By Dave Hart

Royals 8, Tigers 4 – The Kansas City Royals scored four first inning runs and never looked back in Saturday night’s win over the Tigers.

LSJ Logo incertThe Royals were paced by Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez and Christian Colon with two hits apiece.

The Tigers were led in a losing effort by Ian Kinsler with a double, home run and two RBIs while Tyler Collins and Cameron Maybin chipped in with an RBI each.

Detroit’s starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey was rocked, allowing five runs on four hits while walking four batters in 1 2/3 innings.

The Tigers now 47-44 on the season, good for second place in the American League Central Division behind the first-place Cleveland Indians.Eye on the D

Detroit will look to win the series against the Royals with a win on Sunday afternoon.

Record: 47-44

Tied for 2nd Place in AL Central Division (7 games behind first-place Cleveland)

3 games behind Toronto for last Wild Card spot

Magic # to clinch a playoff spot: 74

Magic # to clinch an AL Central Division title: 80

Next Game: 07/17/2016 vs Kansas City Royals 1:10 p.m. @ Comerica Park

Hitting stats: Ian Kinsler 2B (18) HR (18) 2 RBI (55), Cameron Maybin RBI (25), Tyler Collins (3).

Pitching stats: Mike Pelfrey L (2-9) 1.2 IP 4 H 5 R 5 ER 4 BB 0 K.