Royals Win in Extras
The Royals were down two runs going into the top of the ninth inning when they scored two and held off the Tigers in the bottom half of the frame. The Royals pulled within one run when Mark Teahen doubled to deep right and drove in David DeJesus to make the score 3-2. Ross Gload put the ball in play later in the inning but was thrown out, but Mark Teahen managed to cross the plate during the play to tie the game at three.
In the 10th inning, lead off batter John Buck homered off Tiger pitcher Fernando Rodney to put the Royals in the lead for good. Joakim Soria came in to pitch the bottom of the inning, and struck out two en route to his first major-league victory of his career.
Despite two impressive starts for Royals pitcher Gil Meche, he has no wins to show for them. In his last two starts, he has given up no earned runs and has struck out 11, but his offense has failed to assist him. Meche's ERA is now down to a low 2.22 with his last two appearances.
The win snaps a six game losing streak for the Royals. The Royals have the day off Thursday, then open a five game home stand Friday against the Minnesota Twins.