Drew Smyly improved to 5-8, allowing four runs over 6 2/3 innings as the Tigers went on to defeat the Royals 16-4 on Thursday.
Smyly has been mediocre over his last three starts, but he was backed by an offensive outburst on Thursday. The lefty allowed eight hits -- including home runs to Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler -- while walking one and striking out two. Smyly goes into the All-Star break with a 4.00 ERA, a 1.37 WHIP, and a 70/28 K/BB ratio.
Jeremy Guthrie fell to 5-8 after allowing eight runs in four innings as the Royals were easily defeated by the Tigers on Thursday.
The Tigers' offense is firing on all cylinders, having scored 14 runs on Tuesday and 16 on Thursday. Guthrie was no match for it, allowing eight hits, walking three, and striking out only two in the effort. The right-hander heads into the All-Star break carrying a 4.56 ERA, a 1.35 WHIP, and a 75/32 K/BB ratio.
Eric Hosmer singled and hit a two-run home run in four at-bats as the Royals were crushed by the Tigers on Thursday.
If there was a positive to take away from a 16-4 loss for the Royals, it's that Hosmer appears to be coming to life. He is now on a 10-game hitting streak and has homered in back-to-back games. He went deep off of Drew Smyly in the seventh inning, helping chase the lefty from the contest. Hosmer's slash line is up to .263/.312/.375 with six home runs and 41 RBI.
J.D. Martinez finished 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and three runs batted in as the Tigers routed the Royals on Thursday.
Martinez has hit safely in all nine July games thus far. He drove in a run with a single in the fifth inning, another run with a double in the seventh, and hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth. The outfielder is having a break-out season, slashing .335/.373/.648 with 12 home runs and 41 RBI.
Miguel Cabrera doubled twice, walked twice, and drove in three runs as the Tigers skated to a victory against the Royals on Thursday.
Cabrera knocked in a run with a first-inning ground out, then knocked in a pair with a double in the fourth inning. The first baseman continues to hit, sporting a .315/.376/.550 slash line with 14 home runs and 73 RBI on the season.
Torii Hunter finished 3-for-6 with two RBI singles and a solo home run as the Tigers walked all over the Royals in a win on Thursday.
Hunter has turned his season around with a hot start to July. Thursday's three-hit performance marked his sixth multi-hit game in nine games this month. The outfielder now has 12 home runs, 52 RBI, and a .276/.298/.455 slash line.
Hector Santiago cruised to his first win of the season, allowing four runs (three earned) over six innings as the Angels routed the Rangers by a 15-6 score on Thursday.
The Angels were up 13-2 after three innings, so Santiago's first win of 2014 was in the bag. The lefty, now 1-7, allowed five hits, walked one, and struck out eight. He'll go into the All-Star break with a 4.50 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP, and a 62/25 K/BB ratio.
Colby Lewis was demolished by the Angels' lineup on Thursday, allowing 13 runs (11 earned) in 2 1/3 innings, resulting in a loss.
Lewis entered the start with a 5.51 ERA, which was ugly enough, but it took a serious beating on Thursday. The right-hander surrendered 13 hits and struck out only one, but at least he didn't issue a walk. Lewis, tattered, heads into the All-Star break with a 6.54 ERA, a 1.82 WHIP, and a 73/26 K/BB ratio.