KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Curtis Granderson’s double keyed a four-run eighth inning Tuesday night and lifted Detroit past Kansas City 8-5, the Royals’ 11th straight loss.
Mark Grudzielanek had two of the four home runs from the normally light-hitting Royals, who took a 5-3 lead into the eighth. Ambiorix Burgos struck out the first two batters in the inning but walked Craig Monroe, bringing in reliever Elmer Dessens.
Omar Infante and Brandon Inge both singled, making it 5-4. Granderson then delivered the two-run double into center which Aaron Guiel almost got with a shoestring catch.
Placido Polanco followed with an RBI single, taking starter Kenny Rogers, who gave up all four homers, off the hook and giving the Tigers their 11th victory in 12 games.
Dessens (2-4) got just one out and gave up four hits and three runs.
It’s the second 11-game losing streak for the Royals, who dropped to a major league-worst 10-33 and triggered a rain of boos from the modest crowd when they blew the lead in the eighth.
Reggie Sanders and Emil Brown also homered for Kansas City in the meeting between the team with the worst record and fewest home runs in the majors and the team with the best record and fewest homers allowed.
Joel Zumaya (2-0) went 1 2-3 hitless innings and was the winner in relief of Rogers, who went 6 1-3 innings and gave up 10 hits and five runs. Todd Jones pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 15 opportunities.
Grudzielanek hit his first home run of the year in the first inning. In the third, Grudzielanek singled and Sanders and Brown followed with back-to-back homers for a 4-0 lead.
Grudzielanek, who was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs, hit a solo shot in the seventh that chased Rogers.
Carlos Guillen hit a two-run, 423-foot shot off Runelvys Hernandez in the sixth inning. In the seventh, Granderson made it 4-3 with an RBI double off Burgos.