Kansas City humbles Detroit Tigers, 9-2
By DAVE SKRETTA
AP Sports Writer
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Adalberto Mondesi was identified as the Kansas City Royals’ top prospect several years ago based primarily on his blazing speed, advanced defense and raw athleticism.
The youngster is starting to flash some power, too.
Mondesi homered for the second straight game, this time a two-run shot as part of a four-RBI performance, and the Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 9-2 on Wednesday to sweep a two-game set.
“He’s starting to come into his own a little bit,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “He’s like a thoroughbred. He’s a quick-twitch, extremely explosive guy.”
Danny Duffy (8-11) allowed both of his hits and his only run in the first inning, when Mikie Mahtook drove in Jose Iglesias with a two-out single. The left-hander labored through the frame but breezed the rest of the way, striking out six while working around a trio of walks.
Brett Phillips had a pair of RBIs as the Royals, who have struggled to score much of the season, pounded Tigers starter Michael Fulmer (3-10) in his second outing off the disabled list.
Fulmer, who tossed 4 2/3 shutout innings against the White Sox last week, allowed seven runs on eight hits before he was chased with two outs in the fourth. Fulmer is winless in his last seven starts, losing five of them, since beating the Twins on June 14.
Mondesi began Kansas City’s onslaught with his homer in the second, his second in as many days.