Bullpen can't stop Royals in 5-3 loss

While most of metro Detroit was pre-occupied with the NBA Eastern Conference Finals game 6 up I-75 in Auburn Hills, the Tigers did have a baseball game Tuesday night, unfortunately it looked like the bullpen forgot to show up. The Royals scored 4 unanswered runs and despite a threat in the bottom of the 9th, the Tigers didn't have enough to come back this time around.

The offense scored a few, but the bullpen just couldn't hold it on Tuesday night. Nate Robertson left the game with a 3-1 lead, but Jamie Walker then allowed a 2-run double by Carlos Beltran that tied the game up. Al Levine and Steve Colyer were able to hold the Royals down, but Esteban Yan couldn't as they tagged him for a pair of runs in the top of the 9th inning. In the bottom of the ninth the Tigers were able to get the go-ahead run to the plate, but Dmitri Young struck out and Rondell White popped out to end the threat and the game.

The starters mirrored each, as both Robertson and Chris George went 6 2/3 innings, allowing 3 runs. The one notable difference - Robertson had 7 strikeouts, George only had one. Royals reliever Jason Grimsley earned the win in relief, while Jeremy Affeldt got his 4th save. Yan got the loss for Detroit.

On offense, C Ivan Rodriguez had a pair of hits to go with an RBI, but no one else did anything notable for the Tigers. Beltran had the big game-tying double for the Royals, and Ken Harvey went 3-for-4 with 2 RBI.

The Tigers, back at 5 games below .500, will look to get revenge Wednesday night. Jason Johnson goes up against Zack Greinke, game time is at 7:05pm on Fox Sports Detroit.


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