Royals 8, Tigers 3, 1st Game
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DETROIT (AP) _ Jeff Suppan allowed four hits in seven innings as the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 8-3 in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday.
Suppan (10-14), who had been 0-3 since Sept. 9, allowed one unearned run and four hits. Kansas City (64-96) clinched the season series 10-7 and needed wins in its final two games to overtake Detroit (65-95) and avoid finishing last in the AL Central.
Jeff Weaver (13-16) gave up six runs and nine hits in 7 2-3 innings and struck out nine.
Carlos Beltran hit an RBI triple to the flagpole in left-center and scored on Mike Sweeney’s bloop single as the Royals took a 2-0 lead in the first.
Detroit loaded the bases in the bottom half, but Angel Berroa made a nice play at shortstop on Robert Fick’s grounder, ending the inning.
Suppan threw wildly to first base for an error on a pickoff throw in the fifth that allowed Brandon Inge to score from third.
Kansas City made it 6-1 in the eighth on RBI singles by Beltran, Raul Ibanez and Dee Brown followed by a bases-loaded walk to Mark Quinn. The walk was Quinn’s 12th in 463 plate appearances.
Detroit got a pair of runs in the eighth on Randall Simon’s sacrifice fly off Cory Bailey and Fick’s RBI single off Roberto Hernandez. With the bases loaded, Deivi Cruz hit into an inning-ending double play. Ibanez hit a two-run triple in the ninth off Luis Pineda.
Hernandez got five outs for his 28th save in 34 chances.
Notes: The game originally was scheduled for Sept. 14, then was rescheduled for Friday and was rained out. ... Tigers reliever Danny Patterson has a torn Achilles’ tendon.