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Butler's six RBI help Royals win, tie season-high 17 runs

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Though Billy Butler and Ryan Feierabend are new to the major leagues, they are familiar with each other.

So with an inkling of what to expect, Butler had one of the best games of any rookie hitter so far this year, driving in six runs with a home run and a double Tuesday night in Kansas City's 17-3 romp over Seattle.

"I faced him coming up through the system, so I was comfortable at the plate because I knew what he had," said Butler. "I knew how he pitches. So that helped."

Butler, who will probably return to the minor leagues when regular DH Mike Sweeney comes off the disabled list, had a three-run home run in the six-run first inning and a bases-loaded double in the four-run second.

At 21 years and 76 days old, Butler became the youngest player with six RBI in a game since Alex Rodriguez drove in six for Seattle on May 17, 1996, when he was 20 years, 295 days. Butler also had a single and was 3-for-5 with three runs scored while becoming the first rookie with a six-RBI game this season.

The three-run homer followed three singles and Alex Gordon's sacrifice fly in the first inning. The bases-loaded double came on a pitch down and away.

"It was a two-seam fastball away. It was an 88 mph fastball, pretty much what that guy throws," Butler said.

Feierabend (1-3) allowed 10 runs in just 1 1/3 innings in his seventh major league start. His ERA jumped from 6.46 to 9.72 after allowing eight hits, including two home runs. He also had two walks and hit a batter. In his fifth start on June 22, he allowed nine runs in 2 2/3 innings of a 16-1 loss to Cincinnati.

"He's a young guy. He's got great stuff," Butler said. "I think he'll make the adjustment and be good up here."

The 17 runs and 16 hits tied the Royals' season highs. It was the most runs the Mariners have allowed all year.

Feierabend also remembered Butler from their minor league days.

"He likes to get his arms extended," he said. "Both balls he hit were out over the plate. The home run was waist-high in the middle of the plate. The double was a fastball down and away. Two pitches. One was decent, one was horrible.

"I rely on my control. I didn't have it tonight."

Jason Davis relieved Feierabend with one out in the second inning and gave up six runs -- four earned -- and six hits, two walks, a wild pitch, a hit batter and two balks in 4 1/3 innings. It was the second straight loss for the Mariners since Mike Hargrove's unexpected resignation on Sunday was accompanied by their eighth straight win.

"We ran into a hot Kansas City baseball team," said John McLaren, 0-2 as the Seattle manager. "They're playing well. They feel good about themselves."

Jason LaRue followed Butler's home run with one of his own and wound up with a single, double and homer along with two RBI.

In the second inning, Feierabend loaded the bases with a single, walk and a hit batter and Butler finally chased the young left-hander with a three-run double.

"I didn't see the confidence that he had shown us before," McLaren said. "His velocity wasn't that off."

The Mariners also had their second unusual injury in two days when catcher Kenji Johjima left the game after being hit in the right wrist area by a pitch that glanced off Mark Teahen. The ball caused a contusion of Johjima's right metacarpal.

"He has a plate with four screws in his hand and it hit the plate," McLaren said. "It shot a bolt right up his shoulder. It shocked him. There's nothing broken. X-rays are negative. He won't play tomorrow. Hopefully, he'll be back for the first game at Oakland (on Thursday)."

Jorge De La Rosa (6-9) won his second straight start, going seven innings and allowing three runs and eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

Every Royals starter scored at least one run. Butler reached on shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt's error in the fourth and scored his third run on Ross Gload's two-run single. David DeJesus also had two RBI.

Ichiro Suzuki was 2-for-3 and has hit in 51 of his past 54 games. Jose Vidro, Adrian Beltre and Jose Lopez had RBI for the Mariners.

Notes

  • 1B Richie Sexson, who left the game in the bottom of the ninth with a contusion of the left thumb, will be out several days. The Mariners are not planning to put him on the DL.
  • Gary Thurman, a longtime organization man for Seattle, was named first-base coach by the Mariners' new manager.
  • Three Royals were hit by pitches, raising their major league-leading total to 54.
 
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Billy Butler becomes the youngest player to drive in six RBI in a game since A-Rod achieved it in 1996.  (AP)
Billy Butler becomes the youngest player to drive in six RBI in a game since A-Rod achieved it in 1996. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

B. Butler
AB 5
R 4
H 3
HR 1
RBI 6
Kansas City

J. De La Rosa
IP 7.0
H 8
ER 3
BB 2
K 2
 

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Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF3120000 .369
    Jason Ellison, CF2000003 .152
Jose Vidro, 1B4021001 .295
Raul Ibanez, DH4000002 .273
Jose Guillen, RF3220100 .267
Kenji Johjima, C1010000 .300
    Jamie Burke, C3010001 .385
Adrian Beltre, 3B1001100 .253
    Ben Broussard, LF1010000 .320
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4000015 .275
Jose Lopez, 2B3011002 .276
Willie Bloomquist, LF-3B3000113 .284
Totals32310332  
Batting
2B - Ichiro Suzuki (13, De La Rosa), Kenji Johjima (17, De La Rosa)
SF - Adrian Beltre (2), Jose Lopez (2)
RBI - Jose Vidro (24), Adrian Beltre (33), Jose Lopez (45)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Yuniesky Betancourt (19, Misplayed grounder), Jose Lopez (4, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
Ryan Feierabend (L,1-3) 1.181010202 9.72
Jason Davis 4.1664220 5.84
Ryan Rowland-Smith 2.1210020 3.86
HBP - Teahen (by Ryan Feierabend), Gordon (by Jason Davis), LaRue (by Ryan Rowland-Smith)
WP - Jason Davis (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Feierabend 61-35, Jason Davis 72-41, Ryan Rowland-Smith 41-27
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Feierabend 1-3, Jason Davis 7-5, Ryan Rowland-Smith 2-4
Batters Faced - Ryan Feierabend 15, Jason Davis 23, Ryan Rowland-Smith 11
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, CF3122001 .289
    Joey Gathright, CF1000003 .317
Esteban German, 2B-SS6231011 .271
Mark Teahen, RF4210012 .290
   a- Shane Costa, PH-RF1000000 .188
Emil Brown, LF4201201 .225
Alex Gordon, 3B3101013 .231
Billy Butler, DH-1B5436000 .286
Jason LaRue, C3332100 .194
Ross Gload, 1B4112111 .259
Tony Pena, SS4120003 .275
    Fernando Cortez, 2B1011000 .286
Totals3917161644  
a-flied out for Teahen in the 8th
Batting
2B - Billy Butler (5, Feierabend), Jason LaRue (7, Davis)
HR - Billy Butler (2, Feierabend), Jason LaRue (3, Feierabend)
SF - David DeJesus 2 (3), Alex Gordon (1)
RBI - David DeJesus 2 (31), Esteban German (27), Emil Brown (32), Alex Gordon (24), Billy Butler 6 (12), Jason LaRue 2 (10), Ross Gload 2 (19), Fernando Cortez (1)
2-OUT RBI - Esteban German (8), Fernando Cortez (1)
SB - David DeJesus (4, 2nd base off Davis/Burke)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Gload-Pena, German-Pena-Gload, Gordon-German-Gload
Kansas City Royals
Jorge De La Rosa (W,6-9) 7833220 5.27
Neal Musser 2200100 5.71
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 95-61, Neal Musser 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 5-11, Neal Musser 1-5
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 28, Neal Musser 9
Game Information
Attendance - 28140
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Chuck Meriwether, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez