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Lowly Royals lose 18th straight, get closer to AL record

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SEATTLE -- One of the Kansas City Royals has even had to change his evening plans.

"I'm embarrassed," right-hander Jose Lima said. "I'm embarrassed to go into a bar. The people would say, 'They lost 18 in a row. They really stink this year."'

The Royals lost their club-record 18th straight game Wednesday, moving within three of matching the longest skid in American League history by falling 11-5 to the Seattle Mariners.

Manager Buddy Bell rejoined the Royals after a two-game absence while attending burial services at Arlington National Cemetery for his Marine nephew, who was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq earlier this month.

Bell returned to the dugout and watched the Royals get closer to the AL record of 21 straight losses set by the Baltimore Orioles at the start of the 1988 season. The modern major league record for consecutive losses is 23, set by the 1961 Philadelphia Phillies.

"This is tough," Lima said, packing to get ready to go to Oakland with the rest of the Royals. "This is something we didn't plan. Nothing is going our way right now."

The Royals start a three-game series at Oakland on Friday night before returning home to face Boston for three games beginning Tuesday night. They're 0-3 against the Athletics and Red Sox, with both sweeps coming during their current streak.

Lima (4-11) will start Friday night for the Royals, with Mike Wood (3-4) going Saturday night and Runelvys Hernandez (8-11) on Sunday.

Lima lost 1-0 to Mike Maroth in the second game of a doubleheader at Detroit last Sunday. He noted the Athletics, 5-3 losers to Baltimore on Wednesday, have a losing streak of their own at four straight. Like the Royals, the A's are off Thursday.

He hopes to break his team's losing streak.

"I hope they keep losing," Lima said of the A's. "I've just got to do my job and stay focused like my last game."

Adrian Beltre hit a grand slam in the first inning for the Mariners, and Jamie Moyer (10-4) made the early lead stand up. Seattle's final run came in the eighth when Kansas City reliever Mike MacDougal fielded an easy comebacker with the bases loaded and threw the ball over catcher Paul Phillips' head.

Phillips provided the Royals' biggest highlight, hitting a grand slam with two outs in the ninth, his first major league homer.

"I'm excited I hit a home run and I'm excited it was a grand slam, but it's way overshadowed by the way we played," Phillips said. "It's never easy losing one game much less this many."

Bell took over the Royals on May 31, three weeks after manager Tony Pena resigned. He watched D.J. Carrasco (5-7) surrender Beltre's slam on his 17th pitch of the game.

Richie Sexson's 30th homer in the fifth off Shawn Camp gave the Mariners an 8-0 lead.

"We've got to give ourselves a chance," Bell said.

Bell doesn't want to think about the possibility of his team tying Baltimore's 21-game losing streak on Sunday.

"There's a lot of history I care about, but right now I just want to move forward," he said. "We just need to play better. Right now we're struggling at both ends. Nobody is going to give us any pity and we're not going to pity ourselves."

Kansas City has given up 10 or more runs seven times during their losing streak, while pitching to a 7.40 ERA. The Royals were outscored 26-11 and outhit 37-19 in the series against the Mariners.

Moyer pitched seven strong innings as Seattle completed the sweep. Kansas City has been swept in six straight series and shut out twice during the skid. For the season, they've been swept 17 times.

"Teams like Kansas City coming in here are scary," Sexson said. "Eventually, they have to win. You just hope it's not you."

The Royals, on pace to set a club record with 109 losses this season, didn't get a hit until David DeJesus singled to center with one out in the fourth.

Kansas City got three hits in the sixth, with Mike Sweeney singling in DeJesus, who doubled.

One of Kansas City's bright spots during its dreary day came in the fourth when Camp picked off Ichiro Suzuki at first base.

Carrasco dropped to 0-3 in four starts during the streak, lasting only three-plus innings. He gave up seven runs and eight hits.

"It's kind of hard to put your team in a hole like that," he said. "It puts a damper on things. It's a big letdown when you give up four runs in the first inning. I take it personally."

Moyer improved to 7-0 at Safeco Field this season, allowing one run and six hits and struck out a season-high seven.

