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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."
"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."
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."
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.
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."
|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|
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|Kansas City Royals|
|David DeJesus, RF||5||1||1||1||0||1||3||.303|
|Scott Podsednik, LF||4||0||2||0||1||0||0||.452|
|Billy Butler, 1B||4||1||2||0||1||0||3||.323|
|Jose Guillen, DH||4||2||2||1||1||1||2||.313|
|Rick Ankiel, CF||5||1||1||0||0||2||6||.313|
|Alberto Callaspo, 3B||5||0||2||2||0||0||4||.233|
|Jason Kendall, C||5||0||1||0||0||0||1||.310|
|Willie Bloomquist, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.000|
|Chris Getz, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.208|
|Yuniesky Betancourt, SS||4||0||2||1||0||0||2||.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|
|Dusty Hughes (L,0-1)||0||1||2||2||1||0||0||12.00|
|Juan Cruz (BS,1)||0.2||2||0||0||2||0||0||1.93|
|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|
|Austin Jackson, CF||4||1||1||1||1||1||1||.306|
|Johnny Damon, LF||3||1||1||0||1||1||1||.154|
|Don Kelly, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.286|
|Magglio Ordonez, RF||4||1||1||0||1||0||4||.371|
|Miguel Cabrera, 1B||3||0||0||1||1||1||2||.433|
|Carlos Guillen, DH||4||0||1||2||0||1||0||.313|
|Brandon Inge, 3B||3||1||1||0||1||0||2||.344|
|Gerald Laird, C||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.136|
|Scott Sizemore, 2B||3||1||2||1||0||0||1||.316|
|Adam Everett, SS||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.286|
|a- Ramon Santiago, PH-SS||1||0||0||0||1||0||1||.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)|
|Joel Zumaya (W,2-0)||2||3||1||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Ryan Perry (H,3)||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||1.93|
|Jose Valverde (S,2)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||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|
|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|