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Detroit ends three-game skid

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers expected their offense to pick
up once Dmitri Young returned to the lineup. They just didn't
expect it to happen so quickly.

In Young's first game back from a broken leg, the Tigers had
their first five-homer day at Comerica Park, beating the Kansas
City Royals 8-4 to stop a three-game losing streak.

"We had a lot of great performances out there today," Tigers
manager Alan Trammell said. "But the way we've been struggling,
I'm only thinking about getting the win."

Eric Munson and Carlos Guillen hit two homers each, the first
multihomer games of their careers. No. 9 hitter Omar Infante hit
his third of the year as Detroit won for the second time in eight
games.

"I'll take that kind of support every day," winning pitcher
Gary Knotts said. "And with D back in the lineup, we know our
offense is going to capable of a lot of days like this."

Guillen's second homer came on a line drive that took a bad hop
past center fielder Carlos Beltran and became the third
inside-the-park homer in the ballpark's five-year history.

"I've been working on that bounce in batting practice,"
Guillen joked. "I'm going to try to do it again tomorrow."

Young, playing his first game since breaking his right leg April
6 in the season's second game, went 2-for-4 with a double and a
walk.

"I was battling the nerves a little, but that's expected," he
said. "Once you get out there, though, you just think about
winning. Now that I'm back out there, it's going to be a fun
summer."

Ivan Rodriguez was called out in the fifth inning for passing
Guillen on the bases. Guillen had held up at second on a long fly
ball and Rodriguez, who started the play on first, went past him
before realizing the ball was going to be caught.

"That play kept us in the game," Kansas City manager Tony Pena
said. "We still had a chance after Pudge did that, but it got out
of hand pretty quick."

Knotts (2-1) allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings,
while Kansas City's Darrell May (2-7) fell to 1-3 in his last four
starts, giving up five runs and eight hits in five innings.
Last-place Kansas City, struggling to overcome a slow start in the
AL Central, has lost two in a row after winning four of five.

"It seemed like they knew exactly what was coming," said May,
who beat the Tigers in his previous start. "I got in trouble last
time, but I got out of it. This time, every time I made a mistake,
they just crushed it."

Detroit took a 2-0 lead on Carlos Pena's triple in the second,
but the Royals tied the game in the third on an RBI double by Tony
Graffanino and a run-scoring single by Matt Stairs.

Guillen homered in the third for a 3-2 lead and Munson, who
entered batting .136 in his last 22 games, hit a two-run homer in
the fourth.

"For some reason, when I'm struggling, facing a left-hander
seems to get me back doing things right," Munson said. "Today, I
was seeing the ball good and I got a couple balls up in the air."

Ken Harvey's solo homer pulled the Royals to 5-3 in the sixth,
but Munson hit a solo shot in the bottom half. Detroit loaded the
bases on a single and two walks in the seventh, but Jamie Cerda got
Pena to hit into an inning-ending double play.

Infante and Guillen homered in the ninth off Curtis Leskanic.

Game notes
Byron Gettis had the first two-hit game of his four-day
career. ... To make room for Young, the Tigers placed rookie DH
Chris Shelton (injured foot) on the disabled list. ... Ugueth
Urbina, who gave up six ninth-inning runs in a 7-3 loss to
Baltimore on Sunday, allowed a run in the ninth.