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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Seattle Mariners' quick-strike offense has scored 13 runs in the first two innings in winning their first two games at Kansas City.
Every Mariners starter had at least one hit. Jesus Montero went 3 for 4 and drove in two runs.
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Smoak hit a home run with Montero aboard in the three-run first inning. It was the second successive game Smoak hit a home run in the first. Montero's double scored Casper Wells with the first run.
"Those guys are swinging the bats well, too, so we're going to have score some runs," Smoak said. "It was good to get on the board early."
The Mariners, who scored seven runs in the first two innings Monday, added three more runs in the second inning.
"It's good any time the offense goes out there and puts up early runs like that," winning pitcher Blake Beaven said. "It gives you more confidence to go out there and get them back in the dugout and let them keep swinging it."
Saunders hit a home run in the fifth inning off Vin Mazzaro after Miguel Olivo singled to give the Mariners a 9-3 cushion.
"When you set the tone early like that and give yourself some breathing room, it allows our young players to go out there and relax and play and work to their true abilities a little bit easier," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "We've had some guys that have been struggling and working to find it. It's been nice to see them put some consistent days together. It's nice to see us swing the bats like that."
The Mariners' three-run second chased left-hander Ryan Verdugo, who was making his big-league debut. Kyle Seager doubled home two runs, while Montero singled in the other run.
Beaven (4-6), who was just recalled from Triple-A Tacoma, worked six-plus innings, allowing five runs on seven hits. He logged his first victory since May 30 after going 0-2 with a 15.43 ERA in two June starts, which merited a demotion to the Pacific Coast League.
Verdugo (0-1) yielded six runs on eight hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings.
"I got those first two outs and I was trying to take a deep breath," Verdugo said. "The game is different up here. It's much quicker.
"I left the ball up a little. I might have been a little too amped up. I was nervous on the drive up here, but it didn't really affect me," Verdugo added. "I just really didn't execute pitches too well. I just left a few pitches up and they took advantage. I know I still have to go out and execute."
Tim Wilhelmsen worked a spotless ninth for his eighth save in 10 opportunities. Wilhelmsen has not allowed a run in 23 innings during his past 19 games.
Lorenzo Cain hit a two-run pinch-hit home run in the seventh off Mariners reliever Shawn Kelley to cut the lead to 9-6.
Jarrod Dyson and Alex Gordon hit back-to-back triples in Kansas City's three-run third.
The Royals have lost 12 of 15 to fall a season-low 13 games below .500. They are 15-27 at Kauffman Stadium, the worst home record in the majors.
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|Dustin Ackley, 2B||5||1||2||1||0||0||0||.236|
|Ichiro Suzuki, RF||5||1||1||0||0||1||1||.259|
|Casper Wells, LF||5||1||1||0||0||3||3||.267|
|Jesus Montero, DH||4||2||3||2||1||0||0||.253|
|Justin Smoak, 1B||3||1||1||2||1||1||2||.201|
|Kyle Seager, 3B||4||0||1||2||1||0||2||.241|
|Miguel Olivo, C||5||1||2||0||0||2||2||.200|
|Michael Saunders, CF||5||1||2||2||0||2||2||.257|
|Brendan Ryan, SS||4||1||1||0||1||2||1||.188|
|2B - Jesus Montero (14, Verdugo), Kyle Seager (22, Verdugo), Michael Saunders (22, Collins), Brendan Ryan (12, Mazzaro)|
|3B - Dustin Ackley (2, Collins)|
|HR - Justin Smoak (13, Verdugo), Michael Saunders (9, Mazzaro)|
|RBI - Dustin Ackley (27), Jesus Montero 2 (30), Justin Smoak 2 (38), Kyle Seager 2 (56), Michael Saunders 2 (30)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jesus Montero 2 (15), Justin Smoak 2 (18), Kyle Seager 2 (31)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Seager-Ackley-Smoak, Luetge-Ryan-Smoak|
|Blake Beavan (W,4-6)||6||7||5||5||0||3||0||6.06|
|Lucas Luetge (H,5)||1.2||1||0||0||0||2||0||1.46|
|Tom Wilhelmsen (S,8)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.33|
|HBP - Francoeur (by Blake Beavan)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Blake Beavan 94-58, Charlie Furbush 2-2, Shawn Kelley 6-3, Lucas Luetge 24-17, Tom Wilhelmsen 12-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Blake Beavan 6-8, Charlie Furbush 1-0, Lucas Luetge 2-0, Tom Wilhelmsen 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Blake Beavan 25, Charlie Furbush 1, Shawn Kelley 1, Lucas Luetge 5, Tom Wilhelmsen 3|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Alex Gordon, LF||4||1||2||1||0||1||0||.287|
|Alcides Escobar, SS||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.311|
|Eric Hosmer, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.225|
|Billy Butler, DH||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.294|
|Mike Moustakas, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.268|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||.253|
|Salvador Perez, C||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.364|
|Chris Getz, 2B||4||0||0||1||0||0||0||.288|
|Jarrod Dyson, CF||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.249|
|a- Lorenzo Cain, PH-CF||1||1||1||2||0||0||0||.300|
|a-homered for Dyson in the 7th|
|2B - Eric Hosmer (15, Beavan), Salvador Perez (5, Beavan)|
|3B - Alex Gordon (3, Beavan), Jarrod Dyson (4, Beavan)|
|HR - Lorenzo Cain (1, Kelley)|
|RBI - Alex Gordon (31), Alcides Escobar (28), Billy Butler (55), Chris Getz (10), Lorenzo Cain 2 (5)|
|2-OUT RBI - Billy Butler (17)|
|SB - Alcides Escobar (14, 2nd base off Beavan/Olivo)|
|Team LOB - 2|
|Outfield Assists - Alex Gordon 1|
|Kansas City Royals|
|Ryan Verdugo (L,0-1)||1.2||8||6||6||2||2||1||32.40|
|IBB - Montero by Tim Collins|
|HBP - Smoak (by Vin Mazzaro)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Verdugo 55-31, Vin Mazzaro 49-26, Tim Collins 34-16, Kelvin Herrera 16-11, Aaron Crow 10-7, Greg Holland 11-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Verdugo 1-2, Vin Mazzaro 2-2, Aaron Crow 1-1, Greg Holland 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Ryan Verdugo 15, Vin Mazzaro 12, Tim Collins 9, Kelvin Herrera 3, Aaron Crow 3, Greg Holland 3|
|Attendance - 15769|
|Game Time - 3:09|
|Temperature - 98|
|Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Jim Joyce, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Jim Reynolds|