Detroit The Detroit Tigers were primed for yet another come-from-behind victory.
Detroit, which has trailed in five of its six victories, had narrowed Kansas City’s lead to a run in the fifth inning and had the bases loaded, no outs and cleanup man Miguel Cabrera at the plate.
But Cabrera grounded into a routine double play, and although the tying run scored on the play, the Royals took advantage of the reprieve to pull away for a 7-3 victory.
Jose Guillen homered for the fourth straight game, connecting for his 200th career shot and leading the Royals.
Yet it was Kansas City’s escape in the middle of the game that Detroit lamented.
“That was the key moment of the game right there,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “We loaded them up with the right guy at the plate, but it didn’t happen.”
Kansas City had blown a 5-0 lead in Tuesday’s 6-5 loss to the Tigers, so Royals manager Trey Hillman was happy to see his team hang on when it looked as if another game might slip away.
“That was a very resilient performance,” Hillman said. “Call it resilient, call it scrappy, call it whatever word you want — I’ll take it.”
The Tigers lost two of three to the Royals, allowing 22 runs on 45 hits in the series.
“If we are going to win consistently, we’ve got to get better pitching,” Leyland said. “Give the Royals credit, but this just isn’t good enough. We gave up 17 hits again today, and that’s getting to be a pattern.”