"It makes you focus harder," Moyer said when asked about Kansas City's losing streak. "I was aware of it."

The Royals, losers of 104 games last year, started this season with a nearly $37 million payroll -- second-lowest among baseball's 30 teams.

Notes

  • Beltre's grand slam was the sixth of his career, first in Seattle, and the Mariners' fourth of the season. His other slams came with the Dodgers.
  • The Mariners swept their fourth series of the season and second from the Royals.
  • Suzuki tied his season-high 11-game hitting streak.
 
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Players of the Game
Seattle

A. Beltre
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
Seattle

J. Moyer
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 0
K 7
 

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Kansas City Royals
Emil Brown, RF4000000 .277
David DeJesus, CF4120010 .290
Mike Sweeney, DH3111111 .297
Matt Stairs, 1B3010020 .271
    Joe McEwing, 1B0000100 .258
Chip Ambres, LF4010023 .316
Mark Teahen, 3B3100101 .238
Angel Berroa, SS3010010 .265
    Denny Hocking, SS0100100 .143
Paul Phillips, C4114002 .188
Donnie Murphy, 2B4000010 .179
Totals32575487 
Batting
2B - David DeJesus (30, Moyer)
HR - Paul Phillips (1, Thornton)
RBI - Mike Sweeney (63), Paul Phillips 4 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Sweeney (25), Paul Phillips 4 (4)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Hocking-Murphy-McEwing, Murphy-Hocking-McEwing
PB - Paul Phillips (1)
E - Mike MacDougal (1, Wild throw)
Kansas City Royals
D.J. Carrasco (L,5-7) 3877211 4.89
Shawn Camp 2333111 7.25
Ambiorix Burgos 1100020 3.95
Jimmy Gobble 1100000 8.63
Mike MacDougal 1110200 4.05
HBP - Sexson (by Ambiorix Burgos)
WP - D.J. Carrasco (6), Ambiorix Burgos (6)
Pitches-Strikes - D.J. Carrasco 62-37, Shawn Camp 29-17, Ambiorix Burgos 24-16, Jimmy Gobble 8-6, Mike MacDougal 23-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D.J. Carrasco 3-4, Shawn Camp 3-1, Jimmy Gobble 2-0, Mike MacDougal 3-0
Batters Faced - D.J. Carrasco 18, Shawn Camp 9, Ambiorix Burgos 5, Jimmy Gobble 3, Mike MacDougal 6
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4013001 .308
    Jamal Strong, RF1100001 .000
Willie Bloomquist, 2B3111111 .265
Raul Ibanez, LF4110112 .295
Richie Sexson, 1B2211100 .260
    Dave Hansen, 1B1000000 .174
Adrian Beltre, 3B4114002 .260
    Scott Spiezio, 3B1000001 .043
Jeremy Reed, CF3020100 .259
Mike Morse, DH-LF4110023 .300
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4330001 .254
Yorvit Torrealba, C3131100 .239
Totals341114105412 
Batting
2B - Ichiro Suzuki (14, Burgos), Jeremy Reed (23, Carrasco)
HR - Richie Sexson (30, Camp), Adrian Beltre (16, Carrasco)
SF - Willie Bloomquist (2)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki 3 (50), Willie Bloomquist (16), Richie Sexson (89), Adrian Beltre 4 (71), Yorvit Torrealba (10)
CS - Jeremy Reed (9, 3rd base by Carrasco/Phillips)
PK - Ichiro Suzuki (1, Camp)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Betancourt-Bloomquist-Sexson, Spiezio-Bloomquist-Hansen
Seattle Mariners
Jamie Moyer (W,10-4) 7611070 4.20
Shigetoshi Hasegawa 1000000 4.63
Matt Thornton 1144411 5.72
Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 104-68, Shigetoshi Hasegawa 13-8, Matt Thornton 39-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 5-8, Shigetoshi Hasegawa 2-1, Matt Thornton 1-0
Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 26, Shigetoshi Hasegawa 3, Matt Thornton 7
Game Information
Attendance - 35224
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Bill Welke, Third Base - Brian O'Nora