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Iwakuma outduels Duffy; M's edge Royals on Hart's RBI hit

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SEATTLE -- Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma added to his dominant streak against the AL Central.

The All-Star right-hander struck out seven and walked none in eight innings to run his scoreless streak against division teams to 48 2/3 innings in the Mariners' 1-0 victory against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.

It is the second-longest streak by any pitcher against one division dating to 1974. Orel Hershiser tossed 55 consecutive scoreless innings against NL West opponents in 1988.

"He's got a good two-seamer and his split was pretty much unhittable today," Kansas City's Billy Butler said. "He was mixing a slider in there and had all three pitches working at any time. He was throwing them all for strikes."

Iwakuma (2-0) scattered four singles and allowed only one baserunner to reach second in his second start of the season. Iwakuma, who began the year on the disabled list with a strained tendon on the middle finger of his pitching hand, bolsters a strong pitching staff that has helped the team win 11 times in the last 14 games since losing eight straight from April 15-22.

"He's getting better each and every time out," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. "I think if you asked him, there's a lot more in there. There's a lot of room for improvement, but that just goes to show how good he really is."

Despite limiting the Mariners to two hits and one run in six-plus innings, Danny Duffy (1-3) was the hard-luck loser for Kansas City. He has allowed two hits and a run in each of his first two starts this season after pitching out of the bullpen to begin the year. Both times he has been stuck with the loss.

The Mariners pushed across the lone run in the third. Mike Zunino led off with a double for Seattle's first hit and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt. After a strikeout, Duffy intentionally walked Robinson Cano. Corey Hart followed with a run-scoring single up the middle that proved to be the difference.

Seattle hitters have driven in runs three out of the six times opposing teams have intentionally walked Cano this season.

"Offense didn't win the game, Kuma obviously was dominant," Hart said. "Any time a pitcher throws like that, you try to scrap any run you can get across, and one was enough. A guy throws like that, you hate to lose."

Kansas City managed just four singles and advanced a runner to second base only once during the first eight innings. The Royals had their best opportunity to score in the ninth when Fernando Rodney walked two, but the closer struck out Butler and induced a game-ending groundout.

Rodney's 10th save in 11 chances kept the Royals off the board for the 27th consecutive inning, a streak that dates to September 2013.

"Our guys are grinders," McClendon said. "I think they've proven that they know how to get back up off the mat, so to speak. This has been a tough month and a half for us in a lot of different ways, but I think when it's all said and done, maybe we're not as bad as people thought we were going to be."

Notes

Seattle LHP James Paxton, on the DL with a strained left lat muscle, played catch and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Friday. ... Mariners RHP Taijuan Walker is scheduled to toss in the bullpen Sunday after playing catch on Thursday. Walker is on the 15-day DL with right shoulder inflammation. ... Royals 2B Omar Infante was not in the lineup for the second successive day due to back spasms. Manager Ned Yost said the team doesn't think Infante will have to go on the DL. Infante is day to day.

 
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Hisashi Iwakuma receives congratulations at the end of his stellar outing: four hits and no walks in eight shutout innings. (USATSI)
Hisashi Iwakuma receives congratulations at the end of his stellar outing: four hits and no walks in eight shutout innings. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Seattle

H. Iwakuma
IP 8.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 0
K 7
Kansas City

E. Hosmer
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF3010000 .277
Eric Hosmer, 1B3020111 .314
Billy Butler, DH4000023 .237
Salvador Perez, C4000003 .244
Alex Gordon, LF3010020 .244
Danny Valencia, 2B3000020 .250
Lorenzo Cain, CF3000010 .340
Mike Moustakas, 3B3000000 .147
Alcides Escobar, SS2000100 .271
Danny Duffy, P0000000 .000
   Kelvin Herrera, P0000000 .000
Totals2804028  
Batting
SH - Norichika Aoki (2)
CS - Alex Gordon (2, 2nd base by Iwakuma/Zunino)
Team LOB - 4
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Danny Duffy (L,1-3) 6211340 1.96
Kelvin Herrera 2000000 1.69
IBB - Cano by Danny Duffy
HBP - Seager (by Danny Duffy)
Pitches-Strikes - Danny Duffy 88-49, Kelvin Herrera 25-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Danny Duffy 4-10, Kelvin Herrera 4-2
Batters Faced - Danny Duffy 24, Kelvin Herrera 6
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Saunders, CF-RF2000110 .237
Stefen Romero, RF-LF4000012 .226
Robinson Cano, 2B3000101 .289
Corey Hart, DH3011001 .220
Justin Smoak, 1B3000002 .246
Kyle Seager, 3B2000000 .239
Cole Gillespie, LF1000100 .167
   a-James Jones, PH-CF0000000 .400
Brad Miller, SS3000012 .173
Mike Zunino, C3110011 .247
Hisashi Iwakuma, P0000000 .000
   Fernando Rodney, P0000000 .000
Totals2412134  
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Gillespie in the 7th
Batting
2B - Mike Zunino (5, Duffy)
SH - Michael Saunders (2), James Jones (1)
RBI - Corey Hart (14)
2-OUT RBI - Corey Hart (9)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Seager-Cano-Smoak
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hisashi Iwakuma (W,2-0) 8400070 2.45
Fernando Rodney (S,10) 1000210 2.45
Pitches-Strikes - Hisashi Iwakuma 93-61, Fernando Rodney 17-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hisashi Iwakuma 11-4, Fernando Rodney 2-0
Batters Faced - Hisashi Iwakuma 26, Fernando Rodney 5
Game Information
Attendance - 12577
Game Time - 2:25
Temperature - 57
Umpires - Home - Marcus Pattillo, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Jeff Nelson