DETROIT (AP) -- Mike Sweeney watched Detroit walk the batter in
front of him and got himself ready.
Sweeney followed with a go-ahead single in the ninth inning
Tuesday night that sent the Kansas City Royals past the Detroit
Tigers 5-3.With the score 3-all, pinch-hitter Desi Relaford singled off
Esteban Yan (0-1) and moved to second on an error by the pitcher,
who threw wildly to first after catching Tony Graffanino's popup on
a bunt attempt.Carlos Beltran was intentionally walked to bring up Sweeney, who
then singled up the middle. Ken Harvey followed with a RBI single
for his third hit of the game."When they walk the guy in front of you, it's a challenge,"
Sweeney said. "Just a one-on-one battle with a good pitcher like
Esteban Yan, and I came up big in that situation."Jason Grimsley (3-1) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings for the
win, and Jeremy Affeldt got three outs for his fourth save in five
chances, retiring Rondell White on a game-ending popout with two
on.Kansas City's Chris George gave up three runs, six hits and five
walks in 6 2-3 innings in his first major league start since last
July 10. He was called up from Triple-A Omaha earlier in the day."I had some adrenaline going tonight, and I didn't throw the
ball nearly as well as I did in Triple-A," George said. "But
things worked out for me."Royals' manager Tony Pena noticed a difference in George from
last season."I saw a lot of quickness in his arm," he said. "Before, his
arm was lazy."Tigers starter Nate Robertson gave up three runs and five hits
in 6 2-3 innings, striking out seven.After Harvey had an infield single to lead off the second and
third baseman Eric Munson allowed Joe Randa to reach on an error,
Robertson retired 12 in a row until Byron Gettis walked leading off
the sixth."Robertson was way behind too many batters," Detroit pitching
coach Bob Cluck said. "He made some pitches when he had to."Carlos Pena's sacrifice fly and Omar Infante's RBI single put
Detroit ahead in the second, and Ivan Rodriguez made it 3-0 with an
RBI double in the fifth.Harvey hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the sixth, and
Beltran's two-run double tied it in the seventh."We fell behind, and we were able to come back and score some
runs," Tony Pena said. <
^Note:@ Harvey has a 10-game hitting streak (22-for-41). ...
Higginson was 2-for-4 and has 21 hits in his last 60 at-bats. ...
Detroit 2B Fernando Vina had a MRI exam of his sprained right
hamstring on Tuesday. ... Alex Sanchez got his 20th bunt single of
the season. ... Cluck and bench coach Kirk Gibson ran the team
because Tigers' manager Alan Trammell had flu-like symptoms.