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Royals stun Mariners with DeJesus' walk-off homer

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mark Grudzielanek's milestone hit was a faded memory by the time David DeJesus did what no Royals player had done in more than three years.

DeJesus hit a two-run homer with two out in the ninth and the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.

Mariners closer Brandon Morrow (1-2) retired the first two batters in the ninth before walking pinch-hitter Billy Butler on four pitches. DeJesus hit Morrow's next pitch, a fastball in, just over the right-field fence and into the Royals' bullpen.

"I kind of fist-pumped a little too early," DeJesus said. "I saw Ichiro (Suzuki) go back to the wall and I was like, 'oh geez, its not going to leave.' Then it went out and I was like, all right."

DeJesus' game-ending homer was the first by a Royal since Alberto Castillo on April 19, 2005, against Cleveland.

"That was my first ever walk-off hit of any kind at any level," DeJesus said. "Once I got in there the guys were punching and banging the heck out of me. It was fun seeing all those guys around home plate. It was pretty cool."

Six innings earlier, Grudzielanek had the second of his two hits to become the 18th active player with 2,000 hits. He was the 251st to reach the milestone in big league history.

"That's just icing on the cake with David's two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth," Grudzielanek said. "You dream about that as a kid, hitting a home run to win the game. Coming on a night that's very personal and very special to me."

Manager Trey Hillman said he predicted DeJesus' home run.

"That's one I actually called I said to Dave, 'We've got two outs. How about Billy drawing a walk and then you going boom?"' Hillman said. "Fortunately, it happened. That's good for us.

Morrow has blown saves in his past two opportunities, giving up four runs on three home runs.

"That was a fastball down the middle that I have gotten away with plenty of times before," Morrow said. "The walk really hurt."

Mariners manager Jim Riggleman agreed.

"The walk to Butler was crucial. He didn't bite on a couple of breaking balls that were very close. Once he gets to 2-0, he can now be very selective. He never got a strike and he took ball four. That was key because we were facing the bottom part of the lineup with a great arm. Now we're facing the top of the lineup. DeJesus got him. There's not much more you can say about it."

Left-hander Horacio Ramirez (1-0), who was with the Mariners last year, pitched 2 1/3 perfect innings of relief for the win.

Mariners starter Jarrod Washburn held the Royals to three runs -- one earned -- and seven singles over six innings. In his past seven starts, Washburn is 3-1 with a 2.58 ERA. He has allowed two earned runs or less in six of his past seven starts to lower his ERA from 6.56 to 4.83.

Royals starter Gil Meche was staked to a 3-0 lead and held his former team to four singles through five innings. But he ran into trouble in the sixth.

Ichiro led off with a single and with one out, Raul Ibanez crushed Meche's 2-0 pitch for his 11th home run. Ibanez had been 1-for-15 against the Royals this season before the home run.

After the home run, Jose Vidro and Adrian Beltre singled and Jeremy Reed drove them both in with a double to left to make it 4-3.

"I would have been really upset if we hadn't won this game after Grud's 2,000th hit," Meche said. "I'm just glad we won this game for him and the team. I made some mistakes and before I could blink four runs scored and they had the lead."

Meche gave up four runs and 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Notes

  • Tug Hulett, the son of former major leaguer Tim Hulett, made his big league debut as the Mariners designated hitter and singled in the fifth for his first hit.
  • Royals DH Jose Guillen returned to the Royals lineup and went 1-for-4 after missing the game Friday night due to a stiff neck.
 
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Jose Guillen mobs David DeJesus as K.C. celebrates a teammate's milestone with a memorable win.  (AP)
Jose Guillen mobs David DeJesus as K.C. celebrates a teammate's milestone with a memorable win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

D. DeJesus
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Seattle

R. Ibanez
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF3120100 .305
Jose Lopez, 2B4010002 .299
Raul Ibanez, LF4112003 .273
Jose Vidro, 1B4110001 .215
    Miguel Cairo, 1B0000000 .216
Adrian Beltre, 3B4110000 .259
Jeremy Reed, CF4022000 .268
Kenji Johjima, C4000001 .213
Tug Hulett, DH3010011 .333
   a- Willie Bloomquist, PH-DH1000000 .259
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4010001 .269
Totals35410411  
a-grounded out for Hulett in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jeremy Reed (5, Meche)
HR - Raul Ibanez (11, Meche)
RBI - Raul Ibanez 2 (55), Jeremy Reed 2 (11)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Beltre-J. Lopez-Vidro
E - Jose Vidro (1, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
Jarrod Washburn 6731110 4.83
Sean Green (H,13) 1.2100030 2.81
Arthur Rhodes (H,10) 0.1000010 3.12
Brandon Morrow (BS,2; L,1-2) 0.2122111 1.80
Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Washburn 111-70, Sean Green 24-16, Arthur Rhodes 5-4, Brandon Morrow 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Washburn 9-8, Sean Green 1-1, Brandon Morrow 1-0
Batters Faced - Jarrod Washburn 26, Sean Green 6, Arthur Rhodes 1, Brandon Morrow 4
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, CF5222010 .307
Mike Aviles, SS3010100 .297
Mark Teahen, RF4101001 .249
Jose Guillen, DH4010004 .273
Mark Grudzielanek, 2B4021011 .313
Alex Gordon, 3B4011022 .250
John Buck, C4010013 .251
Ross Gload, 1B4000001 .276
Esteban German, LF3110010 .217
   a- Billy Butler, PH0000100 .253
    Joey Gathright, PR0100000 .251
Totals3559526  
a-walked for German in the 9th
Batting
HR - David DeJesus (10, Morrow)
RBI - David DeJesus 2 (51), Mark Teahen (33), Mark Grudzielanek (20), Alex Gordon (45)
2-OUT RBI - David DeJesus 2 (19), Mark Grudzielanek (9), Alex Gordon (15)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Mark Teahen 1
DP - Teahen-Gload
Kansas City Royals
Gil Meche 6.21044111 4.71
Horacio Ramirez (W,1-0) 2.1000000 1.50
Pitches-Strikes - Gil Meche 98-66, Horacio Ramirez 21-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gil Meche 6-11, Horacio Ramirez 7-0
Batters Faced - Gil Meche 29, Horacio Ramirez 7
Game Information
Attendance - 23792
Game Time - 2:31
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Todd Tichenor, Third Base - Paul Emmel