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Gordon, Callaspo power Royals to surprising sweep of Tigers

CBSSports.com wire reports
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When the first-place Detroit Tigers rolled into last-place Kansas City this week, they had good reason to hope for a three-game sweep.

Instead, the Tigers got swept themselves - by three spot starters.

Alex Gordon and Alberto Callaspo homered in a 7-4 victory Thursday and the Royals surprised Detroit with their first three-game sweep of an American League team at home all season. They're on their first four-game winning streak since June 12-16.

"It feels absolutely tremendous, especially considering the three starters that we did it against," Kansas City manager Trey Hillman said. "I'm really proud of what we were able to do this series."

With Minnesota also losing on Thursday, the Tigers retained their 5½-game lead in the AL Central as they headed back to Detroit for a seven-game homestand. But the momentum they brought to Kansas City on the heels of a six-game winning streak had definitely disappeared.

"Anybody who starts believing on how good they are is crazy, 'cause the baseball gods will bite you," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.

Zach Miner (6-5) gave up three runs and five hits in relief for the Tigers, who were fresh off a three-game sweep at Tampa Bay.

Not only had the Royals dropped four in a row when the Tigers arrived, they were missing injured pitchers Gil Meche and Brian Bannister and had lost 24 of their last 33 to Detroit at home.

But beginning with Bruce Chen on Tuesday night, the Royals proceeded to win with three straight spot starters, overcoming Detroit's Rick Porcello, Justin Verlander and Jarrod Washburn.

"That's how baseball is," said Washburn, who went five innings and was charged with three runs on seven hits. "Anybody can beat anybody on a given day. Kansas City is playing good baseball right now and took it to us for three days."

Yuniesky Betancourt drove in two runs for Kansas City, which has been struggling to avoid a 100-loss season for the fifth time in eight years.

Roman Colon (2-3) got the win with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief while Carlos Rosa, another September call-up, pitched the ninth for his first major league save.

Gordon's leadoff homer in the sixth on Miner's fourth pitch tied it 4-all and Billy Butler's RBI single four batters later put the Royals on top 5-4. Callaspo, who also had a sacrifice fly, hit a solo homer in the eighth.

Callaspo's home run was upheld by video review. Umpires looked at the replay to see if a fan reached over the fence to catch the ball.

Kansas City pecked away for single runs in the first, second and fourth, taking a 3-0 lead over Washburn before the Tigers scored two in the fifth on Gerald Laird's sacrifice fly and Placido Polanco's RBI single.

Detroit jumped on relievers Yasuhiko Yabuta and Colon to take a 4-3 lead in the sixth with an RBI single by Wilkin Ramirez and Adam Everett's RBI double.

Lenny DiNardo, a September call-up from Triple-A Omaha whose last major league win came in April 2008, went five innings for the Royals and gave up seven hits and two runs.

"I had a few butterflies. It's been about a year since I've been able to pitch in the big leagues," he said.

The Royals turned three of their five double plays when DiNardo was pitching.

"I got the ground balls when I needed to and the defense behind me made some really great plays. They were great back there," he said.

Callaspo had a sacrifice fly in the first and Betancourt's RBI single made it 2-0 in the second. In the fourth, Betancourt doubled and scored on Willie Bloomquist's single.

Magglio Ordonez had three hits for the Tigers.

Notes

  • Royals OF David DeJesus stretched his hitting streak to 11 games.
  • The video review was the second in Kansas City this year.
 
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Alberto Callaspo makes his one hit count, connecting for his ninth homer of the season.  (AP)
Alberto Callaspo makes his one hit count, connecting for his ninth homer of the season. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

Y. Betancourt
AB 2
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Detroit

W. Ramirez
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Detroit Tigers
Ryan Raburn, CF-LF4120102 .284
Placido Polanco, 2B5011014 .276
Magglio Ordonez, RF4030110 .289
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4010113 .335
Marcus Thames, DH3020000 .254
   a- Aubrey Huff, PH-DH1010000 .245
    Don Kelly, PR-DH1000000 .245
Brandon Inge, 3B4110012 .231
Wilkin Ramirez, LF3221001 .400
    Curtis Granderson, CF1000002 .253
Gerald Laird, C2011000 .218
Adam Everett, SS4011011 .237
Totals36415435  
a-singled for Thames in the 7th
Batting
2B - Ryan Raburn (11, DiNardo), Adam Everett (18, Colon)
3B - Wilkin Ramirez (1, DiNardo)
SF - Gerald Laird (4)
RBI - Placido Polanco (64), Wilkin Ramirez (3), Gerald Laird (29), Adam Everett (41)
2-OUT RBI - Placido Polanco (29)
Team LOB - 10
Detroit Tigers
Jarrod Washburn 5733310 3.60
Zach Miner (BS,3; L,6-5) 1533101 4.74
Fu-Te Ni0000100 3.20
Eddie Bonine 2111111 6.11
Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Washburn 105-66, Zach Miner 28-17, Fu-Te Ni 6-2, Eddie Bonine 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Washburn 8-6, Zach Miner 1-2, Eddie Bonine 4-1
Batters Faced - Jarrod Washburn 25, Zach Miner 9, Fu-Te Ni 1, Eddie Bonine 8
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, LF3110213 .275
Willie Bloomquist, RF4021103 .257
Billy Butler, 1B5021005 .305
Miguel Olivo, C5010015 .245
Alberto Callaspo, 2B4112003 .297
Brayan Pena, DH3010103 .275
    Josh Anderson, PR-DH0100000 .247
   a- Mike Jacobs, PH-DH1000000 .237
Mitch Maier, CF5020001 .251
Alex Gordon, 3B3211101 .206
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS2222100 .241
Totals35713762  
a-grounded out for Anderson in the 8th
Batting
2B - Yuniesky Betancourt (18, Washburn)
HR - Alberto Callaspo (9, Bonine), Alex Gordon (4, Miner)
SF - Alberto Callaspo (4), Yuniesky Betancourt (6)
RBI - Willie Bloomquist (26), Billy Butler (77), Alberto Callaspo 2 (57), Alex Gordon (12), Yuniesky Betancourt 2 (40)
2-OUT RBI - Willie Bloomquist (13)
SB - Miguel Olivo (4, 2nd base off Washburn/Laird), Alex Gordon (5, 2nd base off Washburn/Laird)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Betancourt-Callaspo-Butler, Callaspo-Betancourt-Butler, Gordon-Callaspo-Butler, Gordon-Callaspo-Butler, Butler
Kansas City Royals
Lenny DiNardo 5722340 3.60
Yasuhiko Yabuta (BS,1) 0.1222000 12.71
Roman Colon (W,2-3) 1.1400010 5.31
Dusty Hughes (H,1) 1.1100000 0.00
Carlos Rosa (S,1) 1100000 0.00
HBP - Laird (by Dusty Hughes)
WP - Yasuhiko Yabuta (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Lenny DiNardo 88-56, Yasuhiko Yabuta 14-6, Roman Colon 22-14, Dusty Hughes 17-9, Carlos Rosa 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Lenny DiNardo 6-2, Roman Colon 2-1, Dusty Hughes 2-1, Carlos Rosa 1-1
Batters Faced - Lenny DiNardo 22, Yasuhiko Yabuta 3, Roman Colon 8, Dusty Hughes 5, Carlos Rosa 3
Game Information
Attendance - 12029
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Marty Foster