Kansas City at Detroit

W: J. Zumaya (2-0) L: D. Hughes (0-1)
S: J. Valverde (2)
HR: KC - D. DeJesus (1), J. Guillen (4)   DET - None

Guillen's double caps rally as Tigers post another comeback win

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers know they can't expect to keep overcoming big deficits.

For the moment, though, they're going to keep enjoying the results.

On Tuesday, the Tigers scored six runs in the seventh to beat the Kansas City Royals 6-5 -- the second time in three days that Detroit had won despite trailing 5-0.

"We were able to score runs late again," said Johnny Damon, who singled and scored during the latest rally. "Hopefully, sometime this year we can score some runs early and make it easier on our pitchers, but the fact that we are going out and winning these games says a lot about our team."

Jose Guillen hit his fourth home run in three games as the Royals took a 5-0 lead against Dontrelle Willis and the Detroit bullpen. But just like Sunday, when the Tigers fell behind 5-0 to Cleveland, they recovered to win.

The Tigers (6-2) are now 4-1 in games when they trail after six innings -- a trend that manager Jim Leyland doesn't figure to continue.

"This is a team that is going to play nine innings, and that's a good thing," he said. "But I can certainly assure you that if you put yourself into situations like this all year, you aren't going to win. It just won't happen. We need to get out early in some games and give ourselves a cushion."

Royals manager Trey Hillman, meanwhile, was again searching for answers from his bullpen. Starter Brian Bannister left with one out in the seventh and a 5-1 lead, only to see three relievers give away the game in a span of seven hitters.

"I've never seen anything like that, and I know I've never used that many pitches that fast," Hillman said. "It was disheartening, disappointing, unbelievable and a lot of other words that I don't want to use."

Bannister hadn't allowed a runner into scoring position through six innings, but Hillman took him out after Brandon Inge walked and Gerald Laird hit an RBI double.

"There's a lot of times that a pitcher loses it in a hurry in their second or third start of the season, and that's what happened to Banny," Hillman said. "We need someone to step up at that point and throw strikes, but no one did. We're 3-5, the bullpen has had an impact on all eight games, and that impact has been negative a lot more than it has been positive."

Scott Sizemore hit Roman Colon's second pitch for a run-scoring double and with two outs, Austin Jackson pulled the Tigers within 5-3 with Detroit's third RBI double in four batters.

Dusty Hughes (0-1) came in, but didn't retire either batter he faced, leaving Juan Cruz to face Miguel Cabrera with the bases loaded. A four-pitch walk brought in Detroit's fourth run, and Carlos Guillen hit a two-run double on the next pitch to put Detroit up 6-5.

"I think we knew that, with the way Bannister was pitching, our best chance was probably to get to their bullpen," Jackson said. "That's the key to beating a lot of good ballclubs. You don't always want to be playing from behind like this, but we have confidence that, no matter what point it is in the game, we have a chance to come back."

Reliever Joel Zumaya (2-0) picked up the win and Jose Valverde pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.

Willis continued to struggle with his command, allowing four runs on nine hits and three walks in five innings.

"His problem was obvious -- he wasn't really erratically wild, but there were too many two-ball counts when he was behind the hitter," Leyland said. "We were short of pitchers today, so we had to work through it, but when you get behind hitters 2-0, they are going to hurt you."

The Royals left the bases loaded against Willis in the first, but took advantage of their next scoring opportunity. David DeJesus led off the third with his first homer of the season, and with one out, Scott Podsednik walked and took third on Guillen's double.

Willis struck out Rick Ankiel, but Alberto Callaspo made it 3-0 with a two-run single.

Guillen made it 4-0 with a homer in the fifth and the Royals added a fifth run off Zumaya in the seventh on Yuniesky Betancourt's RBI single.

"We definitely left some runs on the table -- especially against Willis," Jason Kendall said. "That came back and hurt us. This was a tough loss, but that's what happens in this game."


