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Eric Haase belts 2 homers as Tigers rout Royals

Sep 9, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Detroit Tigers designated hitter Jeimer Candelario (46) hits a three-run home run against the Kansas City Royals during the second inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Joey Wentz earned his first major league win and Eric Haase hit two home runs as the Detroit Tigers defeated the Royals 10-2 Friday night in Kansas City.

Haase had his fifth career multi-homer game.

Jeimer Candelario finished a triple short of the cycle for the Tigers (53-85).

Wentz, who grew up a Royals fan in a suburb of Kansas City, made his first appearance for the Tigers since May 31, after leaving after four-plus innings with left shoulder strain. He made a dozen appearances with Triple-A Toledo.

Wentz (1-1), a former first-round pick of the Braves in 2016, allowed no runs on two hits in 6 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out five.

Daniel Lynch (4-10) allowed six runs on 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings for the Royals (56-83). He struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.

Haase opened the scoring in the second inning with a 444-foot leadoff home run to left field. Spencer Torkelson and Kerry Carpenter followed with singles, and both runners scored when Candelario blasted a 445-foot home run off the wall of the Royals Hall of Fame in left field.

The Tigers came into the game with the fewest home runs (84) in the majors by a significant margin. The Cleveland Guardians have the next fewest with 102.

The Tigers added two additional runs in the fourth on a groundout by Willi Castro and a single by Javier Baez. Baez’s hit ended Lynch’s night.

Candelario hit an opposite-field double down the left-field line in the fifth. Nate Eaton fumbled the ball, allowing Jonathan Schoop to score an unearned run.

Haase hit his second home run of the game with two outs in the sixth, and he dropped an RBI double into right in the eighth. The Tigers added a run in the ninth.

Bobby Witt Jr. and Nate Eaton drove in late runs for the Royals.

–Field Level Media