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Mariners pound on Royals to complete three-game sweep

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jamie Moyer doesn't want his Seattle Mariners teammates getting too excited after sweeping the Kansas City Royals.

Moyer pitched seven strong innings for his 12th victory in 20 career decisions against the Royals as the Mariners completed a three-game sweep with a 10-2 win Thursday.

"We've played eight games," he said. "It's something to work off of and build off of, but it's a long season."

With the win, Seattle already matched the number of road sweeps it had all last season while going 25-55 away from home. And the Mariners' team ERA is an impressive 3.33.

"We're excited," said Richie Sexson, who had an RBI double and a two-run homer. "This is a great series for us, a great way to start a road trip."

The Royals, who scored only five runs in the series, are getting consistent production only from Mike Sweeney.

Jeremy Reed had a three-run double in the six-run fourth for the Mariners, who hadn't swept in Kansas City since Sept. 6-8, 2002.

"We got good pitching and we got some big hits," manager Mike Hargrove said. "You combine all those, usually you come out on the good side."

Moyer (2-0) gave up nine hits and two runs, with four strikeouts and one walk. He gave up a run in each of the first two innings, and then retired John Buck on a fly ball for the third out with the bases loaded in the third.

After that, he cruised.

"I felt pretty good on the mound," Moyer said. "It was just a matter of locating some pretty good pitches."

The ball Sweeney hit for an RBI double in the first inning was not even in the strike zone, he said.

"He just went down and got it. There's nothing you can do but tip you hat to an at-bat like that."

Reed's three-run double keyed a six-run fourth inning against rookie right-hander Denny Bautista (1-1). Sexson had an RBI double in the fourth and a two-run home run off reliever Mike Wood in the sixth.

Bautista, making his seventh major league start, went 3 1/3 innings and was charged with six runs on four hits, three walks and a strikeout.

"It seemed like he didn't have any feel for his fastball today, so he went to his breaking ball," Royals manager Tony Pena said. "Sometimes you see pitchers changing like that, but not after only one inning. The first inning he's throwing 95, 96, 98 (mph) and it seemed like they didn't want any part of him. But then he just changed."

Bautista gave up a sacrifice fly to Randy Winn and an RBI single to Dan Wilson in the second.

In the fourth, Wilson Valdez hit a two-run double, and Mike Wood relieved Bautista and walked Ichiro Suzuki intentionally to load the bases. Two pitches later, Reed's bases-clearing double sailed into left-center. Sexson then made it 8-2 with an RBI double.

Sweeney has hit in eight consecutive games and is batting .359 with four doubles and eight RBI.

Notes

  • The Royals actually outhit the Mariners 11-10 but gave up seven walks.
  • Hargrove said "four or five" Seattle players were feeling flu-like symptoms before the game.
  • 3B Adrian Beltre left the game in the fourth inning with tightness in his lower back but Hargrove said he expected him to be ready for the next game.
  • Royals 1B Calvin Pickering was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. He's been given permission to leave for Los Angeles this weekend where his wife is due to give birth.
  • Buck broke an 0-for-20 skid with a single in the sixth.
 
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Ichiro comes around to score during the Mariners' six-run fourth inning. (AP)
Ichiro comes around to score during the Mariners' six-run fourth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Seattle

R. Sexson
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Seattle

J. Moyer
IP 7.0
H 9
ER 2
BB 1
K 4
 
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4120100 .417
Jeremy Reed, CF5113002 .182
Adrian Beltre, 3B2000001 .265
   a- Scott Spiezio, PH-3B1100211 .000
Richie Sexson, 1B4223111 .265
    Greg Dobbs, 1B0000000 .250
Bret Boone, 2B3010211 .294
    Willie Bloomquist, 2B0000000 .667
Raul Ibanez, DH4210124 .200
Randy Winn, LF4111002 .300
Dan Wilson, C4111010 .273
Wilson Valdez, SS5112011 .269
Totals361010107713 
a-struck out for Beltre in the 4th
Batting
2B - Jeremy Reed (4, Wood), Richie Sexson (4, Wood), Wilson Valdez (2, D. Bautista)
HR - Richie Sexson (3, Wood)
SF - Randy Winn (1)
RBI - Jeremy Reed 3 (6), Richie Sexson 3 (12), Randy Winn (2), Dan Wilson (1), Wilson Valdez 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Richie Sexson 3 (7), Dan Wilson (1)
SB - Ichiro Suzuki (4, 2nd base off D. Bautista/Buck)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Valdez-Boone-Sexson
E - Adrian Beltre (1, misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
Jamie Moyer (W,2-0) 7922140 2.50
Julio Mateo 2200010 0.00
HBP - Graffanino (by Julio Mateo)
Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 107-71, Julio Mateo 29-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 7-10, Julio Mateo 1-4
Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 31, Julio Mateo 9
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, CF5131011 .306
Tony Graffanino, 2B3000003 .280
Mike Sweeney, 1B5021002 .359
Emil Brown, RF5010014 .273
Eli Marrero, LF4010003 .059
Calvin Pickering, DH4000033 .158
Angel Berroa, SS3110101 .265
John Buck, C4010005 .138
Joe McEwing, 3B4020001 .500
Totals3721121523 
Batting
2B - Mike Sweeney (4, Moyer)
SH - Tony Graffanino (1)
RBI - David DeJesus (3), Mike Sweeney (8)
2-OUT RBI - David DeJesus (2)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
PB - John Buck (1)
Kansas City Royals
Denny Bautista (L,1-1) 3.1466310 5.56
Mike Wood 2.2544321 10.50
Andy Sisco 3100140 2.35
IBB - Suzuki by Mike Wood
HBP - Wilson (by Denny Bautista)
Pitches-Strikes - Denny Bautista 78-41, Mike Wood 68-36, Andy Sisco 44-28
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Denny Bautista 7-2, Mike Wood 3-3, Andy Sisco 2-3
Batters Faced - Denny Bautista 18, Mike Wood 16, Andy Sisco 11
Game Information
Attendance - 10212
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Rick Reed, First Base - Terry Craft, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez