Kansas City at Detroit

Kansas City
W: T. Jones (2-5) L: J. Affeldt (4-6)
HR: KC - M. Teahen (9), A. Berroa (6)   DET - C. Guillen (11)

Guillen's blast sends Tigers to another improbable victory

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

DETROIT -- Carlos Guillen just wanted to make contact against Jeremy Affeldt, and then did much better.

Guillen hit a game-winning homer off Affeldt with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the Detroit Tigers a 10-9 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.

The Tigers overcame a 4-0 deficit against Kansas City for the second straight game and earned their 10th consecutive win over the Royals this season.

Guillen drove a 1-2 pitch from Affeldt (4-6) down the line and over the left-field fence for his 11th homer.

"I wanted to be patient and put the ball into play," said Guillen, who hit a low curve.

Affeldt was disappointed but gave all the credit to Guillen.

"Threw the pitch I wanted to throw," he said. "He beat me on it."

Todd Jones (2-5) earned the victory by pitching a scoreless ninth. He struck out Mark Teahen with runners on first and second to end the inning.

"I was trying to mix up the Royals and Teahen with different pitches," Jones said. "I got lucky and snapped a fastball for the strikeout."

Craig Monroe was 3-for-4 with two RBI and Marcus Thames had a two-run triple for Detroit.

Teahen had a three-run homer and a double, Angel Berroa homered and drove in two runs, and David DeJesus had a three-run double for Kansas City.

Detroit's Kenny Rogers, who got the start for the AL in this week's All-Star Game, lasted only four innings in his first outing following the break. He allowed five runs and six hits, walked one and struck out three in his shortest stint this season.

Royals' starter Mark Redman gave up four runs and five hits in five plus innings. He walked three and didn't strike out a batter.

Detroit scored three times in the seventh inning to break open a 6-6 game. Brandon Inge had an RBI single, Monroe added a run-scoring double, and Ambiorix Burgos balked in another run.

But Kansas City tied it against Joel Zumaya in the eighth on DeJesus' two-out, bases-loaded double.

"You've just got to keep playing," Tigers' manager Jim Leyland said. "We fought back, gave it back to them and fought back again."

Kansas City jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second.

Berroa singled in a run, and Teahen hit a three-run homer - his second shot in two nights and ninth of the season.

Detroit cut the lead in half in the third on Thames' two-out, two-run triple, but the Royals made it 5-2 in the fourth on Berroa's solo home run.

The Tigers pulled within two runs in the fourth on Monroe's two-out RBI double before Emil Brown's RBI single the next inning made it 6-3.

Detroit caught up with three in the sixth on a RBI double by Chris Shelton, a sacrifice fly by Curtis Granderson and an error by Berroa at short on Placido Polanco's grounder that allowed Shelton to score the tying run.

"Not much I can say," Kansas City manager Buddy Bell said. "Baseball, man. It's just hard to explain sometimes."


  • The start of the game was delayed 37 minutes by rain.
  • Detroit LHP Mike Maroth went through an 8-minute bullpen session in which he threw fastballs and changeups. He is on the 60-day DL after undergoing surgery on his left elbow.
  • Kansas City INF Mark Grudzielanek and 1B Doug Mientkiewicz both remained unable to play and day-to-day with back injuries.
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Carlos Guillen prepares himself for the congratulatory beating after hitting a game winner.  (AP)
Carlos Guillen prepares himself for the congratulatory beating after hitting a game winner. (AP)

Players of the Game

C. Monroe
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
Kansas City

M. Teahen
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, CF5123000 .304
Esteban German, LF5010000 .336
Reggie Sanders, DH5010023 .248
Emil Brown, RF5021011 .282
Tony Graffanino, 2B3120101 .277
Matt Stairs, 1B3110212 .273
Angel Berroa, SS5322004 .248
Mark Teahen, 3B3223212 .271
John Buck, C4110012 .244
2B - David DeJesus (14, Zumaya), Tony Graffanino (15, Rogers), Matt Stairs (12, Colon), Mark Teahen (8, Rogers)
HR - Angel Berroa (6, Rogers), Mark Teahen (9, Rogers)
SH - Tony Graffanino (4)
RBI - David DeJesus 3 (21), Emil Brown (44), Angel Berroa 2 (36), Mark Teahen 3 (34)
2-OUT RBI - David DeJesus 3 (11), Angel Berroa (22)
CS - Tony Graffanino (4, 3rd base by Rogers/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Berroa-Graffanino-Stairs
E - Angel Berroa (10, misplayed grounder), Esteban German (5, misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
Mark Redman 5544300 5.38
Elmer Dessens (BS,5) 1.1343110 4.41
Ambiorix Burgos 1.2211010 5.95
Jeremy Affeldt (L,4-6) 0.1111001 6.20
IBB - Guillen by Elmer Dessens
HBP - Guillen (by Mark Redman)
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Redman 88-51, Elmer Dessens 37-20, Ambiorix Burgos 23-17, Jeremy Affeldt 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Redman 5-9, Elmer Dessens 2-2, Ambiorix Burgos 1-3
Batters Faced - Mark Redman 23, Elmer Dessens 9, Ambiorix Burgos 7, Jeremy Affeldt 2
Detroit Tigers
Placido Polanco, 2B5110000 .280
Marcus Thames, LF4012111 .297
Ivan Rodriguez, C5010001 .306
Magglio Ordonez, RF5110001 .309
Carlos Guillen, SS2411200 .300
Brandon Inge, 3B4121001 .227
Craig Monroe, DH4232001 .253
Chris Shelton, 1B3111112 .282
Omar Infante, CF2000003 .255
   a- Curtis Granderson, PH-CF1001001 .278
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Infante in the 6th
2B - Craig Monroe 2 (19, Redman, Burgos), Chris Shelton (13, Dessens)
3B - Marcus Thames (1, Redman)
HR - Carlos Guillen (11, Affeldt)
SF - Curtis Granderson (4)
RBI - Marcus Thames 2 (37), Carlos Guillen (53), Brandon Inge (49), Craig Monroe 2 (44), Chris Shelton (43), Curtis Granderson (45)
2-OUT RBI - Marcus Thames 2 (11), Craig Monroe (18)
Team LOB - 6
Outfield Assists - Magglio Ordonez 1
DP - Guillen-Polanco-Shelton
E - Carlos Guillen (15, misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
Kenny Rogers 4655132 4.10
Roman Colon 3511110 4.55
Joel Zumaya (BS,3) 1233210 2.58
Todd Jones (W,2-5) 1100110 5.50
IBB - Teahen by Roman Colon, Stairs by Todd Jones
Pitches-Strikes - Kenny Rogers 76-47, Roman Colon 44-28, Joel Zumaya 33-20, Todd Jones 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kenny Rogers 5-3, Roman Colon 6-0, Joel Zumaya 2-1, Todd Jones 2-0
Batters Faced - Kenny Rogers 18, Roman Colon 13, Joel Zumaya 8, Todd Jones 5
Game Information
Attendance - 38442
Game Time - 3:32
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Gary Cederstrom, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Tim Welke