Detroit At the start, the Kansas City Royals were stymied by the Detroit fielders.
After that, Jose Guillen and the Royals took advantage of them.
The Royals hit into double plays in each of the first three innings, but rallied for a 10-5 victory Monday that was aided by four Tigers errors.
“Those double plays were real confidence killers, but we battled through it,” said Billy Butler, who drove in a pair of runs. “They helped us out with some errors after that, but 10 runs are still 10 runs. We needed this.”
The mistakes meant the end of the Tigers’ four-game winning streak.
“We were kind of blah, to be honest with you,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “As it turned out, for us it was a very boring game, and for them, it was a very good game. I don’t know how many pitches we threw, but it was way, way too many, I can assure you of that.”
Detroit’s defensive meltdown started in the fourth, just after it had taken advantage of a throwing error by Royals second baseman Chris Getz to score the first two runs of the game.
Butler doubled home a run and Rick Ankiel tied the game with an RBI grounder. Detroit starter Max Scherzer appeared to be out of the inning when Jose Guillen popped a routine foul with two outs, but first baseman Miguel Cabrera dropped the ball.
Guillen followed with his third home run in two games, giving the Royals a 4-2 lead that they never relinquished. The Royals scored seven of their 10 runs with two out.
“We’ll take a game like this,” Kansas City manager Trey Hillman said. “They made some big defensive plays early, but we kept getting quality at-bats, and they eventually paid off. We haven’t had a good two-out approach in the first few games of the season, so I’m happy to see that change today.”
Scott Podsednik added four hits.