Sweeney adds two-run homer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- As tired as Darrell May was, he could
still hardly wait to study film of his unorthodox victory over

The left-hander gave up a season-high 10 hits, but still beat
the Tigers 7-3 on Wednesday night.

Detroit's leadoff batter reached base in six of the seven
innings he worked, forcing him to work out of the stretch almost
the entire night.

"I was pitching good with runners on base," said May (2-8).
"Maybe I should have started off pitching from the stretch. I'm
going to have to go look at some video and see if there was
anything different out of the stretch compared to the windup."

Matt Stairs and Mike Sweeney hit two-run homers for the Royals,
who have won 15 of their last 20 against Detroit and could get
their first series sweep of the year with a win on Thursday.

"I'm very tired right now," said May, who walked one and
struck out two in 7 2-3 innings. "It really takes a lot of you
when you're pitching in jams. Fortunately, I was able to come up
with some big pitches."

One of the biggest was a strikeout of Ivan Rodriguez to end the
fifth with two runners on.

"It was one of my best sliders of the night," May said. "He's
really a tough out. I threw the ball right where I wanted to."

Detroit manager Alan Trammell was at a loss to explain how the
Tigers stranded nine runners against a pitcher who came in with an
ERA of 5.76.

"I wish I could answer that. I wish I could tell you," he
said. "I think it's playing on the guys' minds."

After leading the major leagues in scoring in April, the Tigers
have begun struggling for runs.

"We weren't going to continue the pace we were going,"
Trammell said. "Now we've gone the other way. Which group are

Jaime Cerda struck out Carlos Pena with the bases loaded to end
the eighth. Jeremy Affeldt retired two batters for his second save
in three chances.

Gary Knotts (1-1), making his third straight start after nine
relief appearances, gave up five runs -- three earned -- and eight
hits in five innings.

Alex Sanchez and Rondell White each had three hits for Detroit,
which outhit the Royals 12-10 while losing its third in a row.

Stairs' sixth homer put Kansas City ahead in the first, but
Brandon Inge cut the deficit in half with an RBI triple in the

After a throwing error by second baseman Omar Infante allowed
Carlos Beltran to score in the third, Benito Santiago followed with
an RBI single. Joe Randa, trying to score from second, was thrown
out at the plate by right fielder Craig Monroe.

Ken Harvey hit into a run-scoring double play in the fifth for a
5-1 lead, and Sweeney homered on a 3-0 pitch from Esteban Yan in
the seventh.

Carlos Guillen homered in the eighth, and Bobby Higginson
singled home a run off Scott Sullivan.

Game notes
Beltran prevented a run with a fine shoestring catch on
Inge with two outs in the fourth. ... When Santiago threw out
Sanchez trying to steal second in the first inning, it was the
league-leading 10th time Sanchez had been caught. It was just the
second time in 16 steal attempts that Santiago threw a runner out.
... Sanchez laid down his major league-leading 18th bunt single in
the third and added his 19th in the ninth. ... Harvey's
first-inning single bounced into umpire Eric Cooper standing behind
second base, preventing Harvey from taking a wide turn at first.