  • Both teams threw over 150 pitches for the second game in a row.
  • Leyland said after the game that Jackson, who has hits in seven of Detroit's eight games, will get a day off on Wednesday. Ryan Raburn will play center field.
  • Podsednik stole third base in the first inning -- Kansas City's 12th steal this season without getting caught.
  • Inge's eight-game hitting streak is the longest to start a season by a Tiger since Rondell White had an eight-gamer in 2005.
  • Damon failed to drive in a run, leaving him stuck on 999 for his career.
  • Jose Guillen's homer was his 199th.
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Carlos Guillen gives Detroit the lead in the seventh as Detroit wipes out a 5-0 deficit against the Royals. (AP)
Carlos Guillen gives Detroit the lead in the seventh as Detroit wipes out a 5-0 deficit against the Royals. (AP)

Players of the Game

S. Sizemore
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
Kansas City

A. Callaspo
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0

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Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, RF5111013 .303
Scott Podsednik, LF4020100 .452
Billy Butler, 1B4120103 .323
Jose Guillen, DH4221112 .313
Rick Ankiel, CF5110026 .313
Alberto Callaspo, 3B5022004 .233
Jason Kendall, C5010001 .310
Willie Bloomquist, 2B4000014 .000
    Chris Getz, 2B1000000 .208
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4021002 .250
2B - Jose Guillen (3, Willis)
HR - David DeJesus (1, Willis), Jose Guillen (4, Willis)
RBI - David DeJesus (3), Jose Guillen (8), Alberto Callaspo 2 (4), Yuniesky Betancourt (3)
2-OUT RBI - Alberto Callaspo 2 (2), Yuniesky Betancourt (1)
SB - Scott Podsednik (6, 3rd base off Willis/Laird)
Team LOB - 12
Kansas City Royals
Brian Bannister 6.1422240 2.19
Roman Colon 0.1222000 18.00
Dusty Hughes (L,0-1)0122100 12.00
Juan Cruz (BS,1) 0.2200200 1.93
Luis Mendoza 0.2000100 24.00
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Bannister 93-54, Roman Colon 14-8, Dusty Hughes 12-5, Juan Cruz 21-10, Luis Mendoza 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Bannister 3-12, Juan Cruz 2-0, Luis Mendoza 2-0
Batters Faced - Brian Bannister 25, Roman Colon 3, Dusty Hughes 2, Juan Cruz 6, Luis Mendoza 3
Detroit Tigers
Austin Jackson, CF4111111 .306
Johnny Damon, LF3110111 .154
    Don Kelly, LF1000003 .286
Magglio Ordonez, RF4110104 .371
Miguel Cabrera, 1B3001112 .433
Carlos Guillen, DH4012010 .313
Brandon Inge, 3B3110102 .344
Gerald Laird, C4121001 .136
Scott Sizemore, 2B3121001 .316
Adam Everett, SS2000002 .286
   a- Ramon Santiago, PH-SS1000101 .267
a-fouled out for Everett in the 7th
2B - Austin Jackson (4, Colon), Carlos Guillen (2, Cruz), Gerald Laird (1, Bannister), Scott Sizemore (2, Colon)
SH - Scott Sizemore (2)
RBI - Austin Jackson (4), Miguel Cabrera (9), Carlos Guillen 2 (5), Gerald Laird (1), Scott Sizemore (3)
2-OUT RBI - Austin Jackson (1), Miguel Cabrera (3), Carlos Guillen 2 (2)
Team LOB - 9
E - Miguel Cabrera (2, Missed catch of throw)
Detroit Tigers
Dontrelle Willis 5944332 4.91
Joel Zumaya (W,2-0) 2310010 0.00
Ryan Perry (H,3) 1100010 1.93
Jose Valverde (S,2) 1000000 2.25
WP - Joel Zumaya (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Dontrelle Willis 104-63, Joel Zumaya 33-20, Ryan Perry 10-9, Jose Valverde 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dontrelle Willis 6-6, Joel Zumaya 4-2, Ryan Perry 1-1, Jose Valverde 3-0
Batters Faced - Dontrelle Willis 27, Joel Zumaya 10, Ryan Perry 4, Jose Valverde 3
Game Information
Attendance - 18414
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 47
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Jerry Crawford, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi