Royals topple Tigers, 8-1

The Tiger offense couldn't get much going against Royals starter Jimmy Gobble, and the Royals top hitters - Carlos Beltran and Mike Sweeney - just couldn't be slowed down, no matter which pitcher the Tigers threw at them. The Royals will certainly not be the same team once they move Beltran, but for the time being, the Tigers will still have to face the dangerous Center Fielder.

Mike Maroth didn't have his best start of the year, but he certainly didn't pitch poorly. Over 6 1/3 innings, he gave up 4 runs (3 earned) on on 9 hits, walking 1 and striking out 2. He left the game with the Tigers in a hole, but the bullpen couldn't even keep them within shouting distance, as Craig Dingman allowed another run after relieving Maroth, and then Ugueth Urbina got beat up for 3 runs in the 8th inning.

The Royals on the other hand had no such problems. Starter Jimmy Gobble went 6 2/3 innings, but only allowed 1 run on 4 hits. Then, Nate Field relieved him, pitching the final 2 1/3 innings without allowing a hit to get his 2nd save of the year.

With only 4 hits, the Tigers obviously had little going offensively. C Ivan Rodriguez had the Tigers only RBI, on a double to left that scored Brandon Inge. The Royals meanwhile got contributions from almost everyone in the lineup. Carlos Beltran launched a 2-run Home Run, and Mike Sweeney had a 3-run bomb off Urbina in the 8th. Joe Randa and Angel Berroa each had 2 hits and an RBI as well.

The Tigers will try and get things back together on Wednesday and end their 4-game losing streak, when Gary Knotts faces Darrell May at 8:10pm.


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