Mariners 9, Royals 6
The Seattle Mariners’ quick-strike offense has scored 13 runs in
the first two innings in winning their first two games at Kansas
Justin Smoak and Michael Saunders each hit two-run homers and
the Mariners beat the Royals 9-6 Tuesday night.
Every Mariners starter had at least one hit. Jesus Montero went
3 for 4 and drove in two runs.
Smoak homered with Montero aboard in the three-run first inning.
It was the second straight game Smoak homered in the first.
Montero’s double scored Casper Wells with the first run.
”Those guys are swinging the bats well, too, so we’re going to
have score some runs,” Smoak said. ”It was good to get on the
The Mariners, who scored seven runs in the first two innings
Monday, added three more runs in the second inning.
”It’s good any time the offense goes out there and puts up
early runs like that,” said winning pitcher Blake Beaven. ”It
gives you more confidence to go out there and get them back in the
dugout and let them keep swinging it.”
Saunders homered in the fifth inning off Vin Mazzaro after
Miguel Olivo singled to give the Mariners a 9-3 cushion.
”When you set the tone early like that and give yourself some
breathing room, it allows our young players to go out there and
relax and play and work to their true abilities a little bit
easier,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. ”We’ve had some guys
that have been struggling and working to find it. It’s been nice to
see them put some consistent days together. It’s nice to see us
swing the bats like that.”
The Mariners’ three-run second chased left-hander Ryan Verdugo,
who was making his big league debut. Kyle Seager doubled home two
runs, while Montero singled in the other run.
Beaven (4-6), who was just recalled from Triple-A Tacoma, worked
six-plus innings, allowing five runs on seven hits. He logged his
since May 30 after going 0-2 with a 15.43 ERA in two June
starts, which merited a demotion to the Pacific Coast League.
Verdugo (0-1) yielded six runs on eight hits and two walks in 1
”I got those first two outs and I was trying to take a deep
breath,” Verdugo said. ”The game is different up here. It’s much
”I left the ball up a little. I might have been a little too
amped up. I was nervous on the drive up here, but it didn’t really
affect me,” Verdugo added. ”I just really didn’t execute pitches
too well. I just left a few pitches up and they took advantage. I
know I still have to go out and execute.”
Tim Wilhelmsen worked a spotless ninth for his eighth save in 10
opportunities. Wilhelmsen has not allowed a run in 23 innings over
his past 19 games.
Lorenzo Cain hit a two-run pinch-hit homer in the seventh off
Mariners reliever Shawn Kelley to cut the lead to 9-6.
Jarrod Dyson and Alex Gordon hit back-to-back triples in Kansas
City’s three-run third.
The Royals have lost 12 of 15 to fall a season-low 13 games
below .500. They are 15-27 at Kauffman Stadium, the worst home
record in the majors.
NOTES: Mariners LHP Charlie Furbush retired the only batter he
faced in the
seventh, but left with left triceps tightness. ”I don’t think
it’s anything serious,” Wedge said. ”We didn’t want to push it.
”…The Royals designated for assignment LHP Jonathan Sanchez, who
was 1-6 with a 7.76 ERA, and optioned OF Jason Bourgeois to
Triple-A Omaha. .The Mariners optioned RHP Steve Delabar, who was
2-1 with a 4.18 ERA in 30 relief appearances, to Triple-A Tacoma. .
Bruce Chen, who is 4-0 with a 2.73 ERA and his lone big league
save in 11 career
outings against the Mariners, will start Wednesday for the
Royals. Chen’s former
Braves teammate, RHP Kevin Millwood, will start for Seattle.