Bonderman (9-4) struggled to the win for the Tigers, who own
baseball's best record at 60-29.
"I knew that if I kept it close ... I knew the team wasn't
going to go away and would fight," Bonderman said.
Bonderman allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings,
walking a season-high five and striking out eight.
"I wasn't able to get in a good rhythm tonight," Bonderman
said. "I got into and out of rhythm."
Jason Grilli replaced Bonderman with two on and two outs in the
sixth and retired Graffanino on a grounder.
"Lost in the ballgame was Grilli coming in to get a big out,"
Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "That might've been the biggest
out of the game."
"Mistakes," Royals manager Buddy Bell said. "And then once
you get in their bullpen, it's pretty tough."
Kansas City starter Brandon Duckworth (1-2) allowed six runs --
three earned -- and six hits in 4 2/3 innings, walking two and
striking out three.
"I felt good, especially in the fifth inning," Duckworth said.
"I just got behind in some counts and put myself behind the
eight-ball and had to make better pitches. They were swinging the
bat and they do what they do."
Duckworth didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning, when
Curtis Granderson led off with a single. He was erased when Placido Polanco grounded into a double play, but Rodriguez then homered
into the left-field stands, his eighth of the season, to make it
Things fell apart for Duckworth in the fifth when Detroit scored
five runs to drive him from the mound.
Polanco then hit a grounder to third, which Teahen bobbled and
then threw wildly to first base, allowing two runs to score and
giving the Tigers a 5-4 lead.
"We should have been out of the inning," Teahen said.
Kansas City took a 1-0 lead in the first on Graffanino's one-out
home run. The Royals made it 2-0 in the second when John Buck's
single with one out through a drawn-in infield scored Teahen, who
had led off with a triple.
Teahen gave Kansas City a 4-0 lead in the fourth with a two-run
homer. His eighth of the season followed Emil Brown's one-out
The Royals reinstated RHP Mike MacDougal from the 60-day
disabled list. He has not pitched this season after straining his
right shoulder during spring training. ... Rodriguez is hitting
.355 (192-for-540) in his career against Kansas City with 18 home
runs and 84 RBI. ... Kansas City INF Mark Grudzielanek (back) and
1B Doug Mientkiewicz (back) both missed the game and are
day-to-day. ... About 50 players, including Royals fan Tom Watson,
and Champion Tour officials attended the game, a short drive from
the TPC of Michigan, where the Senior Players Championship began
Thursday. Chi Chi Rodriguez visited the Tigers' clubhouse and
Leyland's office after the game. ... Detroit is the 10th team in
the last 30 seasons to win 60 of its first 89 games.