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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Felix Hernandez waited almost two weeks to get in a game for the Seattle Mariners. The Kansas City Royals went just as long without a loss.

Hernandez pitched two innings in his Cactus League debut and Stefen Romero had seven RBIs to help a Mariners split squad beat Kansas City 12-2 on Thursday, handing the Royals their first defeat this spring after 11 straight wins.

"Finally, I'm part of the Seattle Mariners," Hernandez said. "I'm just kidding. I think it (went) better than my debut last year. I feel pretty good."

The 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner allowed one run and two hits. He struck out two and walked none in his first start since signing a $175 million, seven-year contract last month, the richest ever for a pitcher.

With spring training elongated because of the World Baseball Classic, the Mariners held Hernandez out of their first 12 games, knowing he still has ample time to get ready for the April 1 opener at Oakland.

The right-hander, who turns 27 next month, threw 14 pitches in the first inning and 19 in the second. He struck out Alcides Escobar and Mike Moustakas to end the first.

"I look strong from the windup," Hernandez said. "From the stretch, I was too quick, opening too much. I've got to work on that in my bullpen. I was trying to get my work in."

Romero homered twice and finished 4 for 5. He hit a grand slam in the fourth inning and a three-run shot in the ninth.

Casper Wells had a three-run drive in the eighth for the Mariners, who have 10 consecutive multihomer games and top the majors with 29 home runs this spring. Wells also doubled home a run in the third.

Hisashi Iwakuma allowed one hit in three scoreless innings for the victory.

Royals starter Ervin Santana struck out four and walked none in three innings. He allowed a run and three hits, throwing 30 of 42 pitches for strikes.

Hernandez had Lorenzo Cain down 0-2 in the count before he singled to center leading off the second. Kansas City rookie David Lough doubled to right to score Cain with one out.

"The double was a fastball in the middle," Hernandez said.

Royals utility man Elliot Johnson has seen Hernandez at his best, last Aug. 15 against Tampa Bay.

"I was part of his perfect game last year, so he's been sharper," Johnson said. "His (velocity) wasn't where he normally is and probably not as much bite on the breaking ball he threw me. He was not throwing his changeup with quite as much, intensity would probably be a good word to use. It was pretty noticeable the difference today and that day in August.

"Overall he's still awesome. He was probably holding back a little bit. They gave him $175 million for a reason."

Moustakas, who struck out in his only at-bat against Hernandez, was impressed.

"He was moving the ball in and out," Moustakas said. "For his first time out in the spring, he looked really good."

NOTES: Royals RF Jeff Francoeur (sore hip) was the DH and went 1 for 4. ... Mariners closer Tom Wilhelmsen allowed a double to Brandon Wood in a scoreless sixth inning, striking out two. ... Royals rookie LHP Donnie Joseph continued to impress with two more strikeouts. In four outings, he has allowed only a bunt single while striking out nine and walking none over four innings.

 
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Players of the Game
Kansas City

E. Santana
IP 3.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 0
K 4
Seattle

S. Romero
AB 5
R 4
H 4
HR 2
RBI 7
 

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Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kyle Seager, 3B4200200 .222
Casper Wells, LF5124131 .259
Justin Smoak, 1B5011012 .429
Michael Morse, DH5010033 .300
Carlos Peguero, RF4000122 .375
Kelly Shoppach, C3120000 .467
    Jesus Sucre, C2000000 .167
Julio Morban, CF4210123 .278
Carlos Triunfel, SS4210003 .273
Stefen Romero, 2B5447002 .500
Totals41121212511  
Batting
2B - Casper Wells (3, Santana), Justin Smoak (3, Moscoso), Kelly Shoppach (2, Moscoso), Stefen Romero (1, Mariot)
HR - Casper Wells (2, Mariot), Stefen Romero 2 (2, Moscoso, Ortega)
RBI - Casper Wells 4 (12), Justin Smoak (6), Stefen Romero 7 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Smoak (6)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Casper Wells (1, Dropped fly)
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Felix Hernandez 2211020 4.50
Hisashi Iwakuma (W,1-0) 3100010 1.50
Tom Wilhelmsen (H,4) 1100020 0.00
Lucas Luetge (H,4) 1100010 2.25
Carter Capps (H,4) 1110020 0.00
Stephen Pryor 1100000 4.50
Pitches-Strikes - Felix Hernandez 33-19, Hisashi Iwakuma 40-27, Tom Wilhelmsen 20-11, Lucas Luetge 13-8, Carter Capps 16-12, Stephen Pryor 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Hernandez 1-3, Hisashi Iwakuma 5-3, Lucas Luetge 1-1, Carter Capps 1-1, Stephen Pryor 2-1
Batters Faced - Felix Hernandez 8, Hisashi Iwakuma 10, Tom Wilhelmsen 4, Lucas Luetge 4, Carter Capps 5, Stephen Pryor 4
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alex Gordon, LF2010000 .522
    Luis Durango, LF2000021 .154
Alcides Escobar, SS2000011 .259
    Christian Colon, SS2000011 .231
Mike Moustakas, 3B2000011 .481
    Brandon Wood, 3B2010000 .294
Lorenzo Cain, CF2110000 .429
    Jarrod Dyson, CF2000012 .318
Jeff Francoeur, DH4010001 .259
David Lough, RF2011000 .526
    Endy Chavez, RF2010000 .375
Elliot Johnson, 1B2000001 .231
    Xavier Nady, 1B2000002 .300
Johnny Giavotella, 2B2000001 .222
    Chris Getz, 2B2000012 .238
Brett Hayes, C2000010 .286
    Adam Moore, C1110000 .286
Totals3527108  
Batting
2B - Alex Gordon (2, Iwakuma), Brandon Wood (2, Wilhelmsen), David Lough (2, Hernandez)
3B - Adam Moore (1, Capps)
RBI - David Lough (2)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Ervin Santana (1, Missed catch of throw), Brandon Wood (2, Misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ervin Santana 3311040 1.80
Guillermo Moscoso (L,0-1) 1455211 9.00
Francisley Bueno 1100110 3.38
Louis Coleman 1000110 3.60
Donnie Joseph 1000020 0.00
Michael Mariot 1233111 5.40
Anthony Ortega 1233011 27.00
HBP - Triunfel (by Anthony Ortega)
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 42-30, Guillermo Moscoso 36-16, Francisley Bueno 20-11, Louis Coleman 18-7, Donnie Joseph 14-10, Michael Mariot 23-12, Anthony Ortega 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 4-2, Guillermo Moscoso 1-1, Francisley Bueno 1-1, Louis Coleman 1-1, Donnie Joseph 1-1, Michael Mariot 1-1, Anthony Ortega 1-1
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 13, Guillermo Moscoso 9, Francisley Bueno 5, Louis Coleman 4, Donnie Joseph 4, Michael Mariot 6, Anthony Ortega 6
Game Information
Attendance - 4026
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Al Porter, First Base - Stuart Scheurwater, Second Base - Brad Myers, Third Base - Kellen Levy