The Tigers, whose 21-64 record is the worst in the major
leagues, have hit seven home runs in their last two games and 12 in
their last seven. Sanchez's shot in the fourth inning was the
second of his career and put the Tigers on top 6-0 in the fourth.
Mike Maroth (4-12) gave up four runs and eight hits in 7 2-3
innings, with two strikeouts and three walks and won for the third
time in four decisions.
Until Raul Ibanez homered with two outs in the eighth, Maroth
had retired 13 of 14 batters while pitching the Tigers to their
first victory in eight meetings with the Royals. He also avoided
joining teammate Jeremy Bonderman as the major's only 13-game
Sanchez, homerless since Aug. 31 when he played for Milwaukee,
hit a 2-2 pitch 390 feet over the fence in right off rookie Brad
Young hit his 17th home run off Voyles in the first inning and
Witt made it 3-0 with his sixth in the third.
Voyles, looking for his first major league win, went four
innings and gave up six runs on eight hits, with five strikeouts
and two walks.
The Tigers loaded the bases against Kris Wilson in the fifth and
got a run on Hinch's sacrifice fly.
Witt, who had three hits, singled in a run in the ninth and Eric
Munson finished the scoring for the Tigers with a sacrifice fly.
Royals catcher Mike DiFelice was ejected by home plate umpire
Randy Marsh after an unusual play in the sixth. Sanchez bunted up
the first-base line and DiFelice watched as the ball rolled slowly
away, just inches from the line. Just as the ball was about to
stop, apparently in fair territory, DiFelice swiped at it and
knocked it into foul ground. Marsh immediately signaled fair ball,
then tossed DiFelice when the catcher yelled at him.
RHP Runelvys Hernandez, out since May 17 with inflammation
in his right elbow, threw a simulated game on Saturday and hopes to
start against Texas next Friday. ... Angel Berroa had no trouble
stealing second in the second inning because nobody covered the bag
for the Tigers.