DETROIT – Ryan Raburn drove in three runs and scored twice to help the Detroit Tigers continue a strong homestand with a 12-3 rout of the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.
Four of Detroit's runs came immediately after the three intentional walks ordered by Royals manager Ned Yost in the fifth and sixth innings.
With the Tigers leading 3-2 in the fifth and a runner on third, Yost intentionally walked Miguel Cabrera, only to see Raburn hit a RBI double. Jhonny Peralta was then put on, loading the bases, but Brandon Inge followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 5-2.
Johnny Damon's RBI single made it a four-run game in the next inning, and Yost immediately walked Cabrera again, loading the bases. This time, Raburn hit a two-run single to set off a seven-run inning that gave Detroit a 12-2 advantage.
Gregor Blanco provided the game's final run with a ninth-inning sacrifice fly.
Jeremy Bonderman (7-9) got the win, ending a three-start losing streak by allowing two runs on eight hits in six innings.
Bruce Chen (8-7) lasted just 4 1-3 innings for Kansas City, allowing five runs on five hits and five walks.
Kansas City took advantage of Bonderman's customary first-inning struggles to go ahead on Billy Butler's RBI single, but a running catch by centerfielder Austin Jackson helped limit the damage to one run.
Detroit then took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the inning on Cabrera's RBI single and a bases-loaded walk of Peralta.
The Tigers expanded the lead to 3-1 on Peralta's RBI double in the fourth, but Kansas City got a run back in the fifth when Blanco doubled and scored on a pair of groundouts.
NOTES: Damon confirmed before the game that he had been claimed on waivers by the Boston Red Sox. Because of his no-trade clause, Damon has until Wednesday to decide if he wants to accept a return to Boston — a decision he called one of the hardest of his career. ... Inge picked up the 999th hit of his career with a two-run double in the sixth inning. ... Before the game, the Tigers designated the contract of reliever Enrique Gonzalez and recalled outfielder Casper Wells from Triple-A Toledo. Wells started in right field and went 0-for-2. ... Jai Miller picked up his first major-league hit in the ninth inning, over two years after his first big-league game. He played one game for the Marlins in 2008, and didn't get back to the majors until last week.