Royals outslug Tigers 13-7

With the exception of a few bad pitches from Jeremy Bonderman, the Tigers starting pitching has been very good as of late. Unfortunately, Gary Knotts didn't keep that streak going on Thursday afternoon, as the Royals hit Knotts hard, and while the offense put runs up, they weren't able to score enough to keep up with Kansas City.

Gary Knotts made his rotation debut in May after Nate Cornejo was placed on the Disabled List. He started out strong, but has since tailed off as of late, losing 3 of his last 4 starts.

The 3rd loss came Thursday afternoon, when Knotts just couldn't keep the Royals off the basepaths. Knotts allowed 6 hits and walked 3 in 4 1/3 innings. During that time, he gave up 8 runs (7 earned). Wilfredo Ledezma came in and provided 3 innings of relief while keeping the team in the game. But then Danny Patterson came in, and struggled in his first appearance since coming off the DL, giving up 3 more runs and signaling the end for the game.

Jimmy Gobble's start opposite Knotts wasn't real impressive, 5 runs allowed in 5 2/3 innings. But it was better than Knotts, and because of it, he got the win.

At the plate, the Tigers were led by their #1 and #9 hitters, Omar Infante and Nook Logan. Omar Infante launched a pair of Home Runs on his way to a 2-for-5 day with 3 RBI. CF Nook Logan had another good game in his 2nd game up from Toledo, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

The Royals had plenty to talk about offensively, but no one more than Mike Sweeney. Sweeney had 2 Home Runs and 7 RBI, helping take down the Tigers. SS Angel Berroa also went 3-for-4 with 4 runs scored and an RBI.

The Tigers now head off to Chicago for a 3-game set with the White Sox. Nate Robertson is slated to face White Sox ace Esteban Loaiza at 8:05pm.

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