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Tigers 4, Royals 1

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DETROIT -- Nate Robertson's teammates knew he deserved to win a game at home.

On Friday night, it finally happened.

Ivan Rodriguez hit a two-run homer and Robertson ended his season-long drought at Comerica Park as the Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 4-1.

"This is great," said Dmitri Young, who also homered for the Tigers. "Nate has gone out there all season and given us his all with no run support."

Robertson (4-7) won for the first time in nine home starts, giving up one run and five hits in five innings. He is 1-4 at Comerica Park with a 2.50 ERA.

"It feels good," Robertson said. "I'll take any win I can get at this point. I would have liked to go more than five innings, but give the Royals credit. They were aggressive and made me throw a lot of pitches."

Robertson got plenty of help from Detroit's bullpen, especially Fernando Rodney, who struck out a career-high seven in his three-inning stint.

"He was lights-out," Robertson said. "He's a very special pitcher when he has things going - he throws so hard and then he's got a change that's 15 or 18 miles slower."

Kyle Farnsworth pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save. He took over as Detroit's closer when Troy Percival went on the disabled list Thursday with an elbow injury.

Jose Lima (2-8), scheduled to start Saturday night, was moved up a day to replace D.J. Carrasco, who was a late scratch because of tightness in his shoulder. Lima allowed four runs -- three earned -- and nine hits, including two long homers, in six innings.

"I only found out about 45 minutes before the game," he said. "It's not a problem, because I have a rubber arm, but I played 18 holes of golf today. I would never do that on the day I pitch."

Detroit went ahead 2-0 in the second on Rodriguez's 415-foot homer over the bullpens in left. Rodriguez only hit six homers before the All-Star break, but finished second to Bobby Abreu in Monday's Home Run Derby.

Joe McEwing's first homer in 14 months made it 2-1 in the third, but the Tigers scored an unearned run in the fourth.

Rodriguez singled, moved to third on Craig Monroe's single and scored when second baseman Ruben Gotay booted Brandon Inge's two-out grounder.

"That one hurt us," Royals manager Buddy Bell said. "If we make that play, we're still right in the game."

Young's 16th homer, a 432-foot drive to right-center in the sixth, gave the Tigers their 4-1 lead.

"I don't think it is possible to hit a ball harder than he hit that one," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said.

Young has three homers against Lima this season, including two on opening day.

"He either strikes out or hits a home run," Lima said. "Home runs don't bother me. I'm the King of Home Runs."

Young also helped out defensively in his first outfield start in exactly a year. Playing left, he made a leaping catch of Mike Sweeney's drive in the third inning, then snagged a sinking liner by the next hitter, Emil Brown.

"I had some jitters, because I didn't want to mess up," he said. "But after I got the first one out of the way, I was fine."

Notes

  • McEwing hadn't homered since hitting one for the New York Mets against Milwaukee on May 7, 2004.
  • New Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock threw out the first pitch.
  • J.P. Howell will move from his scheduled start on Monday to Saturday, replacing Lima. Runelvys Hernandez will make his scheduled start on Sunday, with Carrasco a possibility for Monday in Cleveland.
  • Tigers 2B Placido Polanco missed a second straight game with a sore hamstring.
  • Rodriguez hit 20 homers in the Home Run Derby, more than he has hit in any season since 2001.
 
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Players of the Game
Detroit

I. Rodriguez
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Detroit

D. Young
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, CF2010300 .294
Ruben Gotay, 2B5020013 .247
Mike Sweeney, DH4000025 .308
Emil Brown, RF4010004 .286
Tony Graffanino, 1B3000020 .304
   a- Matt Stairs, PH-1B1000011 .256
Angel Berroa, SS4010011 .270
John Buck, C4020022 .230
Shane Costa, LF4000023 .250
Joe McEwing, 3B2111000 .274
   b- Mark Teahen, PH-3B2000010 .250
Totals3518131219 
a-struck out for Graffanino in the 8th
b-lined out for McEwing in the 7th
Batting
2B - David DeJesus (17, Rodney)
HR - Joe McEwing (1, Robertson)
RBI - Joe McEwing (3)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Ruben Gotay (7, Misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
Jose Lima (L,2-8) 6943032 7.16
Leo Nunez 1100020 6.75
Andy Sisco 1100020 2.66
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Lima 102-71, Leo Nunez 19-13, Andy Sisco 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Lima 6-9
Batters Faced - Jose Lima 27, Leo Nunez 4, Andy Sisco 4
Detroit Tigers
Brandon Inge, 3B4010010 .281
Carlos Guillen, SS4010002 .352
Chris Shelton, 1B4010022 .354
Magglio Ordonez, RF4010002 .236
Rondell White, DH4120002 .310
Ivan Rodriguez, C4222011 .296
Dmitri Young, LF4111012 .247
    Kevin Hooper, LF0000000 .000
Craig Monroe, CF4020011 .285
Omar Infante, 2B3000013 .224
Totals3541130715 
Batting
2B - Brandon Inge (17, Lima)
HR - Ivan Rodriguez (7, Lima), Dmitri Young (16, Lima)
RBI - Ivan Rodriguez 2 (34), Dmitri Young (42)
CS - Carlos Guillen (2, 2nd base by Lima/Buck)
Team LOB - 7
Detroit Tigers
Nate Robertson (W,4-7) 5511231 3.28
Fernando Rodney (H,1) 3300070 3.00
Kyle Farnsworth (S,2) 1000120 1.89
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 99-65, Fernando Rodney 49-34, Kyle Farnsworth 18-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Robertson 4-8
Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 22, Fernando Rodney 12, Kyle Farnsworth 4
Game Information
Attendance - 30807
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Troy Fullwood, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Lazaro Diaz