Series: Game 4 of 4

Kansas City won 3-1

Game 1: Friday, September 12
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Game 2: Saturday, September 13
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Game 3: Sunday, September 14
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Game 4: Monday, September 15
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Royals 10

(77-73, 39-37 away)

Tigers 4

(38-111, 20-54 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 15, 2003

    Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

    R H E
    KC - -
    DET - -

    W: B. Anderson (12-11)

    L: G. Knotts (3-7)

    Royals roll over Detroit

    DETROIT (AP) -- Trying to avoid setting the post-1900 record for losses, the Detroit Tigers keep coming up against teams fighting for playoff spots.

    Detroit became the first AL team to lose 111 games since the 1939 St. Louis Browns, falling to Kansas City 10-4 Monday night as former Tiger Joe Randa drove in five runs.

    The Tigers lost their third in a row after winning the series opener.

    "A win is a win, even against them," Kansas City manager Tony Pena said. "They beat us in the first game, but now we've started to get some momentum. We need to keep that and take it into the next series."

    Kansas City remained three games behind Minnesota, which took over sole possession of the AL Central lead by winning at Cleveland, and closed within 2½ games of idle Chicago.

    "That's a good team, and they are still competing for a playoff spot," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "They looked flat when we beat them on Friday, and I thought maybe they were done, but they've come back and played three very good games. Now we are the ones looking flat again."

    At 38-111, the Tigers have the most defeats in the majors since the 1965 New York Mets lost 112 times and need five wins in their final 13 games to avoid matching the modern-day record of 120 losses, set by the 1962 Mets.

    "We made a gallant effort again tonight, and it got away from us in the end," Trammell said. "That's just how things have been this year."

    Randa tied his career high for RBI. He hit a three-run homer in the ninth, and Aaron Guiel homered later in the inning.

    Raul Ibanez had three hits and scored three times, and Brent Mayne homered for the Royals.

    "If we take care of business, we are going to be there at the end of the season," Ibanez said. "We've got to play Chicago tough and be ready if Minnesota falters."

    Brian Anderson (12-11) improved to 3-0 against the Tigers this year, with the first two wins coming for Cleveland.

    Anderson allowed four runs and 10 hits in 7 1/3 innings. Curtis Leskanic and Mike MacDougal finished.

    Gary Knotts (3-7) allowed four runs, four hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings. In his last two starts, Knotts has given up 14 runs in six innings.

    "I really don't have any answers right now," he said. "Not for today and not for this season. I'm going to have a lot to think about in the offseason."

    Detroit had a chance to take a 1-0 lead in the first but, with cleanup hitter Dmitri Young at the plate, Alex Sanchez easily was thrown out at the plate by Anderson while trying for a rare delayed steal of home. Trammell said that Sanchez attempted the play on his own.

    "I think that, in a situation like that, with their best RBI guy at the plate, trying to steal home might be a little too tricky," Anderson said. "But if you want to give me an out, I'll take it."

    After Knotts held the Royals hitless in the first two innings, they hit for the cycle in the span of five batters while scoring four runs in the third.

    With one out, Mayne hit a 405-foot homer over the right-center field scoreboard. After Angel Berroa walked, Carlos Beltran tripled off the scoreboard to make it 2-0.

    Mike Sweeney's single increased the lead to 3-0, and Ibanez doubled to put runners on second and third. Randa's groundout gave Kansas City its fourth run of the inning.

    Trammell thought Mayne's homer rattled Knotts.

    "Gary has to do a better job of getting past that homer," he said. "A solo homer is no big deal -- that's going to happen to everyone in this game. But it looked like it affected him for the rest of the inning, and suddenly he goes from having great stuff in the first two innings to being out of the game in the third."

    Detroit closed to 4-2 in the bottom of the third on a sacrifice fly by Shane Halter and a RBI single by Bobby Higginson.

    Kansas City made it 5-2 in the fifth on Guiel's RBI single, but Detroit got two runs in its half when Sanchez grounded into a run-scoring double play and Halter followed with his 11th homer.

    Randa's double increased the margin back to two runs in the seventh.

    Game notes

    Detroit Shock All-Star Swin Cash threw out the first pitch. The Shock and Los Angeles Sparks play in the deciding game of the WNBA finals Tuesday at the Palace of Auburn Hills. ... The game was a makeup of an April 8 rainout, and it drew just 9,342 fans. ... Halter's homer broke an 0-for-13 slump. ... Randa played for the Tigers in 1998. ... Rondell White was hit by a pitch in the third inning, increasing Kansas City's franchise-record total to 70 for the season. The previous mark was 64 in 1999.

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