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Seattle at Kansas City

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Royals 10, Mariners 8

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Buddy Bell's 100th victory as Kansas City's manager kept the Royals from getting closer to another triple-digit milestone -- one they don't want to reach.

By beating the Seattle Mariners 10-8 on Thursday night, the Royals guaranteed themselves a a better finish than their 56-106 record in 2005. If they win six of their remaining 15 games, they will avoid becoming the first non-expansion team to lose 100 games in three straight years since the 1952-54 Pittsburgh Pirates.

"It was a good night, especially the way it started," said Bell, whose team trailed 3-0 after two innings. "It could have gotten out of control early, but it didn't."

The last franchise with triple-digit losses for three straight years was Toronto in 1977-79.

Ryan Shealy homered twice and drove in a career-high five runs and Esteban German went 3-for-5 with three RBI for the Royals.

Shealy hit a two-run homer in the third inning off starter Jarrod Washburn (8-14). Then, after Emiliano Fruto replaced Washburn with two on and one out in the fifth, Shealy drove the first pitch over the left field fence to cap a four-run inning and put the Royals up 7-5. It was the first multihomer game of his career.

"I'm working hard every day," said Shealy, who had been stuck behind Colorado first baseman Todd Helton before the Royals acquired him in a July 31 trade. "It's not easy to come to the big leagues right away and immediately show power. I've been battling hard since I got here, and hopefully we'll see more games like tonight."

Ichiro Suzuki went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI for the Mariners, but also hurt them with some overzealous baserunning. Adrian Beltre also had a homer and three RBI.

Royals starter Odalis Perez (2-3) came out after giving up Kenji Johjima's single to lead off the sixth inning. Two walks by Scott Dohmann, including an intentional pass to Suzuki, loaded the bases with one out.

Beltre's single scored Johjima, but Suzuki overran second and Jose Lopez was thrown out at the plate trying to convert the ensuing rundown into a run. Dohmann then struck out Yuniesky Betancourt to end the inning.

"Those are basic mistakes that, no, we don't accept that," manager Mike Hargrove said. "We'll talk to him and you know, he knows he made a mistake."

Third base coach Carlos Garcia said he put up the stop sign. Suzuki said he thought he and Lopez were being waved on.

"Initially, I wasn't planning to go to third," he said through a translator. "But I saw it, and I turned on the switch to go to third."

The Royals added three insurance runs in the eighth for a 10-6 lead on Angel Berroa's successful squeeze bunt and German's two-run triple. Beltre homered off Joe Nelson to lead off the ninth and Ben Broussard added an RBI single to make it 10-8.

Perez gave up six runs and 10 hits -- eight of those in the first two innings. But after yielding Suzuki's two-run homer that put the Mariners up 5-3, he retired the next five batters before Johjima's hit.

"He threw well, except for a couple of crucial pitches to some big hitters," catcher John Buck said. "For him to keep us in the ball game and to have the offense pick him up for once -- we owed him one, because he's been carrying us quite a bit in close games."

Washburn had a 1.49 ERA, best in the majors among active pitchers with at least six starts, and a 4-0 record in six previous career starts in Kauffman Stadium. It went up to 2.66 after Thursday night's outing, in which he gave up six runs and 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Seattle went up 1-0 in the first on Richie Sexson's RBI single, then added two more runs in the second on Suzuki's RBI infield single and Beltre's sacrifice fly.

Kansas City tied it with a three-run third, capped by Shealy's two-run homer to center.

The Royals could have had one more run in the third, but German was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second on Mark Grudzielanek's one-out double. Emil Brown followed with a single, scoring Grudzielanek.

In the Royals' fifth, Shealy's second homer followed an RBI double by German.

Notes

  • Seattle first base coach Michael Goff filled in at bench coach Thursday night for Ron Hassey, who stepped down Wednesday after being told that his contract would not be renewed. Goff has not been designated the interim bench coach, manager Mike Hargrove said. Double-A manager Daren Brown coached at first for the Mariners.
  • The Royals' attendance of 8,839 was their lowest this season.
 
