Royals explode for season-high 15 runs in trouncing Tigers

Alex Gordon had three hits, including a homer, and drove in five runs as the visiting Kansas City Royals routed the Detroit Tigers 15-3 on Saturday.Whit Merrifield also homered as the Royals set season highs in runs and hits (19).Rookie Kelvin Gutierrez had his first career four-hit game, Jorge Soler had three hits and two RBIs, and Adalberto Mondesi had two hits, three RBIs and three runs scored as the Royals evened the series.Kansas City starter Homer Bailey (3-3) allowed two runs on seven hits over six effective innings. He struck out four and walked two while bouncing back from consecutive losses.Jeimer Candelario and Ronny Rodriguez homered for the Tigers.Tyson Ross (1-4), making his first start in 10 days after returning from paternity leave, didn’t make it through the second inning. He allowed five runs on seven hits in 1 1/3 innings while absorbing his third straight loss.Detroit pitchers issued 10 walks.The Royals jumped on Ross for four runs in the first.