DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers were primed for yet another come-from-behind victory.
Detroit, which has trailed in five of its six victories, had narrowed Kansas City's lead to a run in the fifth inning Wednesday and had the bases loaded, no outs, and cleanup man Miguel Cabrera at the plate.
But Cabrera grounded into a routine double play, and although the tying run scored on the play, the Royals took advantage of the reprieve to pull away for a 7-3 victory.
Jose Guillen homered for the fourth straight game, connecting for his 200th career shot and leading the Royals.
Yet it was Kansas City's escape in the middle of the game that Detroit lamented.
“That was the key moment of the game right there,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “We loaded them up with the right guy at the plate, but it didn't happen. That's OK — there's no way that we can keep making that happen every time. We've got to pitch better.”