The Royals erased a three-run deficit and broke a seven-game slide by scoring seven runs after falling behind, 3-0. Jose Guillen’s homer led off the second, Mark Teahen had three RBIs and Brandon Duckworth picked up his first win in over a year.
Brandon Duckworth made his first start of the season, and Kip Wells came on in relief as the veterans worked out of some trouble to hang on for the win. Joakim Soria pitched a scoreless ninth, and Kansas City broke a seven-game losing streak by defeating Detroit, 7-3, on Sunday afternoon.
In his first three innings of work, Duckworth gave up six hits and walked four, but managed to leave five Detroit runners on base. He settled down and allowed only one hit in his final two innings of work.
Wells, set the Tigers down in order in the sixth, but in the seventh, Wells put men on first and third with no outs, but he managed toget a double play and end the Tigers’ threat.
The Royals fell behind early, 3-0, but a Jose Guillen solo homer leading off the second helped get the offense on track. Esteban German tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the fifth. A few pitches later, Mike Aviles scored the go-ahead run when Tigers starter Kenny Rogers bounced a breaking ball in front of his catcher and over the screen.
Alberto Callaspo, playing in just his second game since coming off the disabled list, had three hits and a walk in four at-bats. Mark Teahen provided another offensive spark, as he drove in three runs with a sacrifice fly and a two-run single.