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Bonderman shaky, but gets win thanks to Tigers' five-run inning

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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DETROIT -- Even without his best stuff, Jeremy Bonderman kept the Detroit Tigers in the game long enough for them to get another win.

Ivan Rodriguez homered and the Tigers used a five-run fifth inning to rally past the Kansas City Royals 6-4 on Thursday night.

Bonderman (9-4) struggled to the win for the Tigers, who own baseball's best record at 60-29.

"I knew that if I kept it close ... I knew the team wasn't going to go away and would fight," Bonderman said.

Kansas City received home runs from Tony Graffanino and Mark Teahen, who also tripled. But Teahen committed two errors on the same play during the decisive fifth inning.

Bonderman allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, walking a season-high five and striking out eight.

"I wasn't able to get in a good rhythm tonight," Bonderman said. "I got into and out of rhythm."

Jason Grilli replaced Bonderman with two on and two outs in the sixth and retired Graffanino on a grounder.

"Lost in the ballgame was Grilli coming in to get a big out," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "That might've been the biggest out of the game."

Fernando Rodney worked around two hits in the seventh, Joel Zumaya pitched a scoreless eighth and Todd Jones finished for his 24th save in 27 opportunities.

"Mistakes," Royals manager Buddy Bell said. "And then once you get in their bullpen, it's pretty tough."

Kansas City starter Brandon Duckworth (1-2) allowed six runs -- three earned -- and six hits in 4 2/3 innings, walking two and striking out three.

"I felt good, especially in the fifth inning," Duckworth said. "I just got behind in some counts and put myself behind the eight-ball and had to make better pitches. They were swinging the bat and they do what they do."

Duckworth didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning, when Curtis Granderson led off with a single. He was erased when Placido Polanco grounded into a double play, but Rodriguez then homered into the left-field stands, his eighth of the season, to make it 4-1.

Things fell apart for Duckworth in the fifth when Detroit scored five runs to drive him from the mound.

With one out, singles by Marcus Thames, Craig Monroe and Chris Shelton loaded the bases. Brandon Inge then singled to cut the lead to 4-2 and Granderson's groundout plated another run.

Polanco then hit a grounder to third, which Teahen bobbled and then threw wildly to first base, allowing two runs to score and giving the Tigers a 5-4 lead.

"We should have been out of the inning," Teahen said.

Duckworth then walked Rodriguez and was removed in favor of Todd Wellemeyer, who allowed an RBI single to Magglio Ordonez, the first batter he faced.

Kansas City took a 1-0 lead in the first on Graffanino's one-out home run. The Royals made it 2-0 in the second when John Buck's single with one out through a drawn-in infield scored Teahen, who had led off with a triple.

Teahen gave Kansas City a 4-0 lead in the fourth with a two-run homer. His eighth of the season followed Emil Brown's one-out double.

Notes

  • The Royals reinstated RHP Mike MacDougal from the 60-day disabled list. He has not pitched this season after straining his right shoulder during spring training.
  • Rodriguez is hitting .355 (192-for-540) in his career against Kansas City with 18 home runs and 84 RBI.
  • Kansas City INF Mark Grudzielanek (back) and 1B Doug Mientkiewicz (back) both missed the game and are day to day.
  • About 50 players, including Royals fan Tom Watson, and Champion Tour officials attended the game, a short drive from the TPC of Michigan, where the Senior Players Championship began Thursday. Chi Chi Rodriguez visited the Tigers' clubhouse and Leyland's office after the game.
  • Detroit is the 10th team in the last 30 seasons to win 60 of its first 89 games.
 
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Jeremy Bonderman picks up his ninth win despite yielding four runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.  (AP)
Jeremy Bonderman picks up his ninth win despite yielding four runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

M. Teahen
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Detroit

I. Rodriguez
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Kansas City Royals
Joey Gathright, CF4000123 .208
Tony Graffanino, 2B4111103 .271
David DeJesus, LF5000031 .302
Reggie Sanders, DH5010021 .249
Matt Stairs, 1B4020110 .272
Emil Brown, RF4120004 .280
Mark Teahen, 3B4222002 .265
Angel Berroa, SS4010021 .245
John Buck, C2011201 .244
Totals36410451016 
Batting
2B - Emil Brown (21, Bonderman)
3B - Mark Teahen (5, Bonderman)
HR - Tony Graffanino (5, Bonderman), Mark Teahen (8, Bonderman)
RBI - Tony Graffanino (31), Mark Teahen 2 (31), John Buck (31)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Teahen-Graffanino-Stairs
E - Mark Teahen 2 (10, Misplayed grounder and wild throw)
Kansas City Royals
Brandon Duckworth (L,1-2) 4.2663231 5.40
Todd Wellemeyer 2.1100100 4.66
Joel Peralta 1200030 4.40
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Duckworth 103-59, Todd Wellemeyer 41-29, Joel Peralta 24-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Duckworth 5-5, Todd Wellemeyer 3-4
Batters Faced - Brandon Duckworth 21, Todd Wellemeyer 9, Joel Peralta 5
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF3011010 .278
Placido Polanco, 2B4100002 .282
Ivan Rodriguez, C3111101 .308
Magglio Ordonez, RF4011010 .311
Carlos Guillen, SS3010102 .298
Marcus Thames, LF3110001 .298
    Alexis Gomez, LF1010000 .286
Craig Monroe, DH4110023 .245
Chris Shelton, 1B4110012 .282
Brandon Inge, 3B2111110 .223
Totals316943611 
Batting
HR - Ivan Rodriguez (8, Duckworth)
SH - Curtis Granderson (4)
RBI - Curtis Granderson (44), Ivan Rodriguez (40), Magglio Ordonez (63), Brandon Inge (48)
2-OUT RBI - Ivan Rodriguez (18), Magglio Ordonez (25)
PK - Carlos Guillen (2, Duckworth)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Polanco-Shelton-Guillen
Detroit Tigers
Jeremy Bonderman (W,9-4) 5.2744582 3.59
Jason Grilli (H,6) 0.1000000 3.72
Fernando Rodney (H,11) 1200000 3.64
Joel Zumaya (H,21) 1100010 2.03
Todd Jones (S,24) 1000010 5.66
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Bonderman 108-69, Jason Grilli 4-2, Fernando Rodney 15-10, Joel Zumaya 12-7, Todd Jones 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Bonderman 5-3, Jason Grilli 1-0, Fernando Rodney 2-1, Todd Jones 1-1
Batters Faced - Jeremy Bonderman 28, Jason Grilli 1, Fernando Rodney 5, Joel Zumaya 4, Todd Jones 3
Game Information
Attendance - 31967
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Chad Fairchild