Javier Baez, Eduardo Rodriguez fuel Tigers past Royals

Javier Baez belted a two-run homer and Eduardo Rodriguez tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 10-3 victory over the visiting Kansas City Royals on Thursday afternoon.Detroit (63-92), which has won six in a row overall, completed a three-game sweep and won 10 of 19 games in the season series versus Kansas City (63-93).Rodriguez (5-5) allowed five hits and struck out three while collecting his second straight victory.Baez had two hits and two runs, while Tucker Barnhart supplied three hits, a run scored and two RBIs. Willi Castro blasted his eighth homer before departing early due to a hamstring injury as the Tigers won for the eighth time in nine games.Ryan O’Hearn had a two-run double for Kansas City. Starter Jonathan Heasley (4-9) gave up five runs (four earned) in 4 2/3 innings.Castro put the Tigers in front during the bottom of the second when he clubbed a Heasley changeup over the right-center field wall.The Royals left three runners stranded in the first two innings and two more in the third when Edward Olivares flied out with Salvador Perez and Vinnie Pasquantino at the corners.Detroit added to its lead in the fifth inning.Barnhart reached on a walk and moved up on a wild pitch. First baseman Pasquantino booted Akil Baddoo’s grounder, allowing Barnhart to score. Greene then ripped a double to right center and Baddoo scored all the way from first.

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