DETROIT (AP) -- Brandon Inge was at home, packing in preparation
to move. He figured it would be an easy day at the ballpark.
Then catcher Ivan Rodriguez was pulled from the starting lineup
because of inflammation in his right wrist, and Inge was in the
"I was just kicking back today," Inge said. "It was kind of a
Johnson (4-6) worked around nine hits in 7 2-3 innings. He
walked none and struck out three.
"He made the pitches when he needed to," Kansas City's Joe
Randa said. "We left some guys out there. He did a good job when
he needed to."
Johnson was pulled in favor of Danny Patterson after Ken
Harvey's two-out single in the eighth. Patterson then got Matt
Stairs to fly out.
"In the first four innings, I was cutting my pitches," said
Johnson. "After that, I tried to cut down on the cutters and the
speed came back on the fastball. The changeup was my most important
Ugueth Urbina pitched the ninth for his seventh save in eight
Rookie Zack Greinke (0-1) lost his first major league decision.
He gave up six hits in seven innings.
"Greinke made only one mistake," Royals manager Tony Pena
That was Inge's fifth homer as he hit a 3-2 pitch down the
left-field line after a two-out single by Eric Munson.
"The pressure is off of him," Detroit bench coach Kirk Gibson
said. "He loves playing all the positions. The kid is always
The Tigers loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth on
Carlos Guillen's one-out triple, a walk to Dmitri Young with two
out and a catcher's interference call, which allowed Carlos Pena to
reach base. But Craig Monroe grounded out to end the inning.
Kansas City had two runners on with one out in the third after
singles by Kelly Stinnett and Desi Relaford. But Carlos Beltran
flied out and Mike Sweeney ended the inning by grounding into a
The Royals also had runners on first and second with two outs in
the fifth after singles by Stinnett and Beltran. Sweeney again made
the final out, on a fly ball.
"We never got the big hit," Pena said.
Royals C Benito Santiago did not play because of a sore
thumb. ... Tigers manager Alan Trammell missed his second
consecutive game because of a flu virus. Pitching coach Bob Cluck
and Gibson ran the team. ... Guillen's third-inning triple was the
500th hit of his career. ... Harvey was 2-for-4, stretching his
hitting streak to 11 games (24-for-45).