Series: Game 4 of 4

Series tied 2-2 (as of 9/16)

Game 1: Friday, September 13
Kansas City 2Final
in 10
Detroit 4
Game 2: Saturday, September 14
Kansas City 5Final
Detroit 1
Game 3: Sunday, September 15
Kansas City 9Final
Detroit 3
Game 4: Monday, September 16
Kansas City 2Final
Detroit 5

Royals 2

(58-92, 24-51 away)

Tigers 5

(54-96, 33-42 home)

    7:05 PM ET, September 16, 2002

    Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan 

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    W: M. Maroth (6-8)

    L: D. May (4-10)

    S: F. German (1)

    Maroth pitches eight innings despite death in family

    DETROIT (AP) -- Mike Maroth never let on that he was pitching in pain.

    After finding out in the afternoon that his grandmother had died during the morning, he pitched eight strong innings Monday night to lead the Detroit Tigers over Kansas City 5-2.

    Maroth will fly to Orlando, Fla., Tuesday and return to the team Thursday.

    ''This is really the first death in the family that I've ever had to deal with, so it is tough,'' Maroth said. ''I didn't think about it while I was pitching, but I thought about her a lot between innings.''

    Maroth only told team president Dave Dombrowski, because he didn't want manager Luis Pujols to be worried.

    ''I just wanted to go out and pitch and let my performance make the decision,'' Maroth said. ''I didn't want him to take her death into consideration when he was watching me pitch.''

    Said Pujols: ''I have a lot of respect for that young man. That had to have been hard, but he pitched a great game.''

    The Tigers won for only the fifth time in 25 games. The Royals, who are 3-11 this month, lead Detroit by four games in the race to avoid last place in the American League Central.

    Maroth (6-8) snapped a three-start losing streak, giving up two runs and six hits in eight innings. The rookie walked one and struck out four.

    ''He did a great job out there,'' Pujols said of his rookie starter. ''He struggled a little in one inning, and then he found himself again. He's had some bad games, but he's had more good ones. That's encouraging.''

    Franklyn German pitched one scoreless inning for his first career save.

    ''It felt awesome to get my first major league save,'' he said. ''And it was nice to do it on a day where my friend Carlos Pena hit a big homer.''

    Darrell May (4-10) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings. He is 1-2 in four starts since rejoining the Royals' rotation in late August.

    Pena hit his 19th home run in the first inning, a three-run shot. Hiram Bocachica led off with a single, Robert Fick singled with one out and Pena followed with a drive over the scoreboard in right-center field.

    ''Two pitches killed me in that inning,'' May said. ''The pitch to Fick and the homer. I threw Pena a fastball right down the middle -- it was like a batting-practice pitch.''

    Detroit has struggled holding a lead all season, so Pujols wasn't sure if he should be happy with Pena.

    ''I was scared that we scored too early,'' he said. ''We aren't good with an early lead.''

    Kansas City got two runs back in the third, but could have had more.

    Neifi Perez and A.J. Hinch led off with singles, and Angel Berroa made it 3-1 with a double to deep left. After Carlos Beltran popped out, Mike Sweeney lifted a fly ball to medium-deep right field. Hinch scored easily, but Fick threw out Berroa at third, ending the inning.

    ''Any time that you run the bases, especially when you are going from one base to the next, you have to think about sliding,'' said Kansas City manager Tony Pena.

    Damian Jackson hit a two-run single in the eighth for the Tigers.

    Game notes

    Fick's assist was his major league-leading 19th of the year. He also leads the majors with 12 outfield errors. ... Detroit's Shane Halter snapped an 0-for-16 skid with a sixth-inning single. ... The Royals have to win eight of their final 12 games to avoid tying the team record of 97 defeats. ... May has allowed three runs on six hits in six innings in each of his last two starts. ... Dave Winfield did the daily video tribute to retiring Tigers announcer Ernie Harwell. ... The game drew just 10,469 fans, second-lowest in the third-year history of Comerica Park. The Tigers and Royals drew just 9,643 on April 29.

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