Royals 7, Tigers 3

The Detroit Tigers were primed for yet another come-from-behind

victory.

Detroit, which has trailed in five of its six victories, had

narrowed Kansas City’s lead to a run in the fifth inning and had

the bases loaded, no outs and cleanup man Miguel Cabrera at the

plate.

But Cabrera grounded into a routine double play, and although

the tying run scored on the play, the Royals took advantage of the

reprieve to pull away for a 7-3 victory.

Jose Guillen homered for the fourth straight game, connecting

for his 200th career shot and leading the Royals.

Yet it was Kansas City’s escape in the middle of the game that

Detroit lamented.

“That was the key moment of the game right there,” Tigers

manager Jim Leyland said. “We loaded them up with the right guy at

the plate, but it didn’t happen. That’s OK – there’s no way that we

can keep making that happen every time. We’ve got to pitch

better.”

Kansas City had blown a 5-0 lead in Tuesday’s 6-5 loss to the

Tigers, so Royals manager Trey Hillman was happy to see his team

hang on when it looked as if another game might slip away.

“That was a very resilient performance,” Hillman said. “Call

it resilient, call it scrappy, call it whatever word you want –

I’ll take it.”

The Tigers lost two of three to the Royals, allowing 22 runs on

45 hits in the series.

“If we are going to win consistently, we’ve got to get better

pitching,” Leyland said. “Give the Royals credit, but this just

isn’t good enough. We gave up 17 hits again today, and that’s

getting to be a pattern.”

Guillen’s fifth home run in a four-game span capped a two-run

seventh inning that put the Royals ahead 5-3.

Billy Butler added a pair of sacrifice flies for the Royals.

Magglio Ordonez homered for the Tigers and Johnny Damon got his

1,000th career RBI.

“That’s a nice achievement, but it mainly shows how much I’ve

been blessed with good health for a lot of years,” Damon said.

Kyle Davies (1-0) allowed three runs in 6 2-3 innings. The

Royals got 2 1-3 innings of scoreless relief from their shaky

bullpen, with Joakim Soria recording the final four outs for his

second save.

“This was big for us,” Davies said. “We had a chance to get

three wins here, but after the tough loss yesterday, it was big to

come back and get this one.”

It was 3-all when David DeJesus started the Kansas City seventh

with a walk off Ryan Perry (0-1). After a sacrifice and a wild

pitch, DeJesus scored on Butler’s sacrifice fly when catcher Gerald

Laird couldn’t handle Ordonez’s throw from right field.

Guillen homered for a 5-3 lead, but downplayed his personal

achievement.

“It’s 200 and that makes me happy, but I have to move on now,”

he said.

Guillen’s hitting hasn’t gone unnoticed by his teammates,

though.

“The streak he is on is unbelievable,” Butler said. “Guys are

trying to do different things against him, and he’s still getting

the same result. He’s sticking with his plan and hitting the ball

hard.”

Damon’s two-out single in the bottom of the seventh brought John

Parrish from the bullpen. Parrish had retired all 10 batters he had

faced this year, but walked Ordonez before getting Cabrera to

ground out.

Butler made it 6-3 with another sacrifice fly in the eighth. The

Royals added an insurance run in the ninth on second baseman Scott

Sizemore’s error.

Ordonez hit his third home run in the first inning. The Royals

came back against Rick Porcello on DeJesus’ two-run double in the

second and added a run in the third when Jason Kendall singled home

Guillen.

Porcello allowed three runs on 10 hits in six innings.

“Early in the game, I think he was giving the Royals too much

credit, so he wasn’t attacking the zone with strike one,” Leyland

said. “He settled down and only gave up three runs, but he was at

25 or 30 pitches in the first inning, and that’s not good.”

Detroit tied it in the fifth on Damon’s RBI double and Cabrera’s

double play, but only managed one more hit.

NOTES: Detroit went 4-2 on its first homestand of the season,

and now faces an 11-game, three-city road trip to Seattle, Los

Angeles and Texas. Damon said, for most teams, the trip would

provide a bonding experience, but he doesn’t think the Tigers need

that. “When I was in Boston and New York, it was tough to get the

guys together at home, so you hung out on the road,” he said. “It

is different here, though. Everyone seems to live in the same area,

so we’re always seeing each other away from the park.” … Chris

Getz was thrown out stealing in the ninth inning, the first time a

Royals baserunner had been caught in 13 attempts this year. …

Parrish walked two hitters, but still has not allowed a hit in his

six outings this season.