Tigers 17, Royals 7

-- Carlos Pena and the hard-hitting Detroit Tigers left their mark on the Kansas City Royals -- especially Justin Huisman.

Pena's line drive struck the Royals reliever on the forehead, leaving a clear imprint of the baseball.

Huisman was okay after Pena's single, one of the Tigers' 27 hits in a 17-7 romp Thursday.

"We got so many base hits, I just couldn't believe it," Pena said.

Pena went 6 for 6 with two home runs and five RBI, and now shares the club record for hits in a nine-inning game with Ty Cobb and two others.

Pena tied the AL record for hits in a nine-inning game, with Alfonso Soriano and Frank Catalanotto also doing it this season.

"Things like this never happen. Very, very seldom do they happen," Pena said.

Detroit also clubbed eight doubles in easily setting the major league high for hits this season, eclipsing the 23 the White Sox got against Minnesota on May 23.

The Tigers also had the most hits in the majors since Boston got 28 in a 25-8 rout of Florida at Fenway Park last June 27.

"What a day!" Tigers Manager Alan Trammell said. "To me, that just sums it up."

Pena, a seldom-used first baseman, started the day with a .204 average. He had two hits off starter Brian Anderson, two off Huisman and homers off Scott Sullivan and Nate Field.