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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals used their best at-bat in about six weeks to break out of their offensive funk.

After fouling off several pitches, David DeJesus grounded a 3-2 pitch up the middle for a two-run single in the second inning for a four-run lead Tuesday night, an offensive bonanza for a team that had scored in only one of its previous 38 innings.

Kansas City then held on to beat Seattle 8-6, the Royals' first win in nine games against the Mariners.

"It might have been the best at-bat since I've been here," said manager Buddy Bell, who arrived on May 31.

"The count was 3-2 with a base open and you're not sure what you're going to get. He fouled two or three pitches off. Then he hit a fastball up the middle. I thought that was an outstanding at-bat."

The Royals had been shut out in three of their last four games and had lost 14 of 16. DeJesus, who also had an RBI double, knew the Royals needed him to come through against Gil Meche in that key moment.

"Stay up there, stay calm," DeJesus said. "I fought a couple of pitches off. And I was able to get a pitch to hit up the middle."

He said a feeling of relief seemed to go through the entire team.

"I know I felt it," DeJesus said.

Angel Berroa drove in two runs behind D.J. Carrasco (4-3), who went 5 1/3 innings for the win. He gave up five runs on 10 hits, with two walks and three strikeouts.

Mike MacDougal recorded three outs for his 10th save.

Meche (8-6) also looked back on DeJesus' at-bat in the second.

"I was trying to give him a pitch to hit and get out of the inning," Meche said. "I got it over the plate too much. It's one of those days you hope doesn't happen again."

Meche breezed through the first inning, but wound up going only three innings plus two batters and was charged with five runs and seven hits, with two walks and two strikeouts.

"He threw 11 pitches in the first inning and then 60-something over the next two," Seattle manager Jim Hargrove said. "Somewhere between the first and second inning, the light switch got turned off."

Matt Stairs singled leading off the second and then with two outs, Berroa singled, Shane Costa hit an RBI single and Alberto Castillo walked. Berroa scored on Meche's wild pitch, then DeJesus slammed a two-run single into center for the Royals' first lead in five games.

Berroa's two-run triple made it 6-1 in the third.

Adrian Beltre and Willie Bloomquist each had three hits and two RBI for the Mariners, who outhit the Royals 14-7.

Beltre led off the second with a home run and had an RBI single in the seventh. Richie Sexson had an RBI single in the fifth. Bloomquist had a two-run double in the seventh and eventually scored on Ichiro Suzuki's sacrifice fly off reliever Andrew Sisco.

DeJesus also had a hand in the Royals' eighth run. His long fly ball allowed Costa to go from second to third, then Ruben Gotay drove him in with a sacrifice fly to make it 8-5 in the sixth.

Carrasco, who's now stopped an eight-game and a four-game slide, hadn't worried too much about his team's lack of offense.

"I don't want to put a bad seed in my mind like that," he said. "I just go out there and say I'm going to keep this team close. I don't want to go out there thinking, 'Man, these guys aren't going to score for me.' I know everybody's doing the best they can. Some days, it just doesn't happen."

Notes

For the second game in a row, the Mariners managed to avoid giving up a run in the first inning. They had surrendered at least one run in the first in seven consecutive games. ... Sweeney is one of only 10 major-league players who have earned five All-Star selections in the past six seasons. ... The Royals have seven double plays in their last three games.

 
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Players of the Game
Seattle

A. Beltre
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Kansas City

D. DeJesus
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF3011101 .306
Randy Winn, LF5120013 .266
Raul Ibanez, DH5010003 .292
Richie Sexson, 1B5121022 .245
Adrian Beltre, 3B5132021 .269
Jeremy Reed, CF4110011 .260
Jose Lopez, 2B4110002 .226
Willie Bloomquist, SS3132100 .235
Pat Borders, C3000014 .209
   a- Chris Snelling, PH0000000 .000
   b- Scott Spiezio, PH1000001 .059
    Miguel Olivo, C0000000 .147
Totals3861462718 
a-announced for Borders in the 8th
b-flied out for Snelling in the 8th
Batting
2B - Randy Winn (22, Carrasco), Richie Sexson (17, Sisco), Jose Lopez (4, Carrasco), Willie Bloomquist (5, Carrasco)
HR - Adrian Beltre (9, Carrasco)
SF - Ichiro Suzuki (3)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (28), Richie Sexson (59), Adrian Beltre 2 (41), Willie Bloomquist 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Richie Sexson (26)
SB - Willie Bloomquist (5, 2nd base off Gobble/Castillo)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Bloomquist-J. Lopez-Sexson
E - Pat Borders (2, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
Gil Meche (L,8-6) 3775220 4.97
Matt Thornton 2011300 5.04
J.J. Putz 2000010 2.43
Ron Villone 1000110 2.70
IBB - Sweeney by Matt Thornton
HBP - E. Brown (by J.J. Putz)
WP - Gil Meche (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Gil Meche 80-50, Matt Thornton 32-12, J.J. Putz 22-14, Ron Villone 20-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gil Meche 6-2, Matt Thornton 3-2, J.J. Putz 2-3, Ron Villone 1-1
Batters Faced - Gil Meche 19, Matt Thornton 8, J.J. Putz 7, Ron Villone 4
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, CF4023101 .286
Ruben Gotay, 2B4001013 .248
Mike Sweeney, DH3100101 .291
Matt Stairs, 1B4110001 .254
Emil Brown, RF3000012 .288
Mark Teahen, 3B3100122 .251
Angel Berroa, SS4122001 .241
Shane Costa, LF3211101 .283
Alberto Castillo, C2210200 .213
Totals308776412 
Batting
2B - David DeJesus (15, Meche), Alberto Castillo (5, Meche)
3B - Angel Berroa (3, Meche)
SF - Ruben Gotay (5)
RBI - David DeJesus 3 (35), Ruben Gotay (29), Angel Berroa 2 (20), Shane Costa (7)
2-OUT RBI - David DeJesus 2 (13), Angel Berroa 2 (12), Shane Costa (1)
SB - Emil Brown (3, 2nd base off Putz/Borders)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Berroa-Gotay-Stairs, Teahen-Gotay-Stairs
Kansas City Royals
D.J. Carrasco (W,4-3) 5.11055231 3.69
Andy Sisco (H,8) 1311010 2.79
Mike Wood (H,5) 0.2100000 3.54
Jimmy Gobble (H,2) 1000010 4.91
Mike MacDougal (S,10) 1000020 4.14
WP - D.J. Carrasco (2)
Pitches-Strikes - D.J. Carrasco 87-55, Andy Sisco 20-12, Mike Wood 4-4, Jimmy Gobble 16-9, Mike MacDougal 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D.J. Carrasco 9-3, Mike Wood 1-0, Mike MacDougal 1-0
Batters Faced - D.J. Carrasco 27, Andy Sisco 6, Mike Wood 2, Jimmy Gobble 3, Mike MacDougal 3
Game Information
Attendance - 10658
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Terry Craft, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez