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Royals Score 26, Then Are Shut Out

Kansas City sets team record for runs in first game of doubleheader against Detroit before an 8-0 loss in nightcap.

September 10, 2004|From Associated Press

DETROIT — Alan Trammell has seen a lot of crazy things during almost three decades in the major leagues.

Nothing, however, prepared him for Thursday.

A half-hour after being on the wrong end of several records in a 26-5 loss to the Kansas City Royals, his Detroit Tigers went out and won, 8-0, in the second game of the doubleheader.

"We got our clocks cleaned in the first game, and then came out and shut them out in the second game," the manager said. "How can you explain something like that? You just can't."

The Royals were equally perplexed after setting a team record for runs in Game 1. They tied for the fifth-most runs in a major league game since 1900, scoring the most since Texas beat Baltimore, 26-7, on April 19, 1996, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Joe Randa went six for seven and tied a major league record by scoring six times. He became the first AL player to have six hits and six runs in a nine-inning game.

"You go through stretches like this, where everything you hit finds a hole," said Randa, who played for Detroit in 1998. "I know I got lucky out there."

Randa had five singles and a double, but he wasn't in the starting lineup for the second game.

"He's awfully tired from running the bases," Royal Manager Tony Pena joked between games.

Jeremy Bonderman (9-11) shut down the Royals in the nightcap, giving up six hits in eight innings. Kansas City only got one runner into scoring position against the 21-year-old right-hander, who had nine strikeouts.

In the first game, the Royals matched an AL record by putting 13 consecutive batters on base during an 11-run third inning.

It was the most runs given up by the Tigers in a nine-inning game -- Detroit has given up 24 runs twice.

The Royals had 26 hits against five pitchers. Angel Berroa had a three-run homer and a career-high five RBIs.

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