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Archive for Wednesday, July 4, 2001

Tigers top Royals to end skid

Lima pitches Detroit to 8-4 victory, snapping team’s 8-game losing streak

July 4, 2001

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— After five years on the road, "Lima Time" has returned to the Motor City.

Jose Lima won for the first time in nearly three months as the Detroit Tigers ended their eight-game losing streak Tuesday night with an 8-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

"When you hear the music, you know it is definitely Lima Time," he said, his beloved salsa music playing in the background. "I'm wanted here, and I'm going to finish strong because I'll work hard and Detroit will give me a chance."

Lima (1-0), making his second start for Detroit since being traded by Houston on June 23, recovered from a shaky start.

He allowed three runs on six hits in the first two innings before settling down for his first win since April 10, when he beat Milwaukee while with the Astros.

"I think Jose was a little too hyped up early, but he settled down once he got a little tired," Tigers manager Phil Garner said. "He had better control after the first couple innings."

Lima, who pitched for the Tigers from 1995-96 before being traded to Houston, went five innings, giving three runs, eight hits and a walk.

Kansas City starter Chad Durbin (6-7) allowed seven runs on seven hits and two walks in just 223 innings.

"I felt really good warming up, and I had great stuff in the bullpen," Durbin said. "I guess that's the kiss of death."

The Royals have dropped two straight after a six-game winning streak that started with a sweep of the Tigers at home last week.

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