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Tigers rally, but cough up the lead in loss to Royals

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DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 01: Jacob Turner #50 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the first inning during the game against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park on September 1, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 01: Jacob Turner #50 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the first inning during the game against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park on September 1, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Final - 9.1.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City Royals 0 2 0 0 4 0 4 1 0 11 17 1
Detroit Tigers 0 0 3 0 2 3 0 0 0 8 11 1
WP: Aaron Crow (4 - 4)
SV: Joakim Soria (25)
LP: Phil Coke (2 - 9)

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BOX

KEY STAT

0+ IP, 3 ER: Phil Coke (with help from Luis Marte) couldn't hold the 8-6 lead the Tigers won in the sixth inning.

KEY PLAY

Nothing was really key in the seventh inning, it just all added up to "Oh crap!"

KEY THOUGHTS

Sorry for the late recap, had some things I had to take care of.

While the Tigers were rallying back from a 6-3 deficit to take the lead, I was thinking to myself, "Is this too much to ask? Can they rally for three consecutive games?" Answer: Yes, too much to ask. And sure, you can put this game on the bullpen. You could put it on the starter too. You can put it on Phil Coke's back, but Coke has been good recently so it's hard to stay mad at him for long. It's just a loss. It is what it is.

Now the Tigers have to rally back to win two of three this weekend in a key series with the White Sox. Fortunately Justin Verlander is on the mound Friday night. Don't forget the game Saturday is on Fox and the game Sunday is ESPN's 8 p.m. game.