KANSAS CITY -- Zack Greinke had pitched well against the Tigers in the past at Kauffman Stadium -- 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA entering Sunday.
History, however, did not repeat itself.
Greinke surrendered three two-run homers in the second inning as the Tigers topped the Royals 13-4 on a rainy afternoon. The Royals were swept in the weekend series and have lost seven of nine against the Tigers this season.
Curtis Granderson, Craig Monroe and Gary Sheffield blasted the two-run shots off Greinke.
Greinke was removed after four innings and 85 pitches, allowing six runs on nine hits. In two starts against the Tigers this season, Greinke has yielded 10 runs and four home runs in 4 2/3 innings. He was unable to get out of the first inning in an April 16 start at Detroit.
Greinke, who dropped to 1-4, has not pitched that well at home this season. He is 0-3 at Kauffman Stadium, allowing 17 earned runs in 21 innings for a 7.29 ERA.
Things did not get any better for the Royals after Greinke departed. Todd Wellemeyer was charged with three runs on four hits in two innings.
Left-hander Neal Musser came out for the seventh and allowed four runs on four hits, including a three-run homer to Neifi Perez, making it 13-0.
Former Royal Chad Durbin limited the Royals to two singles until the eighth, when they bunched together four hits and scored two runs. Ross Gload, Alex Gordon and John Buck led off the inning with singles. Gload scored when Shane Costa rolled into a double play. Tony Pena Jr. doubled to center to score Gordon with the second run.
The Royals are 2-5 on this 10-game homestand, their longest of the season.
By Alan Eskew / Special to MLB.com