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Pena comes through
Royals 5, Tigers 4
Gil Meche struck out five and walked four on Monday. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Tony Pena drove in John Buck with the winning run on a single in the 11th as the Royals nipped the Tigers on Opening Day in Detroit. Gil Meche was solid in his second consecutive Opening Day start, yielding three runs over six innings.
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Series at a glance:
KC
Kansas City (1-0)
Won 1
Kansas City 5, Detroit 4   DET
Detroit (0-1)
Lost 1
March 31, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   R   H   E 
Kansas City
0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 1   5 10 0
Detroit
0 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0   4 10 1
Standings thru 3/31/08  |  Recap: KC | DET  |  Gameday  |  Royals stats  |  Tigers stats
Kansas CityABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
DeJesus, CF1000000.000
  a-Gathright, PH-CF4000102.000
Grudzielanek, 2B4131000.750
  1-German, PR-2B1000012.000
Gordon, 3B5112025.200
Guillen, RF5000023.000
Butler, DH5010001.200
Teahen, LF3110202.333
Gload, 1B4110001.250
Buck, C5121020.400
Pena, SS5011032.200
Totals42510531018 

a-Grounded out for DeJesus in the 3rd.
1-Ran for Grudzielanek in the 10th.

BATTING
3B: Teahen (1, Lopez).
HR: Gordon (1, 6th inning off Verlander, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Grudzielanek 3; Gordon 4; Butler; Teahen 3; Gload; Buck 2; Pena.
RBI: Gordon 2 (2), Buck (1), Grudzielanek (1), Pena (1).
2-out RBI: Grudzielanek; Pena.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Guillen; Teahen; Gordon; Gload; Butler; German.
S: Gload.
Team LOB: 9.

BASERUNNING
SB: German (1, 2nd base off Bautista/Rodriguez), Grudzielanek (1, 2nd base off Verlander/Rodriguez).

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Guillen (Ordonez at home).
DP: (Pena-Grudzielanek-Gload).

 
DetroitABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Renteria, SS5011131.200
Polanco, 2B6000006.000
Sheffield, DH1001410.000
Ordonez, RF5020005.400
Cabrera, 3B5111023.200
Guillen, 1B5231000.600
Rodriguez, C5110021.200
Jones, J, LF4000022.000
  Thomas, LF10100001.000
Inge, CF3010110.333
Totals40410461118 

BATTING
2B: Guillen (1, Meche), Ordonez (1, Meche), Inge (1, Meche), Thomas (1, Soria).
HR: Cabrera (1, 5th inning off Meche, 0 on, 0 out), Guillen (1, 8th inning off Tomko, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Renteria; Ordonez 3; Cabrera 4; Guillen 7; Rodriguez; Thomas 2; Inge 2.
RBI: Renteria (1), Sheffield (1), Cabrera (1), Guillen (1).
2-out RBI: Renteria; Sheffield.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cabrera; Polanco 2; Ordonez 2.
S: Inge.
GIDP: Ordonez.
Team LOB: 10.

FIELDING
E: Cabrera (1, throw).
PB: Rodriguez (1).
Outfield assists: Inge (Teahen at home).

 
Kansas CityIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Meche 6.08334514.50
Tomko (BS, 1)2.01111214.50
Nunez (W, 1-0)2.00001300.00
Soria (S, 1)1.01000100.00
 
DetroitIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Verlander 6.04441616.00
Grilli (BS, 1)0.11000000.00
Seay 0.10000000.00
Lopez 1.12000000.00
Jones, T 1.00000100.00
Bautista (L, 0-1)2.03112304.50

Verlander pitched to 2 batters in the 7th.

HBP: Grudzielanek (by Verlander).
Pitches-strikes: Meche 99-64, Tomko 32-19, Nunez 26-16, Soria 15-10, Verlander 97-60, Grilli 8-7, Seay 4-3, Lopez 11-9, Jones, T 15-10, Bautista 38-25.
Ground outs-fly outs: Meche 4-8, Tomko 4-0, Nunez 0-3, Soria 2-0, Verlander 6-6, Grilli 1-0, Seay 0-1, Lopez 1-3, Jones, T 1-1, Bautista 1-1.
Batters faced: Meche 29, Tomko 7, Nunez 7, Soria 4, Verlander 25, Grilli 2, Seay 1, Lopez 6, Jones, T 3, Bautista 10.
Inherited runners-scored: Grilli 2-1, Seay 2-0, Lopez 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Tim Welke. 1B: Chuck Meriwether. 2B: Adrian Johnson. 3B: Bill Welke.
Weather: 51 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 16 mph, In from RF.
T: 3:37.
Att: 44,934.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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