Royals 7, Tigers 3
The Detroit Tigers were primed for yet another come-from-behind
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
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
“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
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
“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
“It’s 200 and that makes me happy, but I have to move on now,”
Guillen’s hitting hasn’t gone unnoticed by his teammates,
“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
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
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
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
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.