KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jason Kendall had three hits and three RBIs to help Bruce Chen and the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Friday night.
Scott Podsednik went 2 for 3 and scored three times for the Royals, who finished with 13 hits. David DeJesus drove in two runs.
Chen (2-0) gave up two runs and four hits in five-plus innings to earn his first win as a starter since Aug. 6. Chen, subbing for injured right-hander Gil Meche, made his second start after 10 relief appearances.
Chen walked Magglio Ordonez and gave up a single to Miguel Cabrera before being replaced by Kyle Farnsworth. Brennan Boesch, who leads all rookies with 25 RBIs, hit Farnsworth's first pitch over the wall in right to cut Kansas City's lead to 4-3.
The Royals responded with three runs in the bottom half. Podsednik singled in Alberto Callaspo with two out and Kendall followed with a base hit to right, scoring Yuniesky Betancourt and Podsednik.
Max Scherzer (2-5), who struck out over 5 2-3 innings in his previous start, gave up five runs and nine hits in five-plus innings. He struck out three and walked two.
The Royals scored three times in the second inning. Kendall and DeJesus each singled in a run, and Betancourt had a sacrifice fly.
DeJesus added a sacrifice fly in the fifth to make it 4-0.
NOTES: Tigers 2B Carlos Guillen has a sore big left toe after fouling a pitch off his foot Thursday and was held out of the starting lineup. Royals LHP John Parrish (shoulder inflammation) threw batting practice. He likely will start a minor league rehab assignment early next week. Royals 2B Mike Aviles, who was dropped from second to seventh in the batting order, snapped an 0-for-12 skid with a second-inning single.