KANSAS CITY, Mo., June 27 (UPI) -- Aaron Guiel, a 29-year-old rookie, hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday night to lift the Kansas City Royals to 6-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers in a game whose start was delayed more than two hours by rain.
Trailing, 4-3, with two on and one out, Guiel, who was playing in just his fourth major league contest, belted a 2-2 pitch from Detroit reliever and former Royal Jamie Walker 415 feet to right field for his first major league homer and a 6-4 lead. Righthander Dan Reichert (3-5) retired both batters he faced to record the win in relief of Darrell May, who allowed four runs, three earned, and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Detroit starter Adam Bernero (2-3), who left the game with the lead, surrendered five runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings to take the loss. Royals closer Roberto Hernandez worked the ninth for his 12th save.
After a 2:03 rain delay, the Tigers took the lead in the second inning when Ramon Santiago blooped an RBI single, plating Craig Paquette.
Kansas City, which has won three of its last four contests, answered in the fourth when Mike Sweeney launched an 0-1 pitch into the bullpen beyond left field.
In the fifth, Damion Easley, who was 3-for-49 entering the game, blasted May's first pitch over the left field wall to put the Tigers ahead, 2-1. Brent Mayne ripped an RBI double in the bottom of the frame to even the score, but Paquette hit a two-out single in the sixth to score Dmitri Young and regain the lead for Detroit, 3-2.
The Royals knotted the game in the sixth on Joe Randa's sacrifice fly before Wendell Magee lofted his own sacrifice fly in the seventh, putting the Tigers, who have dropped six of the last seven games, back in front.
With one out in the eighth, Brandon Inge and Paquette hit back-to-back doubles off Royals reliever Jason Grimsley to cut Detroit's deficit to 6-5.