KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Aaron Guiel was the only starter on
either team without a hit. That didn't stop him from winning the
Guiel capped a three-run Royal rally in the ninth Tuesday night
with a sacrifice fly, driving in the winning run in Kansas City's
9-8 victory over Detroit.
The win snapped a five-game losing skid for the Royals, who
rallied from deficits of 5-0 and 7-4.
Guiel's 0-for-5 performance while his teammates collected 17
singles didn't bother him in the least.
"There's going to be lots of nights I don't get a hit," Guiel
said. "Wins are kind of hard to come by for us this year."
With the Royals trailing by two in the ninth, Abraham Nunez led
off with his fourth single of the game. Ugueth Urbina (4-6) walked
Calvin Pickering and gave up a bunt single to John Buck to load the
Ruben Gotay followed with an RBI single and Alexis Gomez
grounded into a run-scoring fielder's choice to tie it at 8.
Gomez hustled to first and barely avoided the double play.
"We needed a break and we got it," said Jeremy Affeldt (3-3),
who allowed a run on two hits in the ninth and got the win. "Gomez
hustling that ball out to first base was so key."
Guiel then lifted Urbina's first pitch to center and Buck slid
home with the winning run.
"I was a little scared because John Buck is not so fleet of
foot," said Guiel. "But it worked out."
"We let this one slip away," said Detroit manager Alan
Trammell. "We had leads and we weren't able to hold them."
The Royals' 17 singles without an extra-base hit tied a team
"We probably shot ourselves in the foot," Trammell said.
"When you give up that many hits and that many runs, you can't
expect to win too many games."
Young hit an RBI single in the first inning and Craig Monroe
also had a run-scoring single to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
The Royals loaded the bases against starter Jason Johnson in the
second on two singles and a walk. Buck followed with a two-run
single, then Gotay laid down a perfect bunt to load the bases
again. Johnson got Gomez to fly out and fanned Guiel before Desi
Relaford, who had three hits, hit a two-run single to right --
cutting the deficit to 5-4.
With two outs in the fourth, Brian Anderson walked Rodriguez and
had an 0-2 count on Young when the Tigers' designated hitter hit
his 11th home run to give Detroit a 7-4 lead.
The Royals scored a run on Buck's double-play grounder in the
sixth and then loaded the bases with no outs against reliever Jamie
Walker in the seventh. But they got only one run on an RBI single
by Nunez against reliever Esteban Yan.
Carlos Pena had an RBI double off Affeldt in the ninth. Anderson
allowed seven runs and 10 hits in five innings.
RHP Runelvys Hernandez threw for the first time since
undergoing elbow surgery. The Royals hope Hernandez, who was 4-0 in
April 2003 before getting hurt, is ready for spring training. ...
The Royals also had 17 singles without an extra-base hit in a 16-12
victory at Toronto on Aug. 6, 1979.