Tigers fall to Royals, Again, 7-3

The Tigers, for whatever reason, just cannot get the best of the Kansas City Royals. Starter Gary Knotts had a rough beginning to the game, giving up 4 runs in the first inning, and the Tiger offense couldn't do much to keep the team in the game, outside of Pudge Rodriguez' 10th Home Run of the season.

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.

Darrell May, who got the win for his outing, went 7 innings, only allowing 2 runs and striking out 4. Scott Sullivan and Jeremy Affeldt each pitched an inning to close it out.

Besides Rodriguez' 2-run Home Run, there wasn't much offense for Detroit. Craig Monroe and Brandon Inge each had 3 hits for Detroit, and Omar Infante scored a run in the 9th after a leadoff triple.

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.

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