Final

Series: Game 1 of 4

Kansas City leads 1-0 (as of 7/3)

Game 1: Thursday, July 3
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Game 2: Friday, July 4
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Game 3: Saturday, July 5
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Game 4: Sunday, July 6
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Tigers 2

(20-63, 12-30 away)

Royals 3

(45-38, 24-19 home)

    8:05 PM ET, July 3, 2003

    Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 

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    W: J. Affeldt (5-4)

    L: J. Bonderman (2-13)

    S: M. MacDougal (22)

    Tigers' Bonderman loses league-leading 13th

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Michael Tucker homered and Jeremy Affeldt pitched seven strong innings to lead the Kansas City Royals past the Detroit Tigers 3-2 Thursday night and make Jeremy Bonderman the major leagues' first 13-game loser.

    Affeldt (5-4) gave up five hits and two runs in seven innings as the Royals improved to 6-0 against the Tigers. It was the left-hander's first career victory in 11 starts at Kauffman Stadium. He walked one and struck out two.

    Mike MacDougal pitched the ninth for his 22nd save.

    Curtis Leskanic pitched the eighth for the Royals in his first appearance since being acquired from Milwaukee on Wednesday and struck out the side.

    The 20-year-old Bonderman (2-13), who'd been tied with teammates Adam Bernero and Mike Maroth with 12 losses, made his sixth straight solid start but lost his ninth straight decision.

    He went 6 1-3 innings and gave up three runs on six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.

    Bonderman, who entered the game with the lowest run support (2.28 runs per nine innings) among major league starters, took a two-hitter and a 2-0 lead into the fifth, but Tucker led off with his 11th home run.

    Bonderman then hit Angel Berroa, who went to second on a stolen base, took third on Brent Mayne's single and scored to make it 2-2 on a doubleplay grounder.

    Carlos Beltran singled in the sixth inning, stole second, and scored the tiebreaking run on Ken Harvey's single.

    Craig Monroe handed Bonderman a 1-0 lead with his eighth home run leading off the second, a 425-foot shot that carried into the water display behind left field. In the fifth, A. J. Hinch singled on an 0-2 pitch and scored on Andres Torres' double.

    Game notes


    Kansas City 3B Joe Randa sat out his second straight game with tightness on his right side. ... Bernero will be skipped in the rotation next week and replaced by reliever Willfredo Ledezma. Bernero will move to the bullpen ... The Royals put RHP Kyle Snyder on the 15-day DL with tightness in his shoulder and recalled RHP Brad Voyles from Triple-A Omaha. ... When Bonderman struck out the first two hitters of the game, he became the fifth under-21 pitcher to strike out 70 in a season for the Tigers. ... Berroa was hit by a pitch for the league-leading 12th time in the fifth inning.

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