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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) - Ervin Santana had his fastball of old.

The 30-year-old right-hander struck out seven in four innings, including six of eight in one stretch, helped the

Kansas City Royals beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 Wednesday to improve their spring training record to 14-2.

"You remember what happened in 2008?" Santana said, a reference to a season in which he fanned 214.

Santana allowed two hits and walked none, throwing 35 of 53 pitches for strikeouts. He allowed his only run on Carlos Truinfel's third-inning homer.

"The good thing I was keeping the ball down and working on my offspeed, which was pretty good today," Santana said. "I threw a lot of sliders. The strikeouts were mixed, a couple of sliders, a couple of changeups, a few fastballs."

After going 9-13 with a 5.16 ERA in 30 starts last year, Santana was acquired by the Royals from the Los Angeles Angels in October for left-hander Brandon Sisk.

"I'm very pleased with his outing, again on the attack, good fastball, got it up to 94, a really good slider, got a changeup to the second baseman and he ended up putting a nice swing on it," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "A nice job. It was encouraging."

Hisashi Iwakuma retired the first nine Royals, eight on groundouts, before allowing four singles in the fourth - including the run-scoring hits by Billy Butler and Salvador Perez.

"He struck me out on three fastballs in the first at-bat," the Royals' Mike Moustakas said. "It looked like he got a little sneaky. He was throwing a slider, cutter and mixing his pitches well."

Elliot Johnson tripled leading off the sixth and scored on Xavier Nady's single for a 3-2 lead.

Seattle has lost four straight and six of seven following a 10-game winning streak.

Left-hander Danny Hultzen, selected by Seattle with the second pick of the 2011 amateur draft, pitched for the first time since Feb. 27 after recovering from a strained hip flexor. He gave up a double to Lorenzo Cain leading off the fifth, then retired three in a row.

"It felt good to be back out there," Hultzen said. "I'm past it. Hopefully, it doesn't come back. I'll keep doing some preventive work to make sure it doesn't happen again."

Cain hit a hanging curveball.

"An 0-2 curveball that can't happen ever," Hultzen said. "I learned my lesson. That kind of hung up and he crushed it. I knew where it was supposed to go, but I just didn't do it that time. I threw a couple of good ones after that, but that one he hammered."

NOTES: RHP Luke Hochevar, the first player picked in the 2006 amateur draft and the Royals' 2011 opening-day starter, has been sent to the bullpen, failing in his attempt to earn the final rotation slot. Hochevar had a 6.75 ERA in three appearances, allowing six runs, nine hits, two homers and two walks in eight innings. LHP Bruce Chen and RHP Luis Mendoza remain the leading candidates to be the No. 5 starter, but Yost said LHP Will Smith and rookie RHP Yordano Ventura are possibilities. ... Nady has plantar fasciitis, a foot inflammation, and was removed for a pinch runner in the sixth. ... The Royals requested unconditional release waivers on RHP Guillermo Moscoso, claimed off waivers Nov. 2 from Colorado. He went 3-2 with a 6.13 ERA last season with the Rockies and was 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in three spring training appearances. Moscoso had a contract paying him $504,250 in the majors and $181,900 in the minors. He gets 30 days' termination pay at the lower rate, or $29,820.

 
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Seattle

K. Seager
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Kansas City

B. Butler
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jason Bay, LF3000021 .292
    Julio Morban, LF1000010 .259
Kyle Seager, 3B4021010 .241
Michael Morse, 1B2000010 .286
    Mike Jacobs, 1B1000011 .280
Raul Ibanez, DH3010012 .391
   a- Ronny Paulino, PH-DH1000000 .071
Michael Saunders, CF3000001 .190
    Francisco Martinez, CF1000000 .286
Kelly Shoppach, C2000010 .350
    Jesus Sucre, C1000010 .300
Carlos Peguero, RF3000011 .364
Robert Andino, SS2100121 .240
Carlos Triunfel, 2B3111021 .280
Totals30242114  
a-grounded out for Ibanez in the 9th
Batting
HR - Carlos Triunfel (1, Santana)
RBI - Kyle Seager (5), Carlos Triunfel (1)
2-OUT RBI - Kyle Seager (1), Carlos Triunfel (1)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Andino-Triunfel-Morse
E - Kelly Shoppach (1, Throwing)
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hisashi Iwakuma 4422010 2.70
Danny Hultzen 1100000 0.00
Tom Wilhelmsen (L,0-1) 1211130 1.50
Charlie Furbush 1211110 5.68
Stephen Pryor 1000030 3.00
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hisashi Iwakuma 9-1, Danny Hultzen 1-2, Charlie Furbush 1-1
Batters Faced - Hisashi Iwakuma 15, Danny Hultzen 4, Tom Wilhelmsen 6, Charlie Furbush 6, Stephen Pryor 3
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alex Gordon, LF3110001 .516
    David Lough, LF1011000 .519
Elliot Johnson, SS-2B3110001 .333
   a- Johnny Giavotella, PH-2B1000011 .296
Billy Butler, 1B2111000 .351
    Xavier Nady, 1B1011000 .333
    Anthony Seratelli, PR-1B0000100 .313
Mike Moustakas, 3B2010010 .455
    Brandon Wood, 3B2000013 .238
Salvador Perez, C2011000 .385
    George Kottaras, C1000110 .294
Jeff Francoeur, DH4000023 .263
Lorenzo Cain, CF2010000 .409
    Jarrod Dyson, CF2000022 .300
Endy Chavez, RF2000001 .261
    Willy Taveras, RF1110000 .478
Chris Getz, 2B2000001 .286
    Christian Colon, SS1000001 .167
Totals3249428  
a-struck out for Johnson in the 7th
Batting
2B - David Lough (4, Furbush), Lorenzo Cain (4, Hultzen), Willy Taveras (2, Furbush)
3B - Elliot Johnson (1, Wilhelmsen)
RBI - David Lough (5), Billy Butler (12), Xavier Nady (5), Salvador Perez (2)
SB - Alex Gordon (2, 3rd base off Iwakuma/Shoppach)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Getz-Johnson-Butler
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ervin Santana 4211071 2.00
Everett Teaford (H,1) 1000000 0.00
Nate Adcock (BS,1; W,1-0) 1111120 1.42
Donnie Joseph (H,3) 1000010 1.50
Dan Wheeler (H,1) 1100030 0.00
Aaron Crow (S,1) 1000010 4.50
HBP - Morse (by Nate Adcock), Shoppach (by Donnie Joseph)
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 3-1, Everett Teaford 2-1, Aaron Crow 2-0
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 13, Everett Teaford 3, Nate Adcock 6, Donnie Joseph 4, Dan Wheeler 4, Aaron Crow 3
Game Information
Attendance - 6029
Game Time - 2:36
Temperature - 87
Umpires - Home - Cory Blaser, First Base - Hal Gibson, Second Base - Al Porter, Third Base - Brian Runge