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Kansas City 4, Detroit 0

  |   April 29, 2002 at 10:23 PM
DETROIT, April 29 (UPI) -- Jeff Suppan pitched a two-hitter Monday night for his first shutout in 19 months as the Kansas City Royals snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-0 blanking of the Detroit Tigers.

It was the third career shutout for Suppan and first since Sept. 27, 2000, when he also whitewashed the Tigers. The righthander allowed just a bunt single to former Royal Shane Halter in the second inning and a one-out base hit to Randall Simon in the seventh.

In between, Suppan (2-3) retired 15 of 16 batters. He struck out three and walked one.

Tigers starter Jeff Weaver (1-4) held the Royals scoreless on four hits over seven innings before surrendering the decisive run on a wild pitch in the eighth.

Weaver started the eighth by giving up a single to Carlos Febles and a double to Donnie Sadler. With Michael Tucker at the plate, Weaver threw a high, inside pitch that rookie catcher Mike Rivera was unable to stop, allowing Febles to score.

Mike Sweeney and Raul Ibanez each had two hits and scored a run for Kansas City, which added three runs in the ninth and improved to 3-1 against Detroit this season.

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