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Detroit 8, Kansas City 7 (1st game)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Vance Wilson doesn't get many chances to
play backing up All-Star catcher Ivan Rodriguez. He took advantage
of one of them Sunday.

Wilson went 3-for-4 with a home run and scored three times,
including the winning run in the ninth, as the Detroit Tigers
handed the Kansas City Royals their franchise-record 14th straight
loss with an 8-7 victory Sunday in the first game of a
doubleheader.

Wilson entered the game with a .151 batting average in 38 games
and 86 at-bats.

"His track record has been pretty good," Tigers manager Alan
Trammel said. "Given a chance, he's been able to contribute. The
hard part is it is so few and far between at-bats, and like anybody
else, he starts pressing.

"I think we're all very happy for him. It's tough. Any
ballplayer has pride and you go up there and you look at the
scoreboard (and see batting average). It's not really something you
want to look at."

Pinch-hitter Omar Infante doubled home Wilson with the go-ahead
run with two outs in the ninth. Infante, batting for John McDonald,
doubled to the right-center gap off Ambiorix Burgos (1-5), who took
the loss.

"He has a better chance to get an extra-base hit," Trammell
said of Infante. "He's got some big hits for us."

There have been only two longer losing streaks than Kansas
City's in the American League since 1975. Tampa Bay dropped 15
straight in 2002 and Baltimore lost a league-record 21 consecutive
games in 1988.

Rondell White hit a three-run homer, and Wilson and Craig Monroe
had solo shots for Detroit.

David DeJesus hit an inside-the-park homer for the Royals on a
play that White was injured.

The doubleheader was scheduled after rainouts on Friday and
Saturday.

Craig Dingman (1-1) picked up the victory. Fernando Rodney
worked the ninth for his third save in six opportunities.

Monroe's home run with two outs in the sixth snapped a 5-all
tie. In 41 career games against the Royals, Monroe has 12 home runs
and 37 RBI.

Wilson led off the seventh with a home run, pushing the Tigers'
lead to 7-5.

The Royals tied it in the bottom of the seventh when Matt
Stairs' single scored Denny Hocking. Mike Sweeney, who had singled
and stopped at third on Stairs' hit, scored the tying run on Emil
Brown's sacrifice fly.

White, who is hitting .444 on the road trip and .392 with three
home runs, 13 RBI and 12 runs in his past 19 road games, hit Mike
Wood's 1-0 pitch off the left-field foul pole with Magglio Ordonez
and Chris Shelton aboard in the first. Ordonez singled home Placido
Polanco with the first run.

White, who played for the Royals in 2003, left in the third
inning after injuring his left shoulder diving for DeJesus' hit to
left field. With White in pain on the Kauffman Stadium grass,
DeJesus circled the bases for his first career inside-the-park home
run.

Stairs had a two-out double in the first. DeJesus reached base
four times -- two singles, a home run and hit by a pitch.

The Royals tied it at 5 in the fourth when Mark Teahen tripled
home two runs and scored on Angel Berroa's single.

Wood, who was making his second start after starting the season
in the bullpen, gave up six runs and eight hits and one walk in six
innings. He allowed five runs in the first two innings.

"I was just leaving the ball up," Wood said. "I had to make
adjustments in the second and third innings. I just got off to a
bad start and then I settled down. I wish I could take back that
inning."

Tigers starter Jason Johnson allowed six runs on eight hits, two
walks and a hit batter over 6 1-3 innings. He left with the Tigers
up 7-5.

"I wouldn't say it was one of his greatest performances, but he
pitched well enough to win, but we couldn't hold it," Trammell
said. "He battled."

Plate umpire Bill Hohn issued a warning to both dugouts after
Johnson hit DeJesus with a pitch in the fifth. The teams had a
dugout-clearing melee on July 17 at Detroit when Royals
right-hander Runelvys Hernandez beaned Carlos Guillen. Hernandez is
appealing his 10-game suspension.

Game notes
Stairs returned to the Royals' lineup for the first time
since Monday. He had been out with a strained right calf. ...
Rodriguez was scheduled to start the second game after returning
from a four-game suspension. Rodriguez was suspended four games for
inappropriate actions and comments during a July 30 game at
Oakland.