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Serrano picks up first MLB win

DETROIT (AP) -- Dee Brown has no idea why he's been so successful
against the Detroit Tigers throughout his career. Whatever the
reason, he's sure to be in the starting lineup whenever the Kansas
City Royals play them.

Brown had his first career two-homer game and drove in four runs
to lead the Royals to a 6-2 victory Tuesday night.

Brown has six career homers against Detroit and just eight
against the rest of the majors. He's homered twice against the
Twins, and once each against six teams.

"I don't know if I just see the ball well here or what -- it's a
really big ballpark," Brown said. "It's better this year, but
their pitching hasn't been very good in the past."

Royals manager Tony Pena doesn't have an explanation either, but
plans to ride the hot hand.

"I guess I better keep playing him against the Tigers," he
said.

Jimmy Serrano (1-1) picked up his first major league victory
with three scoreless innings of relief, helping the Royals win for
just the fifth time in 16 games.

"That was exciting," he said. "I've got the ball and the
scorecard."

Serrano, who hadn't pitched since Aug. 28, walked the first two
batters he faced, but only allowed one more baserunner.

"I just wanted to go out there and throw strikes," he said.
"And after the first two batters, I still wanted to do that. I was
a little rusty, but I was able to settle down and get in a
groove."

Carlos Pena and Craig Monroe homered for the Tigers, who had
their two-game winning streak end.

"That's baseball," Monroe said. "It's tough to lose, but a
lot is going to happen in a nine-inning game, and tonight, all the
good things happened for them."

Nate Robertson (12-8) allowed five runs and nine hits in
six-plus innings, losing for the first time in four starts.

"I thought I was controlling the game pretty well early on,"
Robertson said. "But I started missing some pitches and they made
me pay for it."

Pena's career-high 20th homer in the second and Monroe's 14th
homer in the fourth -- both off Brian Anderson -- gave the Tigers an
early 2-0 lead.

Joe Randa, who went 3-for-4, led off the fifth with a double and
took third on Calvin Pickering's infield single. Brown made it 2-1
by grounding into a force at second, then moved to third on John
Buck's double to left.

Ruben Gotay tied it with a single, but Buck slipped rounding
third and was thrown out trying to get back to the base. Robertson
then retired David DeJesus to get out of the inning.

Kansas City went ahead in the seventh when Randa led off with
another double and scored on Pickering's single to center. Brown
then made it 5-2 lining a 3-1 pitch from Robertson just inside the
right-field foul pole.

Kansas City had runners on second and third with no outs later
in the inning, but reliever Al Levine got out of the jam.

In the ninth, Brown sent Franklyn German's 1-0 pitch over the
right-field wall to give the Royals a 6-2 lead. Brown went 2-for-4
and scored three times.

Anderson gave up two runs on six hits in five innings for Kansas
City.

"We got the lead against him, but we could never add to it,"
Tigers manager Alan Trammell said. "That team always plays us
tough, and we never seem to be able to close them out. I'm
scratching my head here."

Game notes
The Royals' win clinched the season series against the
Tigers, and they have won the series every year since 1999. ... The
crowd of 17,462 was Detroit's smallest since they drew 16,711 on
June 3 against the Royals. ... Monroe's homer was the 42nd this
year to land between the old fence in left field and the shorter,
temporary wall -- one more than last year. In the two years since
the fence was moved, the Tigers have given up 44 such homers and
hit 39. ... Serrano was making his first career relief performance
after making five starts to begin his career.