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Detroit at Kansas City

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Detroit (16-23)110000000291
Kansas City (17-21) «00200001x3121

Royals 3, Tigers 2

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jose Guillen has turned jeers into cheers.

He was booed after going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts to drop his average to .165 on May 5. Since then, Guillen has put together a five-game hitting streak, going 10-for-18, with five doubles, to raise his average to .216.

He drove in a pair of runs to help the Kansas City Royals rally to beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

"He's been swinging the bat pretty good the last week," said Mark Grudzielanek, who had three of the 12 Kansas City hits. "It's important for him to do that and get some hits. Nobody wants to be down there like that, especially a good hitter like him. Guillen's a great hitter and he's had success in the league for a lot of years. He's not going to be there (below .200). The big rallies, he's usually going to be in the middle of it."

Despite his average, Guillen is tied for the club-lead with 19 RBI.

"It's good to see that bat get going," Royals manager Trey Hillman said. "We need it. That's what we got him for. He's swinging the bat very well. The most important thing for me is we got behind and didn't panic. We got some key hits from Guillen."

Guillen has said do not worry about him, that he is normally a slow starter.

"Jose didn't really like the cold weather, so hopefully the more it heats up the more he heats up," Royals catcher John Buck said. "It gets really hot around here and I know he can get really hot, so we're all for it. We'll see how hot he gets when it gets around 100."

With the game tied 2-2 in the eighth inning, Guillen doubled with two outs off Francisco Cruceta (0-1). Esteban German ran for Guillen. After Billy Butler walked, Mark Teahen had an infield single, but Edgar Renteria committed a throwing error on a backhanded flip to second base, allowing German to score an unearned run.

"That's the only chance we had," Renteria said. "You take a chance like that. If we win the game, everything is all right. That's a tough play. In that situation you have to take the best chance you have and I thought it was my best chance. You always want to get an out that late in the game. It was just a reaction."

Leo Nunez (3-0), the third of four Kansas City pitchers picked up the victory. Joakim Soria worked a perfect ninth to earn his ninth save in as many opportunities. He has yet to give up an earned run.

Detroit left-hander Nate Robertson gave up a season-high 10 hits, but only two runs. He allowed at least one hit every inning except the seventh, but for the first time in eight starts did not walk a batter.

"I was commanding my slider," Robertson said. "I made pitches when I had to get an out. I'd like to have the pitch back to Guillen that I left out over the plate."

Guillen doubled home David DeJesus and Grudzielanek with two out in the third for the only runs Robertson would allow. Grudzielanek went 3-for-3 off Robertson and is 8-for-9 in his career against the pitcher.

"Grudzielanek finds a way," Robertson said. "He didn't hit any one of those balls very well."

Zack Greinke held the Tigers to two runs. His ERA did go up to 1.93, which ranks second in the American League.

Greinke gave up a run in the first when Carlos Guillen's one-out double scored Placido Polanco.

Matt Joyce homered in the second for the only other run Greinke would permit.

"Tonight was good, but it started off real bad," Greinke said. "I said just keep it right there, go six or seven and more than likely we're going to win the game."

The last-place Tigers have lost eight of 10 and have dropped all four games to the Royals this season.

Notes

Tigers LF Gary Sheffield drew his 1,400th career walk in the eighth. He is the 26th player in big league history to reach that plateau. ... Royals CF Joey Gathright picked up his 10th infield single in the third. ...Soria broke a Royals record with 16 scoreless appearances to start the season. RHP Hipolito Pichardo started the 1997 season with 15 scoreless appearances.

 
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Players of the Game
Kansas City

J. Guillen
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Detroit

N. Robertson
IP 7.0
H 10
ER 2
BB 0
K 2
 
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF5000013 .229
Placido Polanco, 2B5110001 .274
Carlos Guillen, 3B-1B4011011 .294
Magglio Ordonez, RF4000011 .306
Miguel Cabrera, 1B2020200 .262
    Brandon Inge, PR-3B0000000 .227
Gary Sheffield, LF3000103 .202
Matt Joyce, DH3121102 .333
Edgar Renteria, SS4010003 .266
Ivan Rodriguez, C4020013 .278
Totals3429244  
Batting
2B - Carlos Guillen (10, Greinke)
HR - Matt Joyce (2, Greinke)
RBI - Carlos Guillen (16), Matt Joyce (3)
2-OUT RBI - Matt Joyce (1)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Polanco-Renteria-Cabrera, Polanco-Cabrera
E - Edgar Renteria (4, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
Nate Robertson 71022020 6.04
Francisco Cruceta (L,0-1) 1210120 2.70
Pitches-Strikes - Nate Robertson 82-53, Francisco Cruceta 25-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Robertson 8-8, Francisco Cruceta 1-0
Batters Faced - Nate Robertson 28, Francisco Cruceta 6
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, LF4110001 .311
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B4130000 .328
Alex Gordon, 3B4000013 .274
Jose Guillen, DH4022002 .216
    Esteban German, PR-DH0100000 .091
Billy Butler, 1B3000101 .279
    Ross Gload, PR-1B0000000 .266
Mark Teahen, RF4020010 .270
John Buck, C4020013 .268
Tony Pena, SS3010011 .165
Joey Gathright, CF3010001 .250
Totals33312214  
Batting
2B - Jose Guillen 2 (13, Robertson, Cruceta), Tony Pena (3, Robertson)
RBI - Jose Guillen 2 (19)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Guillen 2 (9)
CS - John Buck (2, 2nd base by Robertson/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Gordon-Grudzielanek-Butler, Gordon-Grudzielanek-Butler
E - Tony Pena (4, Misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
Zack Greinke 6922221 1.93
Ramon Ramirez 1.1000220 1.06
Leo Nunez (W,3-0) 0.2000000 1.72
Joakim Soria (S,9) 1000000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 100-62, Ramon Ramirez 31-17, Leo Nunez 6-4, Joakim Soria 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 8-6, Ramon Ramirez 2-0, Joakim Soria 3-0
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 27, Ramon Ramirez 6, Leo Nunez 2, Joakim Soria 3
Game Information
Attendance - 11703
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Ed Montague, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi