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Bats, Rick Porcello Pace Tigers To 5th Straight Win

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.

"I think we had a good combination of fastballs and sliders to keep them off- balance," Porcello said. "For the most part I was able to throw both those for strikes. I had one little hiccup in the sixth there, I kind of lost it for a couple of batters, but for most of the game we were pretty consistent."

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.

"You have to tip your hat to them. They swung the bats well and were really aggressive," Davies said of the Tigers.

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.

The Royals put two men on base with one out in the sixth, but Jason Kendall grounded into a double play.

Detroit put two more up in the bottom half 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.

"We had a nice combination of pitching, defense and good timely hitting," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "We had a lot of contributions from a lot of guys and that usually spells good things."

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.