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Emil Brown also drove in two runs for Kansas City, which had lost 11 straight games against Detroit this year. The win also snapped the Tigers' 10-game home winning streak.
"It's been a long four days here," Royals manager Buddy Bell said. "We won one, could have won three. But that's the way our season has gone."
"Collectively, we just weren't very good," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "That includes and starts with the manager and the coaches. We just weren't good today."
Elarton (4-9) yielded three runs and three hits to get his first win since June 22. He struck out two and walked three.
"Overall, it was decent," Elarton said. "But when you get nine runs, that makes it a lot easier."
He also downplayed the importance of beating Detroit.
"A win is a win and it doesn't matter who it was against," Elarton said.
Mike MacDougal pitched a perfect ninth for his first save of the season.
Zach Miner (6-2) allowed five runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings for Detroit. The loss stopped his six-game winning streak.
"They beat me. They hit the ball well, made me work a lot and had some good at-bats," Miner said.
Guillen's 12th homer gave Detroit a 1-0 lead in the second but Kansas City scored four in the third. Brown and Esteban German hit run-scoring singles and Gathright singled in two runs.
Gathright's two-run triple in the fifth made it 6-1.
The Tigers threatened in the bottom half when a walk and an error put runners on first and second with none out. But Chris Shelton, who was on second, tried to advance to third on Alexis Gomez's flyout to center and was thrown out by Gathright for a double play.
"I didn't think he was going to try," Gathright said. "I came up and saw him take off. Pretty simple."
Vance Wilson followed with a single, but Elarton got Curtis Granderson on a groundout to end the inning.
Brown doubled in a run in the sixth to make it 7-1.
Thames hit a two-run homer in the sixth and a three-run drive in the eighth. He has 19 homers this season.
"Their guys kept us off balance and pitched a good game against us," Thames said.
After Gathright was hit by a pitch from Wilfredo Ledezma in the seventh, he and Wilson, the Detroit catcher, had words and the dugouts briefly cleared. But order was quickly restored.
"I just turned around and said something to myself," Gathright said. "And he thought I said something to him."
|Esteban German goes 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI in the Royals' victory. (AP)|
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|Kansas City Royals|
|David DeJesus, LF||6||1||4||0||0||0||0||.309|
|Tony Graffanino, SS||5||2||1||0||1||0||2||.276|
|Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B||5||0||0||0||0||1||5||.281|
|Emil Brown, RF||5||1||2||2||0||1||1||.283|
|Matt Stairs, DH||5||1||1||0||0||0||3||.268|
|Mark Teahen, 3B||3||1||0||0||2||1||1||.265|
|Esteban German, 2B||4||2||3||1||1||1||2||.341|
|Joey Gathright, CF||3||1||2||4||1||0||0||.211|
|Paul Phillips, C||5||0||1||1||0||0||3||.333|
|2B - Emil Brown (23, Ledezma)|
|3B - Joey Gathright (1, Ledezma)|
|RBI - Emil Brown 2 (46), Esteban German (12), Joey Gathright 4 (19), Paul Phillips (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Emil Brown (17), Esteban German (6), Joey Gathright 4 (7)|
|SB - Esteban German (4, 2nd base off Miner/V. Wilson)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|Outfield Assists - Joey Gathright 1|
|DP - Gathright-Teahen|
|E - Esteban German (6, Missed catch)|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Scott Elarton (W,4-9)||6||3||3||3||3||2||2||5.34|
|Ambiorix Burgos (H,2)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||5.82|
|Mike MacDougal (S,1)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Scott Elarton 96-62, Elmer Dessens 25-18, Ambiorix Burgos 20-9, Mike MacDougal 10-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Elarton 7-9, Ambiorix Burgos 2-0, Mike MacDougal 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Scott Elarton 24, Elmer Dessens 8, Ambiorix Burgos 4, Mike MacDougal 3|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||4||0||0||0||1||1||3||.275|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||4||2||1||0||1||0||1||.229|
|Omar Infante, 2B||5||1||1||0||0||1||2||.261|
|Marcus Thames, LF||4||2||2||5||0||0||1||.301|
|Carlos Guillen, SS||3||1||1||1||0||1||0||.300|
|Ramon Santiago, SS||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.206|
|Chris Shelton, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.281|
|Craig Monroe, DH||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.246|
|Alexis Gomez, RF||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.272|
|Vance Wilson, C||4||0||2||0||0||0||2||.304|
|HR - Marcus Thames 2 (19, Elarton, Dessens), Carlos Guillen (12, Elarton)|
|RBI - Marcus Thames 5 (43), Carlos Guillen (54)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Outfield Assists - Alexis Gomez 1|
|E - Carlos Guillen 2 (17, Wild throw), Omar Infante (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|Zach Miner (L,6-2)||4.1||8||5||5||2||1||0||3.30|
|IBB - Teahen by Zach Miner|
|HBP - Gathright (by Wil Ledezma)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Zach Miner 94-57, Wil Ledezma 73-40, Jason Grilli 21-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Miner 6-6, Wil Ledezma 4-4, Jason Grilli 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Zach Miner 23, Wil Ledezma 19, Jason Grilli 5|
|Attendance - 37893|
|Game Time - 3:22|
|Temperature - 93|
|Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Kerwin Danley|