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Guillen bounces back with tie-breaking hit, Royals rally past Mariners

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jose Guillen wasn't sure if he would be able to play after being sick the night before, and still didn't feel well before the Mariners-Royals game Wednesday night.

He ended up feeling well enough to play and was good enough to give the Kansas City Royals the big hit they needed.

Guillen hit a key two-run single after the one-day illness, helping the Royals win their sixth straight with a 5-2 victory against the Seattle Mariners.

"I was in the lineup, I just played; it's as simple as that," Guillen said. "I felt good, decided to go in and just went."

Guillen didn't play Tuesday night against the Mariners, a late scratch that drew some suspicion after manager Trey Hillman said it was a managerial decision.

The mercurial outfielder said he couldn't play because he was sick, an account Hillman finally backed up on Wednesday, and he was back in the lineup hitting third and playing right field.

The Royals struggled through the early innings against Seattle starter Ryan Rowland-Smith, staying close in a tight game on Ryan Shealy's fourth home run in five games. Guillen then provided the big hit in the seventh inning, lining a two-out, two-run single off Miguel Batista just past shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt.

"He's had some big at-bats and that was a huge at-bat just out of the reach of Yuniesky," Hillman said. "Obviously, he had enough on it and he squared up on it and stayed inside a tough pitch."

Rowland-Smith pitched six solid innings and Ichiro Suzuki was 3-for-3, reaching 200 hits for the eighth consecutive season to match Willie Keeler's major league record.

The Mariners (57-94) still lost their seventh straight, moving a step closer to their first 100-loss season since 1983.

"The losses have mounted up. They are tough losses," Mariners manager Jim Riggleman said. "We had that game in hand in the seventh inning and it got away from us. It's too bad. We had some great performances."

Starter Gil Meche (12-11) kept the Royals close.

The right-hander was knocked around his last outing, giving up six hits and 10 hits in five innings to Cleveland on Friday. Meche appeared to be in for another long night after walking Suzuki to start the game, then giving up Jose Lopez's two-run single.

Meche settled down after that despite working deep into most counts, benefiting from double plays in the fourth and fifth innings. He allowed six hits and two runs in seven innings, striking out seven and walking three on a night when he didn't have his best stuff.

Joakim Soria pitched the ninth for his 40th save in 43 chances.

"Coming out of the pen I felt great, and get out there on that mound I just couldn't quite get it," said Meche, who has 74 strikeouts in his past 10 starts. "First pitch of the game runs a foot-and-a-half to the right and I couldn't get on top on balls, but we got some good double plays and I got some good strikeouts when I needed to."

Rowland-Smith was sharp after getting two tough-luck no-decisions his previous two outings.

The left-hander had the Royals out on their front feet with off-speed pitches most of the night, allowing a leadoff double to David DeJesus in the first and nothing else until Shealy hit a solo home run to left in the fourth.

Rowland-Smith got in a bit of trouble in the sixth, putting two on with two outs after two walks. Betancourt helped him get out of it, making a diving stop up the middle, then throwing to beat Mark Teahen by a step for the final out.

Rowland-Smith didn't come out for the seventh, working around four walks to put the Mariners in position for a rare victory.

But just like the previous two starts, when he allowed three runs each, Rowland-Smith left with a lead and ended up with a no-decision.

Kansas City loaded the bases against Roy Corcoran (5-2), helped by Betancourt's fielding error on a potential double-play ball. The Royals tied it at 2 on Mike Aviles' chopper, then Guillen lined a two-run single to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games.

Alberto Callaspo added a run-scoring single in the eighth off Batista to extend his hitting streak to 11 games and put the Royals up 5-2.

"It seems like that has kind of been the trend -- the no-decisions," Rowland-Smith said. "I'm just trying to consistently get deep in the game without any runs."

Notes

  • Seattle LHP Erik Bedard will have exploratory arthroscopic shoulder surgery on Sept. 26. He has been on the DL since July 5 with shoulder tightness.
  • Suzuki is 10-for-15 in his career against Meche.
  • Seattle has lost nine consecutive road games.
 
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Ichiro Suzuki beats out the throw in the eighth inning to notch his eighth 200-hit season in a row.  (AP)
Ichiro Suzuki beats out the throw in the eighth inning to notch his eighth 200-hit season in a row. (AP)

Players of the Game
Seattle

I. Suzuki
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Kansas City

J. Buck
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, RF3130100 .313
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS3110003 .272
Raul Ibanez, DH4010023 .307
Jose Lopez, 1B4022002 .300
Jeremy Reed, CF4010021 .270
Wladimir Balentien, LF3000012 .196
   a- Miguel Cairo, PH1000000 .250
Matt Tuiasosopo, 3B3000010 .125
   b- Tug Hulett, PH1000000 .216
Kenji Johjima, C1000200 .211
Luis Valbuena, 2B3000012 .091
Totals3028237  
a-popped out for Balentien in the 9th
b-grounded out for Tuiasosopo in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ichiro Suzuki (17, Meche)
SH - Yuniesky Betancourt (6)
RBI - Jose Lopez 2 (84)
SB - Ichiro Suzuki (43, 3rd base off Meche/Buck), Yuniesky Betancourt (3, 2nd base off Meche/Buck)
CS - Jose Lopez (2, 2nd base by Meche/Buck)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Valbuena-Betancourt-J. Lopez
E - Yuniesky Betancourt (19, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
Ryan Rowland-Smith 6311411 3.53
Roy Corcoran (L,5-2) 0.2130100 3.29
Miguel Batista 1311010 6.21
Justin Thomas 0.1000100 7.71
IBB - DeJesus by Roy Corcoran
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Rowland-Smith 96-57, Roy Corcoran 21-10, Miguel Batista 20-11, Justin Thomas 10-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Rowland-Smith 9-7, Roy Corcoran 3-0, Miguel Batista 2-0
Batters Faced - Ryan Rowland-Smith 24, Roy Corcoran 5, Miguel Batista 6, Justin Thomas 2
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, CF-RF4110105 .300
Mike Aviles, SS4001001 .320
Jose Guillen, RF3012111 .265
    Mitch Maier, CF0000000 .294
Ryan Shealy, 1B4111002 .359
Billy Butler, DH3000100 .268
Mark Teahen, 3B4000012 .252
John Buck, C3220100 .225
Alberto Callaspo, 2B4111001 .307
Esteban German, LF1010100 .256
   a- Joey Gathright, PH-LF0000100 .248
Totals3057562  
a-walked for German in the 8th
Batting
2B - David DeJesus (24, Rowland-Smith), John Buck (22, Batista)
HR - Ryan Shealy (6, Rowland-Smith)
SH - Esteban German (4)
RBI - Mike Aviles (42), Jose Guillen 2 (95), Ryan Shealy (12), Alberto Callaspo (16)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Guillen 2 (42), Ryan Shealy (3), Alberto Callaspo (5)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Aviles-Callaspo-Shealy, Teahen-Callaspo, Aviles-Callaspo-Shealy
Kansas City Royals
Gil Meche (W,12-11) 7622370 4.08
Ron Mahay (H,21) 0.1200000 2.84
Ramon Ramirez (H,19) 0.2000000 2.75
Joakim Soria (S,40) 1000000 1.65
WP - Gil Meche (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Gil Meche 103-59, Ron Mahay 7-4, Joakim Soria 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gil Meche 2-9, Ramon Ramirez 1-0, Joakim Soria 2-1
Batters Faced - Gil Meche 27, Ron Mahay 3, Ramon Ramirez 1, Joakim Soria 3
Game Information
Attendance - 13382
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Jim Wolf