Royals Pop Detroit, Win Series

Kansas City 5, Detroit 2
July 22, 2007

AP - Jul 22, 3:06 pm EDT

DETROIT (AP) -- Given some offense, Brian Bannister ended his brief losing streak.

Bannister allowed four hits in seven innings and Esteban German homered for the Kansas City Royals in 5-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

Kansas City, last in the AL Central, went 5-4 on a trip against playoff contenders Boston, Cleveland and Detroit. The Royals are 6-3 during their last three series in Detroit, starting with the season-ending sweep that cost the Tigers' last year's AL Central title.

Bannister (6-6) gave up one run on four hits in seven innings, struck out three and walked one. In his previous two starts, the Royals lost 4-0 to Seattle and Boston.

The Tigers, who lead the AL Central, dropped two of three against the Royals, their first series defeat since losing two of three to Minnesota from June 29-July 1. Magglio Ordonez hit an RBI double in the ninth off Octavio Dotel and Detroit had two on with no outs, but Dotel retired Sean Casey on a flyout, then struck out Craig Monroe and pinch-hitter Ivan Rodriguez.

Nate Robertson (6-7) allowed five runs -- four earned -- and 11 hits in six-plus innings. Robertson, bothered by a tired arm earlier this season, had gone 2-0 with a 3.04 ERA in four starts since returning from the disabled list on June 26.

Monroe's second homer in as many games put Detroit ahead in the third, but sloppy defense helped Kansas City take the lead in the fourth.

Billy Butler, 7-for-14 with five RBIs in the series, tripled leading off and scored on Reggie Sanders' single.

David DeJesus bunted down the third-base line, and Brandon Inge's throw sailed down the right-field line. The play, ruled a sacrifice and an error, left runners on second and third.

Emil Brown lined out to left as Sanders held third, but Sanders took off for the plate on Tony Pena Jr.'s fly to medium-deep center. Curtis Granderson appeared to have a good chance to get Sanders, but his throw was up the first-base line.

Brown hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth that made it 3-1 after Sanders walked and David DeJesus doubled.

German's third homer -- his first since May 5 -- led off the seventh, and DeJesus hit a run-scoring single off Jose Capellan that boosted the lead to 5-1.


Jason LaRue went 0-for-4 and extended his hitless streak to 12 at-bats. ... German's previous homer was against then-Tigers pitcher Mike Maroth, who has since been traded to St. Louis. ... Kansas City reliever David Riske finished the eighth with an unusual play -- catching an infield popup himself.

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