The Royals beat Detroit 26-5 in the first game of Thursday’s twinbill, setting a team record for runs in a game and in a doubleheader. The offensive explosion marked the most runs scored in a major league game since Texas beat Baltimore 26-7 on April 19, 1996.
The Royals put 13 consecutive batters on base during an 11-run third inning.
However, as great as they looked in the first game, they Royals were equally inept in the nightcap, falling 8-0 to the Tigers, their 10th shutout loss of the season.
“It’s crazy,” Kansas City’s Calvin Pickering said. “We hit the ball good in the first game, and we hit the ball good in the second game. We just couldn’t put anything together in the second one.”
Joe Randa went 6-for-7 in the first game, becoming the first AL player with six hits and six runs in a nine-inning game. Randa, who had five singles and a double, also tied the major league record for runs.
“You go through stretches like this, where everything you hit finds a hole,” he said. “I know I got lucky out there.”
“He’s tired,” manager Tony Pena, laughing. “He was running the bases so much. He scored six runs. Do you want me to kill him?”
The Devil Rays were swept by the New York Yankees in their doubleheader on Thursday, falling 9-1 and 10-5.
“Our pitching’s got to get better,” manager Lou Piniella said. “We’re out of ballgames before they start.”