KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Rookie Rick Porcello won his fifth straight start, Placido Polanco homered and drove in three runs and the Detroit Tigers beat the slumping Kansas City Royals 8-3 on Wednesday.
The Tigers took 2 of 3 from the Royals, losing only to Zack Greinke, and increased their lead over KC in the AL Central to four games. The Royals, after a promising April and early May, have lost 13 of 18.
Porcello (6-3) allowed two runs and four hits in six innings. The 25-year-old right-hander lost 3 of his first four major league starts. But he's won his last five with an ERA of 1.50. In 30 innings against Minnesota, Cleveland, Oakland, Colorado and Kansas City, he's allowed five runs and struck out 20.