Royals DH Kendrys Morales hit three home runs, tripled, and walked in five plate appearances in Sunday’s 10-3 win against the Tigers. He set a team record with 15 total bases. George Brett held the previous Royals record of 14 total bases, achieved during a 16-inning game in 1979.
Morales homered in the third, fourth and eighth innings, becoming the first Kansas City player to go deep three times in a game since Danny Tartabull against Oakland on July 6, 1991.
Morales also walked and scored in the first inning, then hit a triple in the sixth and scored. He’s the sixth player this season to score five runs in a game, joining Yoenis Cespedes, Jackie Bradley, Jr., Travis Shaw, Brett Gardner, and Josh Donaldson. He’s the first Royal to score five runs in a game since Angel Berroa and Joe Randa (six runs) in September 2004.
Morales became the second player with 15 total bases in a game this season. Cespedes accomplished the feat on August 21 versus the Rockies.