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Seattle at Kansas City

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Seattle «00202131211140
Kansas City5100010018111

Mariners 11, Royals 8

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Adrian Beltre is finding success by being selective.

Beltre had three hits and five RBI as the Seattle Mariners rallied from a six-run deficit and beat the Kansas City Royals 11-8 Friday night.

"The last two or three days I've been swinging a lot better," Beltre said. "It's more or less swinging at strikes. Everybody knows that I can get a little wild at times. Swinging only at pitches over the plate can make anybody a better hitter."

Seattle starter Francisco Cruceta gave up Ryan Shealy's first career grand slam, and the Mariners trailed 6-0 after two innings.

But Beltre started the comeback with a two-run single in the third off Luke Hudson. Beltre hit an RBI double in the fifth and scored on Kenji Johjima's double, then tied the score 7-7 with a two-run homer in the seventh off Ryan Braun (0-1).

"Adrian swung the bat well today," Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said. "Really in the last couple of days he's swung the bat well. His stroke is shorter, and he's been more consistent. He hit the ball hard tonight."

One out after Beltre's homer, Raul Ibanez walked. Richie Sexson followed with a go-ahead double against Ambiorix Burgos.

"After a 6-0 lead," Kansas City manager Buddy Bell said, and then shook his head. "Their guy (Jake) Woods did a pretty good job of shutting everything down for a while."

Hargrove was pleased with the effort it took to come back.

"The only good thing about getting behind by six runs that early is that it's early," Hargrove said. "You've got a lot of at bats to try to make up ground. Every inning you try to score one run. That's our goal. AB (Beltre) got that big two-out soft liner that (Mark) Grudzielanek couldn't handle and broke the ice for us."

A run-scoring throwing error by shortstop Andres Blanco made it 9-7 in the eighth, and T.J. Bohn hit his first major league homer in a the ninth, a two-run drive off Scott Dohmann. Shane Costa had an RBI single in the bottom half off J.J. Putz.

Woods (5-3) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings for relief. Seattle topped last year's victory total and reached 70 wins for the first time since the Mariners won 93 in 2003.

"Jake was outstanding," Hargrove said. "Cruceta didn't have command of any of his pitches, and it didn't look like he was going to get any better."

Shealy's slam -- Kansas City's first since Mark Teahen's against Cleveland on Sept. 22 last year -- and Joey Gathright's sacrifice fly put the Royals ahead 5-0 in the first, and Esteban German hit an RBI double in the second off Woods.

Notes

  • German had three hits for the second straight night. He has 11 hits in his last 18 at bats.
  • Suzuki had his 62nd multihit game of the season.
  • After doubling in the fifth, Kansas City C John Buck left the game with tightness in his left hamstring.
 
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Players of the Game
Seattle

A. Beltre
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 5
Kansas City

E. German
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF4220100 .315
Adrian Beltre, 3B4235100 .262
Kenji Johjima, C5011011 .298
Raul Ibanez, LF4110124 .278
Richie Sexson, 1B4231111 .255
Ben Broussard, DH4010013 .296
   a- Eduardo Perez, PH-DH1000011 .254
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS5000002 .292
Chris Snelling, RF2100210 .288
    T.J. Bohn, RF1112000 .200
Jose Lopez, 2B4220101 .285
Totals38111497713 
a-struck out for Broussard in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ichiro Suzuki (18, Braun), Adrian Beltre (37, Hudson), Kenji Johjima (23, Hudson), Richie Sexson (34, Burgos), Jose Lopez (26, Burgos)
HR - Adrian Beltre (19, Braun), T.J. Bohn (1, Dohmann)
RBI - Adrian Beltre 5 (73), Kenji Johjima (65), Richie Sexson (96), T.J. Bohn 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Beltre 3 (18), Kenji Johjima (25), Richie Sexson (38), T.J. Bohn 2 (2)
Team LOB - 7
Seattle Mariners
Francisco Cruceta 1455201 23.14
Jake Woods (W,5-3) 6522310 4.19
Jon Huber (H,3) 1000000 2.84
J.J. Putz 1211000 2.30
IBB - Shealy by Jake Woods
WP - Francisco Cruceta (1), Jake Woods (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Francisco Cruceta 35-22, Jake Woods 90-50, Jon Huber 12-8, J.J. Putz 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Francisco Cruceta 1-2, Jake Woods 8-9, Jon Huber 1-2, J.J. Putz 1-2
Batters Faced - Francisco Cruceta 9, Jake Woods 26, Jon Huber 3, J.J. Putz 5
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, LF5210002 .294
Esteban German, 3B5132000 .342
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B5110002 .296
Emil Brown, DH3210201 .295
Ryan Shealy, 1B4114103 .305
Shane Costa, RF5121002 .279
John Buck, C1010200 .240
    Paul Bako, C2000001 .218
Joey Gathright, CF3001012 .229
Andres Blanco, SS4010002 .233
Totals3781185115 
Batting
2B - David DeJesus (31, Woods), Esteban German (15, Woods), Shane Costa (17, Cruceta), John Buck (20, Woods)
HR - Ryan Shealy (7, Cruceta)
SF - Joey Gathright (4)
RBI - Esteban German 2 (28), Ryan Shealy 4 (34), Shane Costa (20), Joey Gathright (34)
2-OUT RBI - Shane Costa (11)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Blanco-Grudzielanek-Shealy, Blanco-Grudzielanek-Shealy, Blanco-Grudzielanek-Shealy
E - Andres Blanco (5, )
Kansas City Royals
Luke Hudson 5655430 5.46
Andrew Sisco (H,5) 1100010 7.55
Ryan Braun (BS,2; L,0-1) 0.2333101 4.26
Ambiorix Burgos 1210210 5.77
Jimmy Gobble 0.1111010 5.01
Scott Dohmann 1111011 6.55
IBB - Suzuki by Ambiorix Burgos
WP - Andrew Sisco (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Luke Hudson 86-53, Andrew Sisco 11-6, Ryan Braun 25-13, Ambiorix Burgos 29-16, Jimmy Gobble 7-4, Scott Dohmann 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luke Hudson 7-3, Andrew Sisco 1-0, Ambiorix Burgos 3-0, Scott Dohmann 1-1
Batters Faced - Luke Hudson 23, Andrew Sisco 3, Ryan Braun 5, Ambiorix Burgos 8, Jimmy Gobble 2, Scott Dohmann 4
Game Information
Attendance - 16412
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Travis Reininger