Offense explodes in 9-1 Tiger victory

After getting swept over the weekend by the Boston Red Sox, the Tigers came out determined on Monday against the Royals. Nate Robertson, the only starter who didn't pitch against Boston, dominated the Royals, while the offense came alive, led by 3 Home Runs - 2 from Craig Monroe who continues his tear after returning from the Disabled List.

Nate Robertson is slowly picking up steam as he comes into the finish. After a rough stretch in early August, Robertson has been on as of late, winning his last 3 decisions, the latest win coming at the hands of the Royals on Monday night.

Robertson went the distance, giving up 1 run on 6 hits, striking out 7. One of the most impressive statistics however was his pitch count; he threw 101 pitches in the complete game, and 77 of them were strikes. Robertson leads the team with 12 wins, and is gaining recognition among baseball circles as one of the better young pitchers in the game.

Mike Wood, the Royals starter, wasn't quite as impressive. Wood gave up 7 runs in 5 innings, and took the loss for Kansas City. Matt Kinney relieved him, but didn't do much better, giving up another 3 runs in 3 2/3 innings.

At the plate, Craig Monroe was the star for the Tigers. Monroe went 2-for-5 with 2 Home Runs and 5 RBI. Ivan Rodriguez also had a good game, going 2-for-5 with a Home Run and 2 RBI. In scoring that run from that Home Run, Pudge scored his 1,000th run of his career, a big milestone for the future Hall-of-Famer. Carlos Guillen chipped in with 2 RBI, and Carlos Pena scored a pair of runs.

Not much doing from the Royals, as Calvin Pickering got their lone run off a solo shot in the 5th inning.

The two teams meet again on Tuesday, when Jason Johnson goes up against Brian Anderson. Same time (8:10pm), same place (Kauffman Stadium).

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