-1 To Tigers

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Will Rhymes and Brennan Boesch each finished with two hits and a pair of runs batted in to back seven shutout innings by Rick Porcello, as the Detroit Tigers routed the Kansas City Royals, 9-1, in the second of a three-game set at Comerica Park.

Ryan Raburn went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and scored twice for the Tigers, who pounded out 16 hits and have won five straight.

Porcello (6-11), a loser of seven of his previous eight decisions entering the contest, allowed only two hits and one walk, while fanning four.

Kila Ka'aihue hit two-out homer in the ninth inning for Kansas City, which has dropped two in a row after winning five of the previous seven games.

Kyle Davies (6-8) was roughed up for 12 hits and seven runs over 4 2/3 innings. The veteran right-hander struck out five and walked three in falling to 2-7 in 10 lifetime starts against Detroit.

Detroit plated a run in the first inning. Austin Jackson led off with a single, stole second, went to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Miguel Cabrera's deep sacrifice fly to right.

The Tigers tacked on two more in the fourth. Brandon Inge started things with a single to left -- his 1,000th career hit -- and came home on Boesch's ground-rule double down the right-field line. Alex Avila followed with an RBI two-bagger to left.

Porcello retired the first 12 batters before Billy Butler broke the string with a clean single to left leading off the fifth. Raburn's homer to start the bottom portion gave the hosts a four-run cushion.

Later in the inning, with runners on first and second, Jackson lined an RBI double to right and Rhymes followed with a two-run double to make it 7-0. Kanekoa Texeira replaced Davies and set down Johnny Damon on a groundout.

Detroit put two more up in the sixth on Inge's sac fly and an RBI fielder's choice ground ball by Boesch.

After Porcello pitched a perfect seventh, Daniel Schlereth came on and threw a scoreless eighth. Then in the ninth, Ryan Perry surrendered a two-out homer to Ka'aihue, but got Butler to ground out to shortstop to end the game.

Damon said prior to the game he has decided to stay with the Tigers instead of accepting a trade to his former club, the Boston Red Sox. The 36-year-old was claimed off waivers by Boston on Monday, but invoked his no-trade clause to remain with the Tigers. He went 1-for-3 with a walk...Detroit has won six of the 11 matchups with Kansas City this season.