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Royals 4, Tigers 2 (second game)

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Zack Greinke is finishing up a disappointing season with some late success.

Greinke pitched seven strong innings, and Emil Brown and Chip Ambres homered as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Detroit Tigers 4-2 to sweep a doubleheader Tuesday night.

Mike Sweeney's RBI double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Royals a 5-4 victory in the opener.

The Tigers have lost six in a row and 17 of 21 in September. Kansas City avoided its 100th loss for the third consecutive game and swept a doubleheader for the first time since June 7, 2003, at Colorado.

Greinke (5-16), who is 2-0 in four September starts, held the Tigers to two runs and six hits over seven innings. He struck out four and walked none. Greinke is tied with teammate Jose Lima for the most losses in the American League.

"He was piling up the zone with strikes," Royals catcher Paul Phillips said. "He established his fastball in and away. He threw his changeup and curveball for strikes. When you're throwing three pitches for strikes and moving your fastball around, you're going to have success."

Greinke threw 67 strikes in 100 pitches. He improved to 5-1 in seven career starts against the Tigers, who have mostly right-handed hitters.

"I have more success against righties," Greinke said. "They haven't proven to be one of the better teams in baseball the last two years, either."

Mike MacDougal, the winning pitcher in the first game, worked the ninth for his 20th save in 23 tries.

"We're just not getting it done," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "I'm not getting the message across. This really bothers me. I know I'm responsible, but guys have got to do it. It's inexcusable to be going through this losing streak. Losing doesn't sit well with me. It shouldn't sit well with anybody. We have to keep working. I know no other way. There's no magic potion."

Brown hit his 15th home run, a solo shot estimated at 440 feet to left-center, in the third and leads the Royals with 80 RBI. It was the longest home run by a Royal this year at Kauffman Stadium. Ambres hit his third career homer in the fifth.

The Royals scored an unearned run in the first inning after Ambres reached on shortstop Omar Infante's throwing error. He advanced to third on Aaron Guiel's single and scored on Sweeney's sacrifice fly.

In the second, Justin Huber scored on Donnie Murphy's sacrifice fly. Trammell was ejected by plate umpire Lance Barksdale for arguing that Magglio Ordonez's throw beat Huber.

Craig Monroe and Vance Wilson doubled in the fifth for the first run off Greinke. Wilson also drove in a run in the seventh with a groundout, which scored Carlos Pena.

Detroit's Nate Robertson (6-15) has lost five consecutive starts since beating Oakland on Aug. 23. He gave up four runs -- three earned -- and six hits in seven innings.

"I thought I threw all right, but it wasn't enough," Robertson said. "I did all I could. It's been a rough stretch. I'm only speaking for myself, but I can't accept the outcome of this year."

Notes

Detroit DH Dmitri Young (hamstring) is limited to pinch-hitting duties. ... RHP Jason Grilli made his Tigers debut in relief in the opener. It was exactly 30 years ago that Grilli's dad, Steve, made his Detroit debut. ... Ambres has batted leadoff 12 times this season. ... Detroit's Ivan Rodriguez caught his 1,806th game in the opener, tying Rick Ferrell for ninth in major-league history.

 
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Players of the Game
Kansas City

C. Ambres
AB 4
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Kansas City

E. Brown
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF3000121 .308
Brandon Inge, 3B4010011 .258
Chris Shelton, DH4010012 .296
Magglio Ordonez, RF4000012 .302
Carlos Pena, 1B4110011 .239
Craig Monroe, LF4120010 .275
Omar Infante, SS4010003 .222
Vance Wilson, C3012000 .205
   a- Ivan Rodriguez, PH1000011 .280
John McDonald, 2B3000002 .278
Totals342721813 
a-struck out for V. Wilson in the 9th
Batting
2B - Craig Monroe 2 (28, Greinke, Greinke), Vance Wilson (4, Greinke)
RBI - Vance Wilson 2 (18)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Omar Infante (10, Wild throw)
Detroit Tigers
Nate Robertson (L,6-15) 7643122 4.52
Craig Dingman 1100010 3.30
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 89-65, Craig Dingman 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Robertson 10-10, Craig Dingman 1-1
Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 29, Craig Dingman 4
Kansas City Royals
Chip Ambres, LF4211001 .252
Aaron Guiel, CF4010000 .307
Mike Sweeney, DH3001000 .293
Emil Brown, RF4111001 .291
Angel Berroa, SS4020001 .270
Justin Huber, 1B3110111 .241
    Mark Teahen, 3B0000000 .236
Paul Phillips, C3010000 .231
Joe McEwing, 3B-1B3000014 .237
Donnie Murphy, 2B2001010 .171
    Andres Blanco, 2B0000000 .214
Totals30474138 
Batting
2B - Paul Phillips (2, Robertson)
HR - Chip Ambres (3, Robertson), Emil Brown (15, Robertson)
SF - Mike Sweeney (6), Donnie Murphy (1)
RBI - Chip Ambres (8), Mike Sweeney (78), Emil Brown (80), Donnie Murphy (6)
2-OUT RBI - Emil Brown (22)
SB - Angel Berroa (7, 2nd base off Dingman/V. Wilson)
Team LOB - 5
Kansas City Royals
Zack Greinke (W,5-16) 7622040 5.81
Jeremy Affeldt (H,11) 1000120 6.07
Mike MacDougal (S,20) 1100020 3.39
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 100-67, Jeremy Affeldt 18-13, Mike MacDougal 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 7-10
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 27, Jeremy Affeldt 4, Mike MacDougal 4
Game Information
Attendance - 9418
Game Time - 2:14
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Adam Dowdy