Hosmer’s 5 hits, slam help Royals top Tigers, win 8th in row

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Kansas City Royals’ Eric Hosmer watches his two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

DETROIT (AP) – Eric Hosmer matched his career high with five hits, including his first major league grand slam, and the Kansas City Royals extended their winning streak to a season-high eight games with a 16-2 rout of the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.

Hosmer entered with 117 homers but had not hit one with the bases loaded until he connected off Warwick Saupold in a nine-run seventh inning. Hosmer had six RBIs and scored four runs.

Bruce Rondon was ejected with one out in the ninth after hitting Mike Moustakas on the back with a pitch, which caused both benches to empty. Utilityman Andrew Romine entered in his third big league pitching appearance and faced five batters, allowing a walk, RBI single, sacrifice fly, hit batter and flyout.

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