The sputtering Detroit Tigers erupted for six runs in the bottom of the ninth against Kansas City on Monday. Problem was, the Tigers trailed by nine when the rally began.
The Royals picked up their eighth straight win by outscoring the first-place Tigers 11-8 in Detroit. Kansas City rocked Justin Verlander for seven runs and 12 hits in six innings, including Omar Infante's (ihn-FAHN'-tayz) three-run homer in the sixth.
Infante had four RBIs, Billy Butler drove in three runs and Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain each had three of the Royals' 17 hits. That was more than enough support for Jason Vargas, who is 7-2 after allowing two runs and seven hits in seven innings.
J.D. Martinez hit a grand slam while the Tigers were scoring six runs in the ninth.
Detroit is an American League-worst 9-18 since May 18, allowing the Royals to pull within a half-game of the Central Division leaders.