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Gathright leads Royals to first victory over Tigers in '06

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DETROIT -- The Kansas City Royals finally got the best of the Detroit Tigers.

Joey Gathright drove in four runs, Scott Elarton pitched six effective innings and Kansas City beat Detroit 9-6 Sunday for its first win against the Tigers this season.

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."

Marcus Thames homered twice and drove in five runs, and Carlos Guillen hit a home run for the Tigers, who own baseball's best record at 62-30.

"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."

Notes

  • Kansas City beat the Tigers 4-3 on Sept. 21 in its previous victory over Detroit.
  • Kansas City 1B Doug Mientkiewicz returned to the lineup after missing three games with a sore back.
  • Guillen's homer in the second inning gave him home runs on consecutive pitches. He had a game-winning home run in Friday night's game and didn't play on Saturday. He hit the first pitch in the second inning on Sunday.
  • Royals SS Tony Graffanino was 1-for-5 to stretch his hitting streak to 10 games (15-for-38), which matches his career high.
  • Before the game a new postage stamp featuring Hall of Famer and all-time Tiger great Hank Greenberg was displayed. Greenberg played first base and left field for Detroit in 1930, 1933-41 and 1945-46. He then played for the Pittsburgh Pirates the following season before retiring. Greenberg hit 331 home runs and batted .313 for his career.
 
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Esteban German goes 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI in the Royals' victory.  (AP)
Esteban German goes 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI in the Royals' victory. (AP)

Players of the Game
Detroit

M. Thames
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 5
Kansas City

J. Gathright
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 4
 

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Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, LF6140000 .309
Tony Graffanino, SS5210102 .276
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B5000015 .281
Emil Brown, RF5122011 .283
Matt Stairs, DH5110003 .268
Mark Teahen, 3B3100211 .265
Esteban German, 2B4231112 .341
Joey Gathright, CF3124100 .211
Paul Phillips, C5011003 .333
Totals4191485417 
Batting
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
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Joey Gathright 1
DP - Gathright-Teahen
E - Esteban German (6, Missed catch)
Kansas City Royals
Scott Elarton (W,4-9) 6333322 5.34
Elmer Dessens 1533011 4.86
Ambiorix Burgos (H,2) 1000110 5.82
Mike MacDougal (S,1) 1000000 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
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF4000113 .275
Brandon Inge, 3B4210101 .229
Omar Infante, 2B5110012 .261
Marcus Thames, LF4225001 .301
Carlos Guillen, SS3111010 .300
    Ramon Santiago, SS1010000 .206
Chris Shelton, 1B3000111 .281
Craig Monroe, DH4000000 .246
Alexis Gomez, RF3000100 .272
Vance Wilson, C4020002 .304
Totals356864410 
Batting
HR - Marcus Thames 2 (19, Elarton, Dessens), Carlos Guillen (12, Elarton)
RBI - Marcus Thames 5 (43), Carlos Guillen (54)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Alexis Gomez 1
E - Carlos Guillen 2 (17, Wild throw), Omar Infante (2, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
Zach Miner (L,6-2) 4.1855210 3.30
Wil Ledezma 3.1543320 4.05
Jason Grilli 1.1100010 3.56
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
Game Information
Attendance - 37893
Game Time - 3:22
Temperature - 93
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Kerwin Danley