Royals End Losing Streak

Kansas City 4, Detroit 3, 10 innings
April 18, 2007

AP - Apr 18, 3:18 pm EDT

DETROIT (AP) -- John Buck hit a leadoff homer in the 10th inning and the Kansas City Royals rallied past the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Wednesday to end their six-game losing streak.

Gil Meche did not allow an earned run in eight innings for the Royals, who fell behind 3-0 when they gave up three unearned runs in the sixth. But Mike Sweeney hit an RBI single in the seventh and Kansas City tied it with two runs in the ninth against closer Todd Jones.

David DeJesus drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a groundout and scored on Mark Teahen's double. Sweeney's single put runners at the corners before Ross Gload beat out a potential double-play ball, allowing Teahen to score the tying run.

It was the first blown save in eight chances this year for Jones, who gave up his first runs of the season.

One inning later, Buck hit a 2-0 pitch from Fernando Rodney into the left-field seats. Rodney (1-3) has struggled this season, giving up six runs in seven innings for a 7.71 ERA.

Joakim Soria (1-0) struck out four in two scoreless innings for his first major league win. With a runner on first, he fanned Gary Sheffield and Carlos Guillen to end the game.

Jeremy Bonderman allowed one run in seven innings and Craig Monroe hit a two-run single for the AL champion Tigers.

Detroit went ahead 3-0 in the sixth with three unearned runs. Brandon Inge's walk and Curtis Granderson's bunt single left Meche in a two-on, none-out jam for the second time. He almost pitched out of it again.

Placido Polanco hit a grounder to third baseman Alex Gordon, who botched a possible double play by throwing wide of second base. Inge scored on the error.

With two outs and the bases loaded, Monroe hit a two-run single to make it 3-0.

Kansas City (4-11) pulled within two in the seventh on Sweeney's RBI single. Joel Zumaya pitched a perfect eighth for Detroit, but Jones couldn't hold a 3-1 lead in the ninth.

Bonderman allowed three hits, struck out six and didn't walk a batter, leaving him with a 2.25 ERA after four starts. He does not have a decision.

Meche gave up six hits and three walks while striking out six. His first two pitches were hit for singles, but he got out of the jam with a fielder's choice and a double play.

Bonderman was perfect until giving up Buck's one-out single in the third. He retired the next 10 Royals until Esteban German led off the seventh with a double off the left-field wall.


Meche hasn't given up an earned run in his last two starts, both no-decisions. He has a 2.22 ERA after four starts. The right-hander signed a $55 million, five-year contract with Kansas City in the offseason. ... Guillen received a letter from Major League Baseball, threatening to fine him $1,000 for having his pockets pulled out on the backside of his pants.

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