Royals routed by Tigers in series opener

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost calls for a new pitcher during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost calls for a new pitcher during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Omar Infante set career highs with five hits and six RBIs, Andy Dirks also went 5 for 5 and the Detroit Tigers pounded the Kansas City Royals 16-2 on Friday night.

Austin Jackson drove in four runs as the Tigers finished with a season-high 26 hits. Dirks, who is hitting .410 against Kansas City this season, scored four times.

Infante had run-producing singles in the second, fourth and seventh innings and a three-run double in the fifth. It was more than enough support for Anibal Sanchez (13-7), who allowed one run in seven innings while lowering his AL-best ERA to 2.61.

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