Mariners 4, Royals 3

Kevin Millwood is having an easy time ignoring trade

speculation.

”My computer’s broke,” he said.

His arm is not.

The way Millwood is pitching lately, he could be a quick fix for

someone’s rotation before Tuesday’s trade deadline.

The 37-year-old right-hander pitched effectively into the

seventh inning, Jesus Montero hit a two-run homer and the Seattle

Mariners beat the Kansas City Royals 4-3 on Saturday.

Millwood (4-8) gave up one unearned run and six hits in 6 1-3

innings, lowering his ERA to 3.91 with his second consecutive solid

outing. He struck out three, walked one and was aided by two

excellent plays from Brendan Ryan.

The shortstop sprinted into left field to catch a popup well

behind third base, then later ranged to his right to gobble up a

grounder, leap and throw to first for an out.

”I’m not sure you can get any better than that guy,” Millwood

said.

Tom Wilhelmsen worked the ninth for his 13th save. Lorenzo Cain

hit an RBI triple with two outs before Alex Gordon grounded

out.

Cain’s fly ball soared into the sunlight and Seattle right

fielder Casper Wells paused, waiting for it to come down to a point

where he could pick it up. Then he sprinted toward the line, but it

was too late.

The ball tailed away from Wells and dropped, putting the

Mariners in peril.

”He probably hit it in the best spot you could possibly hit a

ball,” Wells said. ”I’m glad Tom got out of it because I wouldn’t

have had a good afternoon after that.”

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas sprained his right knee

while diving for a grounder in the first inning. He is day to day

and will be examined again Sunday.

Billy Butler was 3 for 3 for Kansas City.

Montero hit his 10th home run, connecting in the third off Bruce

Chen (8-8).

”Made a mistake on Montero,” Kansas City manager Ned Yost

said. ”Tried to go in on him and the ball ended up

middle-away.”

After navigating around two hits in the first, Chen gave up

three runs on four hits in the third.

Gordon turned Kyle Seager’s fly ball into a double when he lost

it in the sun in left field in the third. Miguel Olivo followed

with a single to right and the Mariners challenged the arm of Jeff

Francoeur, who came into the game leading the league in outfield

assists. Seager slid wide and tapped the plate with his hand to put

Seattle up 3-1.

Kansas City took a first-inning lead when Butler singled home

Alcides Escobar.

The Royals closed to 3-2 in the eighth when Gordon doubled off

Brandon League and Escobar hit a one-out triple. But Chris Getz,

hitting in Moustakas’ spot, grounded out against a drawn-in infield

and after an intentional walk to Butler, Yuniesky Betancourt

grounded out to end the inning.

The Mariners added a run in the eighth on Mike Carp’s sacrifice

fly.

Kansas City lost its fourth straight on the road and dropped to

1-6 against the Mariners this season.

NOTES: The Mariners inducted Randy Johnson and Dan Wilson into

the team’s Hall of Fame. They are the fifth and sixth members,

joining Alvin Davis, Edgar Martinez, Jay Buhner and former

broadcaster Dave Niehaus. … Getz came in to play second and

Yuniesky Betancourt moved to Moustakas’ spot at third after the

injury. Getz dropped a soft fly ball on his first fielding chance.

Moustakas has been hitting third and is second on the team in home

runs and RBIs.