Series: Game 2 of 3

Kansas City leads 2-0 (as of 6/26)

Game 1: Tuesday, June 25
Detroit 6Final
Kansas City 8
Game 2: Wednesday, June 26
Detroit 5Final
Kansas City 6
Game 3: Thursday, June 27
Detroit 2Final
Kansas City 5

Tigers 5

(26-49, 10-30 away)

Royals 6

(28-46, 16-18 home)

    8:05 PM ET, June 26, 2002

    Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 

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    DET 010011110 5 - -
    KC 00011130 - 6 - -

    W: D. Reichert (3-5)

    L: A. Bernero (2-3)

    S: R. Hernandez (12)

    Guiel's first big-league homer a game-winner

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Aaron Guiel spent 10 years in the minors before getting called last weekend. If he keeps hitting the way he did Wednesday night, he won't be going back down anytime soon.

    Guiel hit his first major league homer, a three-run shot in the seventh inning that lifted the Kansas City Royals over the Detroit Tigers 6-5 Wednesday night.

    "I have to be realistic,'' Guiel said. "You never know what's going to happen in this game. My time may be limited here. I may be here for a long time. I really don't know. I have to play as if I'm going to stay here. What's to be is to be.

    "I'm just excited to get this opportunity after the amount of time I've played this game,'' he said.

    Guiel's homer off Jamie Walker landed on the grass beyond the right-field fence and put the Royals ahead 6-4.

    "I thought it was a good matchup, lefty versus lefty,'' Tigers manager Luis Pujols said. "He only had one hit before (Wednesday) and it was a 2-2 count and he hits a 415-foot home run. What can I do?''

    Walker relieved rookie Adam Bernero (2-3) after he walked Brent Mayne and Luis Alicea. Manager Tony Pena opted to let Guiel, who was hitting .353 in the Pacific Coast League when he was promoted, to bat against Walker.

    "This kid has been swinging the bat real good in Omaha,'' Pena said. "I just said I was going to let him go. Sometimes you have to let a kid go see what they can do. He didn't hit .365 in Omaha for nothing.''

    Guiel looked over his shoulder to the dugout when Walker was summoned from the bullpen to see if Pena was going to send up a right-handed hitter.

    "He gave me the nod to let me know I'm not coming out,'' Guiel said. "He gave me confidence.''

    Rain delayed the start of the game two hours and three minutes.

    Damion Easley, who was mired in a 3-for-50 slump, homered and singled for the Tigers.

    Easley led off the fifth by hitting Darrell May's first pitch over the left-field fence for his third home run.

    A throwing error on shortstop Neifi Perez led to the Tigers scoring an unearned run in the seventh to take a 4-3 lead. Ramon Santiago, who had reached on a fielder's choice, advanced to third and Damian Jackson to second on Perez' errant throw. Santiago scored on Wendell Magee's sacrifice fly.

    May gave up four runs, three earned, on eight hits and two walks in 6 1-3 innings. He was replaced by Dan Reichert (3-5), who picked up his first victory since May 18.

    Brandon Inge and Craig Paquette hit consecutive doubles in the Detroit eighth off Jason Grimsley.

    Roberto Hernandez worked the ninth to pick up his 12th save in 14 chances.

    The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the second when former Royal Craig Paquette doubled off the right-field wall and scored on Santiago's two-out single.

    Mike Sweeney extended his hitting streak to nine games with a solo home run in the Royals fourth. He also doubled and singled to raise his average to an AL-leading .364.

    Joe Randa's sacrifice fly in the sixth scored Guiel, who led off the inning with an infield single, to tie it at 3. Randa leads the majors with nine sacrifice flies.

    Game notes

    2B Carlos Febles was a late scratch from the Royals' lineup with a sore left leg. Luis Alicea replaced Febles and batted leadoff for the second time this season. ... The Tigers have used 13 different players in the seventh slot in the batting order. ... Easley made a diving catch of Perez' line drive in the second to rob him of a hit with two runners on base.

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