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Royals still winless on road as Maroth throws Tigers to win

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers know they have played two struggling teams this week. They also know that for the first time in years, they were able to take advantage of it.

Brandon Inge and Craig Monroe homered and Mike Maroth pitched six strong innings as the Tigers improved to 5-0 on their current homestand with a 4-1 win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.

"We're playing great, and we're going to ride the wave," Inge said.

Detroit has outscored the Minnesota Twins and Royals by a combined 40-4 in the five wins. The Tigers finish the homestand against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday and Thursday.

"We're doing everything it takes to win," Maroth said. "I'm definitely enjoying going to the ballpark every day."

Kansas City has lost five straight and is 0-11 on the road this season. The major league record of 13 road losses to start a season is held by the 1969 Houston Astros and 1988 Baltimore Orioles.

"I just repeat myself every night -- take my quotes from yesterday and write them down again," Kansas City manager Buddy Bell said in a 54-second postgame news conference. "This is the big leagues, and my gosh, you have to swing the bat better than that."

The Royals, who now play two games in Minnesota followed by three in Chicago, have four runs and a .154 batting average in their last five road games.

"No one is going through anything as bad as this," second baseman Mark Grudzielanek said. "We've gotten good pitching, but some games we don't drive in the runners we have on base, and some games we just don't have any runners on base to begin with.

"Give the Tigers credit. They took advantage of us, which is just what I would want to do if I were playing against us."

Maroth (4-1) allowed one run, four hits and a walk in six innings and lowered his ERA to 1.78. He has given up more than one run in just one of his five starts this season.

In Detroit's last 14 games, its starting pitchers are 10-3 with a 1.87 ERA.

"We got good starting pitching again," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "There's no such thing as momentum in baseball -- you are only as good as your next pitcher."

Three Detroit relievers finished, with Todd Jones pitching the ninth for his fifth save in as many tries. Jones allowed a double in his scoreless inning, one day after allowing two runs before closing out a 3-2 victory.

"I have to send the right message," Leyland said. "I thought it was important to get Jonesy right back out there."

Former Tiger Mark Redman (0-2) gave up three runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out one.

"To start off the season this way is tough," he said. "You don't think as much about glitches like this when they happen in June."

The Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on Inge's 436-foot homer to left. Inge was hitting .176 over his last 18 games, and had even changed lockers in the Detroit clubhouse to try to break the slump.

The Royals scored on Reggie Sanders' RBI double in the sixth, but the Tigers came back with a run in the bottom of the inning.

Inge led off with a single, took second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a groundout by Magglio Ordonez.

Monroe made it 4-1 in the seventh against Joel Peralta with his seventh homer of the year.

Notes

  • Tigers DH Dmitri Young (leg) will play two rehab games with Double-A Erie this week, and hopes to rejoin the team during the weekend series in Minnesota.
  • Royals DH Mike Sweeney returned to Kansas City after aggravating a back injury on Monday. He is expected to go on the disabled list on Wednesday.
  • The Royals fired hitting coach Andre David after Monday's loss and replaced him with minor league instructor Mike Barnett.
  • The start of the game was delayed 19 minutes by rain.
  • Since leaving the Tigers after the 2002 season, Redman has played for four teams -- Florida, Oakland, Pittsburgh and Kansas City.
 
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Tigers closer Todd Jones pitches the ninth for his fifth save in as many tries.  (AP)
Tigers closer Todd Jones pitches the ninth for his fifth save in as many tries. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

B. Inge
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Detroit

M. Maroth
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 1
K 2
 
Kansas City Royals
Kerry Robinson, CF4110000
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B4010001
Reggie Sanders, RF4011001
Emil Brown, LF4000002
Tony Graffanino, DH3000120
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B4010012
Angel Berroa, SS4010001
Mark Teahen, 3B3000000
John Buck, C3000012
Totals33151149 
Batting
2B - Reggie Sanders (, Maroth), Doug Mientkiewicz (, T. Jones)
RBI - Reggie Sanders ()
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Emil Brown 1
Kansas City Royals
Mark Redman (L,-) 5.1533211
Joel Peralta 1.1211001
Andrew Sisco 0.1000010
Steve Andrade 1100010
IBB - Rodriguez by Mark Redman
WP - Mark Redman ()
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Redman 74-40, Joel Peralta 28-19, Andrew Sisco 6-3, Steve Andrade 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Redman 8-5, Joel Peralta 1-3, Steve Andrade 2-0
Batters Faced - Mark Redman 21, Joel Peralta 6, Andrew Sisco 1, Steve Andrade 4
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF3000121
Placido Polanco, 2B3010000
Ivan Rodriguez, C3010100
Magglio Ordonez, RF4001002
Carlos Guillen, SS4010013
Chris Shelton, 1B3000000
Craig Monroe, LF3111000
Marcus Thames, DH3120000
Brandon Inge, 3B3222001
Totals29484237 
Batting
2B - Marcus Thames (, Redman)
HR - Craig Monroe (, Peralta), Brandon Inge (, Redman)
SH - Placido Polanco ()
RBI - Magglio Ordonez (), Craig Monroe (), Brandon Inge 2 ()
CS - Ivan Rodriguez (, 2nd base by Redman/Buck)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Carlos Guillen (, throwing error)
Detroit Tigers
Mike Maroth (W,-) 6411120
Joel Zumaya (H,) 1000010
Fernando Rodney (H,) 1000000
Todd Jones (S,) 1100010
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Maroth 87-52, Joel Zumaya 9-7, Fernando Rodney 9-8, Todd Jones 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Maroth 8-9, Joel Zumaya 1-1, Fernando Rodney 3-0, Todd Jones 2-0
Batters Faced - Mike Maroth 24, Joel Zumaya 3, Fernando Rodney 3, Todd Jones 4
Game Information
Attendance - 12415
Game Time - 2:17
Temperature - 57
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Marty Foster