In the Royals four previous losses—all in a row—they blew leads. They wouldn’t be saddled with that burden last night. Why? Because they never led in a 9-1 defeat to the Tigers. Royals starter Mike Wood allowed a two-run homer to Craig Monroe in the second inning to give Detroit a 2-0 led. In the third Pudge Rodriguez belted a two-run shot of his own to make it 4-0 and Monroe struck again with a three-run homer in the fifth inning. Calvin Pickering’s solo shot in the bottom of the fifth proved to be the Royals only run of the day. Kansas City has dropped five straight.. Starting center fielder David DeJesus had to leave the game in the top of the second inning after colliding with shortstop Angel Berroa. DeJesus had a strained neck and mild concussion.
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