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Detroit at Kansas City

W: A. Galarraga (3-0) L: S. Ponson (0-3)
S: F. Rodney (4)
HR: DET - B. Inge (7)   KC - M. Aviles (1)

Tigers 3, Royals 2

CBSSports.com wire reports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Brandon Inge is back at third base, and it's paying off at the plate.

Inge hit a two-run homer and Armando Galarraga pitched six solid innings to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Sunday.

Inge connected in the second, driving a 1-1 pitch from Sidney Ponson out to left with Jeff Larish aboard after a single. Inge is hitting .323 with seven home runs and 17 RBI after slumping to a .205 average, 11 home runs and 51 RBI last year.

"He's back at third base where he wants to be," manager Jim Leyland said. "It wasn't his fault last year. It's just the way it worked out. He knows he's going to be in there every day for the most part. He's comfortable and I think it's helped him a lot.

"He's in a good groove. I don't want to make a big deal out of his home runs. I just want him to hit the ball hard. If he does that, he'll hit some home runs because he's real strong."

Inge, who started 56 games at catcher and 33 at third last year, has reached base in 18 consecutive games, the longest streak by a Tiger to begin the season since he started 2005 by reaching in the first 21 games.

"I'm not even trying to hit home runs," Inge said. "I don't even think about the outcome. I'm trying to get prepared as the pitch is coming and let everything I worked on in this offseason take over, like the hand position and to take over naturally, not thinking about it about it all. I say the mindset is the best thing I got going right now."

Galarraga (3-0) allowed one run and three hits, struck out seven and walked five.

"It was tough," Galarraga said. "I'm not happy at all, too many walks and getting behind hitters. I'm happy because we won."

Jose Guillen singled in Coco Crisp in the third but the Royals left the bases loaded when Alberto Callaspo grounded out. Kansas City is 2-for-17 with the bases loaded this season.

Bobby Seay, Ryan Perry and Fernando Rodney held the Royals to one run and one hit over the final three innings to preserve the victory. Rodney gave up Mike Aviles' one-out home run in the ninth before finishing for his fourth save in four tries.

Detroit went ahead 3-1 in the fifth. Josh Anderson, who went 3-for-3 and has hit safely in seven of his past eight games, led off with a single and stole second. Anderson moved up on Adam Everett's groundout and scored on Dane Sardinha's sacrifice fly.

"Over the course of the year, there are going to be a lot of one-run, two-run games, so anytime you can manufacture runs it's huge," Anderson said. "Our pitching was phenomenal today. It was great to get a win today because anytime you can go on the road for 12 days and finish above .500 (5-4) that's big."

Ponson (0-3) gave up three runs and six hits in eight innings. He struck out seven and walked none after walking 10 in 15 1/3 innings over his previous three starts. He threw 73 of his 107 pitches for strikes.

"I attacked the zone much better," Ponson said. "I got more strikes than balls. I just had one bad slider to Inge and it cost me the game. It was up. I'll take this kind of start any day."

The Royals went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position in losing the final two games to the Tigers.

"The bottom line is we've got to get the big hit," manager Trey Hillman said. "We've got to get the offense going and plate some runs. It's not just one guy. We're not clicking."

Royals catcher Miguel Olivo struck out three times, bringing his total to 17 in 38 at-bats.


The Tigers placed backup C Matt Treanor on the 15-day disabled list with a hip injury that will require surgery. Sardinha was promoted from Triple-A Toledo to replace him on the roster. ... Royals closer RHP Joakim Soria, who was unable to pitch in the weekend series because of a sore right shoulder, made about 30 throws from a flat surface Sunday. ... Detroit OF-DH Carlos Guillen was held out with a sore right Achilles'. ... Callaspo doubled in the sixth, extending his hitting streak to nine games, the longest by a Royal this season.
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Players of the Game

B. Inge
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1

A. Galarraga
IP 6.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 5
K 7

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Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF4000020 .250
Placido Polanco, 2B4000010 .257
Magglio Ordonez, RF4000010 .257
Miguel Cabrera, DH3010100 .382
Jeff Larish, 1B4110002 .176
Brandon Inge, 3B3112010 .323
Josh Anderson, LF3130000 .364
Adam Everett, SS3000013 .278
Dane Sardinha, C2001011 .000
HR - Brandon Inge (7, Ponson)
SF - Dane Sardinha (1)
RBI - Brandon Inge 2 (17), Dane Sardinha (1)
SB - Josh Anderson (6, 2nd base off Ponson/Olivo)
Team LOB - 2
PB - Dane Sardinha (1)
Detroit Tigers
Armando Galarraga (W,3-0) 6311570 1.85
Bobby Seay (H,6) 1000000 0.00
Ryan Perry (H,3) 1000120 1.42
Fernando Rodney (S,4) 1111001 3.86
HBP - Guillen (by Armando Galarraga), Teahen (by Armando Galarraga)
Pitches-Strikes - Armando Galarraga 107-64, Bobby Seay 11-8, Ryan Perry 22-12, Fernando Rodney 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Armando Galarraga 9-1, Bobby Seay 3-0, Fernando Rodney 2-1
Batters Faced - Armando Galarraga 27, Bobby Seay 3, Ryan Perry 4, Fernando Rodney 4
Kansas City Royals
Coco Crisp, CF3100200 .250
David DeJesus, LF5000021 .200
Mark Teahen, 3B2010100 .344
Jose Guillen, DH3011011 .176
Mike Jacobs, 1B3000112 .246
Alberto Callaspo, 2B3010103 .377
Miguel Olivo, C3000031 .184
   a- John Buck, PH-C1000011 .300
Mitch Maier, RF3000110 .143
Mike Aviles, SS4111002 .175
a-struck out for Olivo in the 8th
2B - Alberto Callaspo (5, Galarraga)
HR - Mike Aviles (1, Rodney)
RBI - Jose Guillen (1), Mike Aviles (5)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Guillen (1)
SB - Mark Teahen (1, 3rd base off Galarraga/Sardinha)
CS - Coco Crisp (2, 2nd base by Galarraga/Sardinha)
Team LOB - 9
DP - Aviles-Jacobs, Jacobs-Aviles-Cruz
Kansas City Royals
Sidney Ponson (L,0-3) 8633071 5.79
Juan Cruz 1000100 2.08
Pitches-Strikes - Sidney Ponson 101-73, Juan Cruz 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sidney Ponson 12-4, Juan Cruz 1-1
Batters Faced - Sidney Ponson 29, Juan Cruz 3
Game Information
Attendance - 13520
Game Time - 2:31
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Todd Tichenor