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Players of the Game
Kansas City

R. Shealy
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 5
Seattle

I. Suzuki
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF4133100 .314
Adrian Beltre, 3B4133000 .259
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4210113 .294
Raul Ibanez, LF5020013 .278
Richie Sexson, 1B5011012 .251
Eduardo Perez, DH4010012 .256
   a- Ben Broussard, PH-DH1011000 .296
Kenji Johjima, C5120012 .299
Jose Lopez, 2B3110100 .284
Willie Bloomquist, RF2200001 .244
   b- Chris Snelling, PH-RF1000010 .297
Totals3881583613 
a-singled for Perez in the 9th
b-struck out for Bloomquist in the 8th
Batting
2B - Yuniesky Betancourt (23, O. Perez)
HR - Ichiro Suzuki (8, O. Perez), Adrian Beltre (18, Nelson)
SF - Adrian Beltre (1)
SH - Willie Bloomquist (2)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki 3 (41), Adrian Beltre 3 (68), Richie Sexson (95), Ben Broussard (61)
2-OUT RBI - Richie Sexson (37), Ben Broussard (22)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Raul Ibanez 1
DP - Beltre-J. Lopez-Sexson
Seattle Mariners
Jarrod Washburn (L,8-14) 4.11066111 4.58
Emiliano Fruto 2.2211031 4.67
Eric O'Flaherty 0.1122100 4.70
Jon Huber 0.2111000 3.38
IBB - Keppinger by Eric O'Flaherty
WP - Eric O'Flaherty (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Washburn 79-47, Emiliano Fruto 38-23, Eric O'Flaherty 11-5, Jon Huber 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Washburn 6-4, Emiliano Fruto 2-3, Eric O'Flaherty 1-0, Jon Huber 3-0
Batters Faced - Jarrod Washburn 22, Emiliano Fruto 10, Eric O'Flaherty 3, Jon Huber 4
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, CF-LF5120010 .295
Esteban German, DH5133001 .336
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B5130002 .296
Emil Brown, LF3211113 .294
    Joey Gathright, CF0000000 .231
Ryan Shealy, 1B4225003 .306
John Buck, C4010000 .238
    Paul Phillips, PR-C0100000 .240
Shane Costa, RF3020010 .276
Jeff Keppinger, 3B3100102 .111
Angel Berroa, SS3101012 .228
Totals351014102413 
Batting
2B - David DeJesus (30, Washburn), Esteban German (14, Washburn), Mark Grudzielanek (32, Washburn), Shane Costa (16, Washburn)
3B - Esteban German (4, Huber)
HR - Ryan Shealy 2 (6, Washburn, Fruto)
SH - Shane Costa (2), Angel Berroa (8)
RBI - Esteban German 3 (26), Emil Brown (76), Ryan Shealy 5 (30), Angel Berroa (50)
2-OUT RBI - Esteban German 2 (11), Emil Brown (27), Ryan Shealy 2 (17)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Emil Brown 1
DP - Keppinger-Grudzielanek, Keppinger-Grudzielanek-Shealy
E - Odalis Perez (1, )
Kansas City Royals
Odalis Perez (W,6-7) 51065031 6.36
Scott Dohmann (H,7) 1100210 6.49
Jimmy Gobble (H,11) 0.1200000 4.92
Joel Peralta (H,16) 1.2000010 4.50
Joe Nelson 1222111 4.03
IBB - Suzuki by Scott Dohmann
Pitches-Strikes - Odalis Perez 92-59, Scott Dohmann 21-12, Jimmy Gobble 8-6, Joel Peralta 15-9, Joe Nelson 33-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Odalis Perez 4-8, Scott Dohmann 1-0, Joel Peralta 2-1
Batters Faced - Odalis Perez 25, Scott Dohmann 5, Jimmy Gobble 3, Joel Peralta 4, Joe Nelson 6
Game Information
Attendance - 8839
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Travis Reininger, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez