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Almonte's slam caps Royals' 5-run 6th inning

Claimed off waivers, center fielder has club's 2 longest homers
April 22, 2018

DETROIT -- The Royals went into the sixth inning on Sunday against Tigers starter Francisco Liriano looking for their first hit.They emerged with two home runs and a three-run lead on their way to an 8-5 victory.The big blow was newcomer Abraham Almonte's second career grand slam, a shot into

DETROIT -- The Royals went into the sixth inning on Sunday against Tigers starter Francisco Liriano looking for their first hit.
They emerged with two home runs and a three-run lead on their way to an 8-5 victory.
The big blow was newcomer Abraham Almonte's second career grand slam, a shot into the right-field seats. It was Almonte's second home run this season and first grand slam since Aug. 30, 2015, when he was with the Indians.
Grand slams mean 40% off pizza
Almonte, who was claimed off waivers earlier this month, jumped on a 1-0 two-seamer from Liriano and belted it a projected 425 feet, per Statcast™.
"I was looking for something up in the zone, kind of elevated and see if I could get a sac fly," Almonte said. "That was a good feeling. Every time that I do something to help my team to perform on the field and win, it's a great feeling."
Earlier on this road trip in Toronto, Almonte socked a 426-foot home run. He now has the Royals' two longest home runs this season.
"Been feeling better every game, every at-bat," Almonte said. "I'm getting more confident, seeing the ball better, feel like I stay more focused in the approach that I take to the plate every at-bat."
Whit Merrifield had homered earlier in the inning.
Almonte's homer came during the Royals' promotional Sonic Slam inning, and contestant Jadah Bradley of Eugene, Mo., won $25,000 for the grand slam.
"I hope she enjoys it," Almonte said, smiling.

Jeffrey Flanagan has covered the Royals since 1991, and for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @FlannyMLB.