Jones Goat, Inge Hero

By: AP
By: AP

DETROIT (AP) -- Brandon Inge's two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Detroit Tigers a 10-8 win over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night.

Sean Casey singled with one out before Inge lined the first pitch he saw from reliever Joakim Soria (1-3) over the left-field fence for his 12th homer of the season.

Craig Monroe drove in four runs, including a three-run homer, Ryan Raburn hit his first major league home run, and Placido Polanco also homered for Detroit.

The Royals tied it at 8 with two runs off Detroit closer Todd Jones in the top of the ninth. David DeJesus' groundout made it 8-7, and Mark Grudzielanek's single brought in Tony Pena Jr. with the tying run. It was Jones' fifth blown save of the season.

Justin Verlander gave up five runs, four earned, and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, walking two and striking out seven. He also had a career-high three of the Tigers' four wild pitches. Catcher Ivan Rodriguez had a passed ball.

Chad Durbin (7-3) got the win by pitching a perfect 10th for the Tigers.

Royals starter Jorge De La Rosa got battered early, giving up seven runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out one.

Monroe broke a 2-2 tie with his two-out, three-run homer in the third.

John Buck made it 5-3 in the fifth with his 16th home run. The drive to right center was originally ruled a double, but the Royals argued and after the umpires conferred, the call was reversed. Replays showed the ball hit above the yellow home run line.

The Tigers made it 7-3 in the fifth on Gary Sheffield's RBI double and Rodriguez's two-out, run-scoring single.

Emil Brown closed the gap to 7-5 with a two-out, two-run single in the sixth, before Polanco hit his fourth home run in the seventh.

The Royals got a run in the eighth on Alex Gordon's fielder's choice.

Kansas City took a 1-0 lead in the first with the aid of two Verlander wild pitches. DeJesus led off with a walk and eventually scored on Billy Butler's two-out single.

But Detroit took a 2-1 lead in its half of the first. Raburn led off with his home run to tie the game, and consecutive two-out doubles by Ordonez and Monroe gave the Tigers the lead.

The Royals tied it in the third on Rodriguez's passed ball after a leadoff single by Pena, and Mark Teahen's two-out double, which sent Pena to third.


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