KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Michael Tucker led a 15-hit attack by going 3-for-5 with two RBI as the Kansas City Royals handed the Detroit Tigers their sixth straight loss Tuesday night, 17-2.
The loss was the 26th in the last 31 games for the Tigers, who are 4-17 in September. Detroit has dropped 102 games this season, its highest total since a 109-loss campaign in 1996.
Tucker scored the first run of the game on an error in the second inning before slapping a two-run single during a five-run sixth that gave the Royals a commanding 13-2 lead.
After spending the first seven innings as the designated hitter, Tucker played the final two at second base, a position at which he had never appeared in his career.
Miguel Asencio (4-7) snapped a three-game losing streak, allowing two runs and five hits in five innings with five walks and five strikeouts. The righthander had not won since Aug. 25 when he defeated Minnesota.
Rookie Shane Loux (0-3) remained in search of his first major league victory, surrendering six runs - five earned - and five hits in four innings. Loux walked three and struck out one.