Royals 9, Tigers 8
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)—Aaron Guiel was the only starter on either team without a hit. That didn’t stop him from winning the game.
Guiel capped a three-run Royal rally in the ninth Tuesday night with a sacrifice fly, driving in the winning run in Kansas City’s 9-8 victory over Detroit.
The win snapped a five-game losing skid for the Royals, who rallied from deficits of 5-0 and 7-4.
Guiel’s 0-for-5 performance while his teammates collected 17 singles didn’t bother him in the least.
“There’s going to be lots of nights I don’t get a hit,” Guiel said. “Wins are kind of hard to come by for us this year.”
With the Royals trailing by two in the ninth, Abraham Nunez led off with his fourth single of the game. Ugueth Urbina (4-6) walked Calvin Pickering and gave up a bunt single to John Buck to load the bases.
Gomez hustled to first and barely avoided the double play.
“We needed a break and we got it,” said Jeremy Affeldt (3-3), who allowed a run on two hits in the ninth and got the win. “Gomez hustling that ball out to first base was so key.”
Guiel then lifted Urbina’s first pitch to center and Buck slid home with the winning run.
“I was a little scared because John Buck is not so fleet of foot,” said Guiel. “But it worked out.”
“We let this one slip away,” said Detroit manager Alan Trammell. “We had leads and we weren’t able to hold them.”
The Royals’ 17 singles without an extra-base hit tied a team record.
“We probably shot ourselves in the foot,” Trammell said. “When you give up that many hits and that many runs, you can’t expect to win too many games.”
Young hit an RBI single in the first inning and Craig Monroe also had a run-scoring single to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
The Royals loaded the bases against starter Jason Johnson in the second on two singles and a walk. Buck followed with a two-run single, then Gotay laid down a perfect bunt to load the bases again. Johnson got Gomez to fly out and fanned Guiel before Desi Relaford, who had three hits, hit a two-run single to right—cutting the deficit to 5-4.
With two outs in the fourth, Brian Anderson walked Rodriguez and had an 0-2 count on Young when the Tigers’ designated hitter hit his 11th home run to give Detroit a 7-4 lead.
The Royals scored a run on Buck’s double-play grounder in the sixth and then loaded the bases with no outs against reliever Jamie Walker in the seventh. But they got only one run on an RBI single by Nunez against reliever Esteban Yan.
Carlos Pena had an RBI double off Affeldt in the ninth. Anderson allowed seven runs and 10 hits in five innings.
RHP Runelvys Hernandez threw for the first time since undergoing elbow surgery. The Royals hope Hernandez, who was 4-0 in April 2003 before getting hurt, is ready for spring training. … The Royals also had 17 singles without an extra-base hit in a 16-12 victory at Toronto on Aug. 6, 1979.