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Reeling Tigers suffer fifth straight loss

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- After scoring a total of five runs
during a three-game sweep by Seattle, the Kansas City Royals
quickly found themselves down 5-0 to Detroit after one inning.

But they rallied for a 6-5 victory over the Tigers on Friday
night when Angel Berroa's two-run homer in the eighth capped an
improbable comeback.

"It's a great comeback, a good win," said David DeJesus, whose
two-run homer in the third got the Royals rolling to their first
home win in four games.

Berroa, who also singled and doubled, hit an 0-1 pitch from
Ugueth Urbina (1-1), who struck out two batters before walking Eli
Marrero.

"That was a great moment right there," Berroa said. "I was
just feeling great today."

Jaime Cerda (1-1) got the win with one inning of hitless relief.

The Tigers got a three-run homer from Craig Monroe in the first
off Jose Lima, who pitched six shutout innings after giving up five
runs in the opening frame.

It was a bitter loss for Detroit, which has dropped five in a
row and earlier in the day announced that outfielder Magglio
Ordonez would be out four to six weeks following hernia surgery.

"It's painful, there's no question about it," manager Alan
Trammell said. "It's like putting a knife in you. It hurts. But
our job is we've got to regroup."

Jeremy Affeldt got the first two outs in the ninth and was
replaced by Mike MacDougal. Royals manager Tony Pena, ejected for
arguing balls and strikes in the bottom of the first, said Affeldt
just did not seem himself. The right-hander has had a strained
groin.

"He usually throws 94, 95, 96 [mph], but today it was a lot of
88-89. He didn't feel comfortable, so you don't want to put
anybody's career in jeopardy," Pena said.

MacDougal came on and got Carlos Guillen to ground out to second
for his first save.

The Tigers had two singles, a walk, a triple and Monroe's homer
to take a 5-0 lead off Lima, who hadn't made it out of the fourth
inning in his first two starts and began the night with a 10.80
ERA.

But after Nook Logan's single and third baseman Tony
Graffanino's throwing error on Ivan Rodriguez's grounder in the
second, Lima allowed only three of the next 19 batters to reach
base. The 32-year-old right-hander allowed seven hits in seven
innings.

"I was more aggressive. I threw more fastballs in, in, in, to
everybody," he said. "And I threw my slider inside and my
two-seamer. I kept the team in the ballgame and that means a lot to
me."

If his manager had not been tossed by plate umpire C.B. Bucknor,
Lima said, he would have been.

"It was going to be Tony or me. When I fight, the pitch is
close," he said. "You don't want to get umpires against you
because then it's the whole league against you. A fight with an
umpire is like a fight with a cop because it's a big family and you
don't want to have them against you."

Wilfredo Ledezma went six innings for the Tigers and gave up
four runs on eight hits, walked two and struck out three.

Carlos Guillen's RBI triple gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead, then
Dmitri Young hit an RBI single and Carlos Pena walked ahead of
Monroe's 424-foot drive over the wall in left-center.

DeJesus hit a two-run homer off Ledezma in the third, then
Berroa doubled leading off the fourth and scored on Alberto
Castillo's sacrifice fly, making it 5-3.

Marrero doubled leading off the sixth and scored on Terrence
Long's grounder.

"It looked like it was going to work out OK. It looked like we
were in business," Trammell said. "But we weren't."

Game notes
Long made fine catches in left on back-to-back plays in the
third inning, running in for a shoestring grab of Monroe's sinking
liner and then making a basket catch of Bobby Higginson's drive
near the wall. ... Royals 1B Calvin Pickering was in California for
the birth Friday of his first child, Jacob Elijah Pickering. ...
Ordonez signed a $75 million, five-year contract in the offseason.
RHP Andrew Good was called up from Triple-A Toledo. ... It was the
sixth time Pena has been ejected.