George Brett hit two home runs and Darryl Motley, Steve Balboni and Jim Sundberg hit one each -- the first given up by Tigers pitchers this season -- as the Kansas City Royals won, 9-2, last night in Detroit.
Coming into the game, the Royals had three homers. Their five tied a club record set on two other occasions. It was the second successive defeat for the Tigers.
Bret Saberhagen, 3-1 against the Tigers last year, is 1-1, both decisions against Detroit. He pitched 6 1/3 innings -- the shortest stint by a Kansas City starter this year -- and didn't allow a walk, striking out two. Dan Quisenberry finished the game.
With two out in the first inning, Brett hit an 0-and-1 pitch off Dan Petry (2-1) into the second deck in right field. Successive singles by Jorge Orta, Motley, Balboni and Frank White made it 3-0.
With two out in the second, Petry walked Pat Sheridan, and Brett hit the next pitch into almost the same spot his first homer.
Juan Berenguer made his first apperance of the season to start the third inning and Motley hit his first pitch into the right field seats.
With Berenguer still on the mound, Balboni hit his second homer -- with Motley on -- and Sundberg hit his first in the eighth.