Gathright's big day helps K.C. finally beat Tigers in '06

DETROIT (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals finally got the best of
the Detroit Tigers.

Joey Gathright drove in four runs, Scott Elarton pitched six
effective innings and Kansas City beat Detroit 9-6 Sunday for its
first win against the Tigers this season.

Emil Brown also drove in two runs for Kansas City, which had
lost 11 straight games against Detroit this year. The win also
snapped the Tigers' 10-game home winning streak.

"It's been a long four days here," Royals manager Buddy Bell
said. "We won one, could have won three. But that's the way our
season has gone."

Marcus Thames homered twice and drove in five runs, and Carlos Guillen hit a home run for the Tigers, who own baseball's best
record at 62-30.

"Collectively, we just weren't very good," Detroit manager Jim
Leyland said. "That includes and starts with the manager and the
coaches. We just weren't good today."

Elarton (4-9) yielded three runs and three hits to get his first
win since June 22. He struck out two and walked three.

"Overall, it was decent," Elarton said. "But when you get
nine runs, that makes it a lot easier."

He also downplayed the importance of beating Detroit.

"A win is a win and it doesn't matter who it was against,"
Elarton said.

Mike MacDougal pitched a perfect ninth for his first save of the

Zach Miner (6-2) allowed five runs and eight hits in 4 1/3
innings for Detroit. The loss stopped his six-game winning streak.

"They beat me. They hit the ball well, made me work a lot and
had some good at-bats," Miner said.

Guillen's 12th homer gave Detroit a 1-0 lead in the second but
Kansas City scored four in the third. Brown and Esteban German hit
run-scoring singles and Gathright singled in two runs.

Gathright's two-run triple in the fifth made it 6-1.

The Tigers threatened in the bottom half when a walk and an
error put runners on first and second with none out. But Chris Shelton, who was on second, tried to advance to third on Alexis Gomez's flyout to center and was thrown out by Gathright for a
double play.

"I didn't think he was going to try," Gathright said. "I came
up and saw him take off. Pretty simple."

Vance Wilson followed with a single, but Elarton got Curtis Granderson on a groundout to end the inning.

Brown doubled in a run in the sixth to make it 7-1.

Thames hit a two-run homer in the sixth and a three-run drive in
the eighth. He has 19 homers this season.

"Their guys kept us off balance and pitched a good game against
us," Thames said.

After Gathright was hit by a pitch from Wilfredo Ledezma in the
seventh, he and Wilson, the Detroit catcher, had words and the
dugouts briefly cleared. But order was quickly restored.

"I just turned around and said something to myself," Gathright
said. "And he thought I said something to him."

Game notes
Kansas City beat the Tigers 4-3 on Sept. 21 in its previous
victory over Detroit. ... Kansas City 1B Doug Mientkiewicz returned
to the lineup after missing three games with a sore back. ...
Guillen's homer in the second inning gave him home runs on
consecutive pitches. He had a game-winning home run in Friday
night's game and didn't play on Saturday. He hit the first pitch in
the second inning on Sunday. ... Royals SS Tony Graffanino was
1-for-5 to stretch his hitting streak to 10 games (15-for-38),
which matches his career high. ... Before the game a new postage
stamp featuring Hall of Famer and all-time Tiger great Hank
Greenberg was displayed. Greenberg played first base and left field
for Detroit in 1930, 1933-41 and 1945-46. He then played for the
Pittsburgh Pirates the following season before retiring. Greenberg
hit 331 home runs and batted .313 for his career.