Robertson, who turned 27 on Friday, is 3-0 with a 3.04 ERA in four starts against the Royals this season. The left-hander posted a 9-1 win at Kansas City on Aug. 30, when he pitched a six-hitter and struck out seven for the first complete game of his career. He became the first Tigers left-hander to win 12 games since Justin Thompson won 15 in 1997.
Robertson has won three straight starts, pitching to a 1.50 ERA. He won a career-high five in a row from May 21-June 30.
The Tigers took the series opener 7-3 on Monday—playing their first game since Friday. They were supposed to play in Tampa Bay on Saturday and Sunday, but the games were postponed because of Hurricane Frances. Detroit did practice at home.
“As an ex-player, I know how hard it is to play well after you sit down for a couple days. I really think the workout helped,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said.
Craig Monroe homered and drove in two runs and Omar Infante added three RBIs for Detroit, which won its second in a row, giving the team 63 victories this season. The win prevented the Tigers from losing at least 100 games for a third straight season. Detroit lost an American League-record 119 games in 2003.
“It’s only Sept. 6, so honestly, we knew we were going to get there,” Trammell said. “It’s a nice feeling after last year, but we want to keep going.”
The Royals lost for the eighth time in 11 games.
Angel Berroa was 2-for-4, giving him six hits in his last 13 at-bats (.462).
Ken Harvey, activated Sunday after being on the disabled list since Aug. 20 because of strained muscle in his rib cage, went 1-for-4.
Harvey is hitting .451 (23-for-51) against the Tigers this year with four homers and 14 RBIs.