Tigers extend streak against Royals
05/01/2006 10:00 PM ET
By Jason Beck / MLB.com
DETROIT -- After sweeping the Twins by a 32-run margin over the weekend, the Tigers needed just one of those digits to win their opener against Kansas City. Magglio Ordonez's fourth-inning solo homer and Craig Monroe's two-run shot in the seventh comprised the scoring in Detroit's 3-2 win Monday night at Comerica Park.Coming off Sunday's 6-0 blanking over Minnesota, the Tigers came within two outs of posting their first back-to-back shutouts since Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 1990, against the Twins and at the Yankees, even though the would-be tying run was within 90 feet of scoring five batters later. Jeremy Bonderman followed Kenny Rogers' eight innings of two-hit ball on Sunday by stifling the Royals offense for the second time this season.
Bonderman (3-2) retired 11 of the first 12 batters he faced before Reggie Sanders' infield single and a walk to Matt Stairs put a runner in scoring position with two outs in the fourth. Bonderman struck out Mike Sweeney to escape the threat, then stranded a runner in scoring position in each of the next two innings.
Bonderman retired the final eight batters he faced and finished with nine strikeouts over eight innings of four-hit ball, before Stairs and Mark Teahen hit RBI singles in the ninth off closer Todd Jones.
Ordonez had been tentatively written into the starting lineup after manager Jim Leyland said his right fielder had been experiencing back spasms. His sixth homer of the year carried the Tigers offense for the first half of the game and broke up the no-hit bid for Royals starter Runelvys Hernandez, who had only given up a Chris Shelton walk to that point, until hanging an off-speed pitch to Ordonez -- who drove it onto the top of the bullpen enclosure in left field.
Hernandez (1-1) kept it a one-run game until Monroe pulled another Hernandez pitch down the left-field line, driving in Carlos Guillen. Omar Infante's ensuing single knocked Hernandez out of the game with three runs on five hits allowed over 6 2/3 innings in his first start against the Tigers since he hit Guillen with a fastball at his head to start a bench-clearing fracas.
Ordonez improved to .311 (140-for-450) for his career against the Royals with 23 homers and 84 RBIs. Monroe, meanwhile, has 13 home runs against Kansas City in 190 lifetime at-bats.