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

Claimed off waivers, center fielder has club's 2 longest homers
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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.

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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.

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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.

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