Royals have Tigers number, win again 7-3

Everyone thought after a rough stretch against arguably the toughest division in baseball, the Tigers would start to turn it up against some weaker competition. Apparently, someone forgot to tell the Kansas City Royals that, as they have taken the first two games of the series from the Tigers. The first came on a questionable call, the second was simply a lopsided baseball game.

2 games, 2 results the opposite of one might expect when the Tigers took on the Royals, who coming in were the worst team in baseball. The Royals have simply outplayed their division foe, getting better pitching, hitting and fielding.

It started Wednesday night with Gary Knotts, who just wasn't able to shut down the Royals. And even worse, the defense certainly didn't help, committing a pair of errors on the night. Knotts pitched 5 innings, allowing 5 runs (only 3 earned) on 8 hits. Esteban Yan relieved Knotts, and couldn't do much more, as he allowed another pair of runs in 1 1/3 innings. Jamie Walker, Al Levine and Ugueth Urbina finished the game out without allowing another run, but the damage had already been done.

Opposite Knotts was Darrell May, who had an excellent start for Kansas City. May went 7 2/3 innings, allowing 3 runs. May got the win, his 2nd of the year. Jeremy Affeldt pitched the 9th again, this time without incident, to earn his 2nd save.

OF Alex Sanchez continued his hot hitting, with another 3 hits on the night. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to score any runs, and even got thrown out trying to steal 2nd (already the 10th time he's been caught this year). Rondell White had 3 hits in his 4 at bats, and Brandon Inge had a couple of hits and an RBI.

For the Royals, the entire top of the order was on top of their game. Mike Sweeney and Matt Stairs each had a pair of RBI, and Carlos Beltran had 2 runs and 2 hits.

The Tigers have now fallen to 3 games under .500, but will try to improve on that on Thursday in the series finale. Lefty Nate Robertson takes on Brian Anderson. First pitch is set for 2:10pm, the afternoon game will not be televised.

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