DETROIT (AP) -- Home runs and pitching were a great combination
for the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.
Ivan Rodriguez, Rondell White and Marcus Thames homered back
Mike Maroth in a 4-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals.Maroth (7-7) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings.
Coming off a one-hit shutout of the New York Yankees, he walked two
and struck out one."I had a lot of confidence coming off the last victory,"
Maroth said. "I felt good, had good stuff and a real live
fastball."The left-hander gave way to Al Levine, who pitched two perfect
innings. Esteban Yan got one out in the ninth before Jamie Walker
retired both of his batters for his fifth career save, his first
this season. He struck out Dee Brown with runners at the corners to
end it."We pitched well enough to win, we got a couple of home runs
and that's it," Tigers manager Alan Trammell said.Kansas City got a homer from Desi Relaford in its third straight
loss.Darrell May (7-10) allowed four runs and eight hits in eight
innings. He walked three and struck out one."I feel like I made some pretty good pitches," May said.
"But, maybe, not good enough."Detroit went ahead 1-0 in the second inning on White's leadoff
homer. He lined the first pitch over the left-center fence."He's got a great changeup," White said of May. "But he got
it up tonight and we got to most of them."Detroit made it 2-0 in the third on Carlos Guillen's RBI
groundout.Bobby Higginson and Rodriguez opened the inning with singles,
and Higginson moved to third on Dmitri Young's fly to center.
Guillen then hit a grounder down the first-base line that Kansas
City first baseman Ken Harvey fielded with a dive. He threw to
second for the force on Rodriguez as Higginson scored.Thames' homer leading off the fourth stretched the lead to 3-0.
He hit the first pitch into the stands down the left-field line.Relaford's one-out shot to left in the fifth gave the Royals
their first run. Rodriguez's home run leading off the fifth
restored Detroit's three-run lead."He give up the three home runs, they were three identical
pitches," Kansas City manager Tony Pena said. "Fastball, middle
in ... a little up."Kansas City cut the deficit to 4-2 on Ruben Mateo's RBI single
in the sixth. David DeJesus, who was 3-for-4, led off with a
double, moved to third on Mike Sweeney's one-out fly to right and
scored on Mateo's chopper into center field after a walk to Harvey."We had guys on base a few times that we could have scored some
runs, if -- me included -- we could have been more patient," Harvey
Detroit CF Nook Logan made his major league debut and
bunted for a single in the second inning, his first at-bat. ...
Kansas City recalled RHP Shawn Camp from Triple-A Omaha. ...
Rodriguez was 2-for-3 and is hitting .406 in his last 43 games.