The bad number for the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night was zero.
That's zero as in no runs scored, while the host Kansas City Royals scored one -- on an 80-foot, pop-fly single over the mound with a man on third in the fourth inning.
And that's zero as in the number of times Detroit got a hit with a runner in scoring position in the eight opportunities they had.
And zero as in the number of hits Detroit got from its sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth hitters combined.
"We had a couple chances," manager Jim Leyland said. "We just didn't get him in."
Detroit got Austin Jackson to third with one out after he led off the game with a double down the left field line. Bruce Chen struck out Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder to end the threat.
Cabrera doubled to lead off the seventh and advanced to third when Fielder flied out deep to center. But after Delmon Young was hit by a pitch, Jhonny Peralta struck out and Jeff Baker grounded out to third.
Peralta also struck out with runners on first and second in the ninth, ending the game.
"It's pretty simple," Leyland said. "You gotta win games up here. They won these (first) two (in the series)."
Detroit has to get rid of those zeros if it hopes to keep pace, let alone gain ground, on the first-place Chicago White Sox in the AL Central race.