Gary Knotts didn't start the game out how he wanted. The Royals got 4 runs off of him in the very first inning, putting the Tigers in a big hole. Knotts did his best to keep the damage where it was, going 5 more innings without allowing a run and striking out a career-high 9 batters, but the offense was never able to put up a serious challenge.
And any chance the Tigers did have of getting back in the game was erased in the 8th, when Franklyn German allowed 3 more runs to score - all 3 were unearned though, due to a pair of erros, one by German himself. Only an amazing double play by Omar Infante and Carlos Guillen kept the damage where it was.
For the Royals, Dee Brown and Ken Harvey each had 2 RBI, providing the damage for the Royals, unlike Tuesday night when it was Carlos Beltran and Mike Sweeney - the team's name players - doing the destruction.
The Tigers, now 8 games under .500, will try and salvage a game of the 3-game set Thursday afternoon. Nate Robertson faces another lefty, Chris George. First pitch is at 2:10pm.