Royals 9, Tigers 6

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DETROIT (AP)—Carlos Beltran is hoping June will be a bounce-back month for him.

After being picked as the AL Player of the Month in April, the Kansas City star batted just .151 in a 12-game slump. On Thursday, he had three hits and drove in four runs during a 9-6 win over the Detroit Tigers.

“I think May was a bad month for me, but this month will be good,” he said. “The last 10 games (of the slump), I had been trying to do too much, but now I’m just trying to put the ball in play and stay in the middle of the field.”

Beltran is hitting .435 in the streak, raising his season average to .281.

“It’s nice to see Carlos swinging the bat and starting to get back on track,” Royals manager Tony Pena said. “There was never any question that Carlos was going to hit.”

Tigers manager Alan Trammell was at the ballpark after missing the previous two games with the flu, but did not appear in the dugout as the Tigers lost for the eighth time in 11 games.

“Tram has been able to keep some food down, but he is still having problems with dizziness, so he will be examined by the doctors again tonight,” Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said. “At this point, we aren’t sure if he will manage tomorrow in Minnesota or not. We’ll take it day by day.”

Dennys Reyes (2-0) remained unbeaten in six starts this season despite giving up five runs and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings.

Reliever Nate Field got four outs and Jeremy Affeldt finished for his fifth save in six tries.

Jeremy Bonderman (4-5) lost for the fourth time in five starts, allowing seven runs on nine hits and three walks in three-plus innings. In his last two starts, Bonderman is 0-2 with a 23.63 ERA.

“I have no idea what is wrong, but I better figure it out or this is going to be a long season,” Bonderman said. “I just didn’t make any pitches today, so I’m not doing my job.”

The Royals scored three times in the third, and only a caught stealing kept them from adding to the total.

With one out, Brandon Berger reached on an infield single and Tony Graffanino walked. Beltran hit a two-run double and scored on Mike Sweeney’s double.

“That infield single was a pivotal play in the game,” Tigers bench coach Kirk Gibson said. “Jeremy was late getting over there and he got upset. He walks the next guy and they get three runs.”

Sweeney then tried to steal third, and was thrown out. The next three batters reached base on two singles and a walk, but Angel Berroa struck out to end the inning.

Detroit made it 3-1 in the bottom half when Alex Sanchez walked and the next three batters walked, but Kansas City got four more runs in the fourth.

Kelly Stinnett led off with his third homer of the season, and Berger singled. After Graffanino walked, Beltran made it 5-1 with an RBI single, chasing Bonderman. The 21-year-old only retired one of the final 12 batters he faced.

Kansas City added two more runs off reliever Chris Dingman on Ken Harvey’s RBI single and Joe Randa’s sacrifice fly.

The Tigers made it 7-2 in the fifth on Carlos Guillen’s RBI groundout. The Royals got two more in the seventh on Graffanino’s bases-loaded groundout and a single by Beltran.

“The bats came alive today,” Pena said. “That’s the most hits we have had in a while, and it was good to see.”

The Tigers made it 9-6 with four runs in the seventh, highlighted by atwo-run double by Craig Monroe.


Tigers C Ivan Rodriguez missed his second game in a row with a sore wrist. His replacement, Brandon Inge, threw out three runners attempting to steal in four tries. … Guillen collided with two different teammates in the fourth inning. The shortstop ran into left fielder Rondell White on a flyball, then bounced off second baseman Omar Infante on an inning-ending force play atsecond. … Harvey extended his hitting streak to a career-best 12 games.

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