KANSAS CITY, Mo. —On a night when the Royals paid a post-game tribute to their 1985 World Series champs, their current collection put on a show of their own in a 7-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Start with a 13-hit attack. Add five-plus solid innings from veteran lefty Bruce Chen. More zeroes from reliever Robinson Tejeda and a scoreless inning by Kanekoa Texeira in his Royals debut.
That was more than enough to smooth over some suspect baserunning.
Chen improved to 2-0 by working into the sixth in his second start since replacing injured Gil Meche in the rotation. Chen turned over a 4-0 lead, which quickly became 4-3 on Brennan Boesch's three-run homer against Kyle Farnsworth.
It was a momentary hiccup.
The Royals answered with three runs in their sixth. Jason Kendall's two-run single capped a three-hit, three-RBI night.
The victory opened a three-game weekend series at Kauffman Stadium and was just the second by the Royals in their last seven games.
The post-game Sky Show was an extended version of the usual Friday night fireworks display but also included appearances from some members of the 1985 club.
It put a nice period on an evening that saw the Royals reawakened their offense after a tough four-game series against the Angels. The 13-hit attack included at least one hit from every starter. Kendall led the way, but Scott Podsednik had two hits, scored three times and drove in a run.
Billy Butler had two hits and raised his average to .332, while David DeJesus had an RBI single and a sacrifice fly.
The Royals also roughed up Ryan Perry for three two-out runs in the sixth, although one of those runs was charged to starter Max Scherzer.
Robinson Tejeda followed Farnsworth with two scoreless innings, which continued his remarkable run. Tejeda has allowed one earned run in his last 21 1/3 innings over 15 appearances.
Just-acquired Texeira closed out the victory with a scoreless ninth. He joined the Royals on Thursday in a waiver claim from Seattle.
The Royals opened the scoring in the second inning after Mike Aviles, dropped to seventh in the order, lined a one-out single to center.
Aviles raced to third when Mitch Maier sliced a looping double to left before scoring on Yuniesky Betancourt's sacrifice fly. After Scherzer walked Podsednik, Kendall pulled a single into left for a 2-0 lead.
DeJesus followed with an RBI single to right but made the final one when trapped between first and second after shortstop Adam Everett cut the throw to third.
So three runs, but it could have been more.
The Royals added another run in the fifth after Podsednik slapped a leadoff single to left with one of his half swings. Kendall served a single into center that Austin Jackson nearly turned into a shoestring catch.
Podsednik went to third and scored on DeJesus' sacrifice fly to left. Butler followed with a single that moved Kendall to second, but Scherzer escaped further damage when Jose Guillen lined into a double play.
Chen carried a shutout in the sixth but started the inning by walking Magglio Ordonez. Miguel Cabrera followed with a grounder up the middle that ticked off Betancourt's glove for a single that moved Ordonez to third.
The Royals led 7-3.