KANSAS CITY— Right-hander Yordano Ventura tossed six scoreless innings and Lorenzo Cain nearly hit for the cycle, coming up just a triple short, as the Royals rolled by the Tigers, 6-1, on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Cain had a double, two singles and a home run. Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas each had two-run homers. Ventura tied a career high with six walks but he also tied a season high with eight strikeouts while allowing just two hits.
“I thought he was sharper tonight,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said of Ventura. “I know he had some walks but I thought his breaking ball was a lot better. The other day, we didn’t see that same breaking ball.”
Added Royals manager Ned Yost, “[Ventura] stayed calm and continued to make pitches all night. He wasn’t crazy-wild. He was just missing.
“He was aggressively into the game tonight. You could tell by his body language. He was the old Ventura of last year -- he had all the confidence that, ‘Hey, you can get a couple guys on but that’s as far as it’s going to go.’”
Anibal Sanchez lasted 5 1/3 innings for the Tigers and gave up seven hits and five runs. Rajai Davis drove in the lone Detroit run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh.