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Kansas City at Seattle

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Kansas City (17-19)001000000140
Seattle (19-17) «00020100x370

Mariners 3, Royals 1

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SEATTLE -- Chris Young isn't prone to self-praise. Even after a good start, the Seattle Mariners right-hander is more comfortable giving credit to anyone but himself.

Young had another opportunity to act the consummate teammate after he pitched pitching eight efficient innings Saturday night to lead the Mariners to a 3-1 win over the Kansas City Royals.

"I'm happy," Young said. "I'm happy we won. That's first and foremost. My goal is for the team to win the day I pitch, however it's done."

Young (3-0) allowed three hits, struck out three and walked none. It was the first time he threw at least eight innings since he tossed a complete game for the San Diego Padres in 2008. Young pitched sparingly in the majors from 2009-12 and missed most of last season after having surgery to address a nerve ailment that affects his shoulder.

The tall right-hander needed just 96 pitches and set down the Royals in order in five of his eight innings.

"I've said all along, he's a veteran guy that knows what he's doing, what he wants to do," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. "When he's capable of executing his pitches, he's pretty tough.

"He's gotten better every time out. We got to remember this guy's coming off surgery. Very limited amount of spring training. So what he's doing is really remarkable, to command it so early like he is."

Fernando Rodney pitched around a two-out single in the ninth inning to record his 11th save in 12 attempts.

Justin Smoak gave Young all the run support he would need with a two-run home run to right in the fourth to give the Mariners a 2-1 lead. Smoak's fifth home run of the season gave him 24 RBI, a number he didn't reach last year until Aug. 1.

Dustin Ackley added a solo shot to right in the sixth inning off Royals starter Yordano Ventura.

Ventura (2-2) allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander issued a season-high four walks, while notching a season-low three strikeouts.

"You know, he threw the ball really well," Royals skipper Ned Yost said. "The pitch to Smoak wasn't a bad pitch, it was down and in that he got the head out on. The pitch to Ackley was a change-up that he drove into the seats. But outside of that, it was OK."

Mariners right fielder Michael Saunders hurt himself when his foot slid in the grass near the right-field line while he was chasing a ball hit by Mike Moustakas in the top of the third inning. Saunders fell to the ground and the ball bounced over him, allowing Moustakas to reach third with a triple.

The Royals took advantage of the opportunity as Alcides Escobar followed with a sacrifice fly to left to give Kansas City a 1-0 lead.

Saunders left the game after the inning and was diagnosed with a hyperextended left knee. He is considered day to day.

The four hits tied a season-low for the Royals, who have struggled to find power during their time in Seattle. Of its 23 hits in three games thus far in the series, Kansas City has just one extra-base hit.

"So far, so good, but my goal is to help this club make the playoffs," Young said. "My goal isn't to make five ... (or six starts). I try not to evaluate at this point. I just want to keep getting better, working hard and to keep helping the club. I feel like if I do that one game at a time, you look back, we'll be satisfied where we are."

Notes

Sunday's series finale will pit Seattle LHP Roenis Elias against Kansas City RHP Jeremy Guthrie. ... Mariners rookie James Jones hit in the leadoff spot for the first time in his career. Manager Lloyd McClendon said Jones, who hit .306 in the minors from the top spot in the lineup, is a "prototypical leadoff guy." ... Home plate umpire Scott Barry left Saturday's game following the third inning after appearing to take a pitch off his right hand. Crew chief Jeff Nelson took over behind the plate and the game finished with three umpires.

 
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Players of the Game
Seattle

C. Young
IP 8.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 0
K 3
Kansas City

B. Butler
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF4000000 .275
Eric Hosmer, 1B4000000 .317
Billy Butler, DH4020000 .244
   Justin Maxwell, PR-DH0000000 .138
Salvador Perez, C4010002 .260
Alex Gordon, LF3000012 .252
Johnny Giavotella, 2B3000011 .182
Lorenzo Cain, CF3000010 .333
Mike Moustakas, 3B3110000 .147
Alcides Escobar, SS2001000 .268
Yordano Ventura, P0000000 .500
   Tim Collins, P0000000 .000
   Kelvin Herrera, P0000000 .000
Totals3014103  
Batting
3B - Mike Moustakas (1, C. Young)
SF - Alcides Escobar (1)
RBI - Alcides Escobar (11)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Giavotella-Escobar-Hosmer
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yordano Ventura (L,2-2) 6.1633432 2.34
Tim Collins 0.2100000 9.00
Kelvin Herrera 1000020 1.59
WP - Yordano Ventura (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Yordano Ventura 96-54, Tim Collins 10-7, Kelvin Herrera 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yordano Ventura 9-6, Kelvin Herrera 1-0
Batters Faced - Yordano Ventura 28, Tim Collins 2, Kelvin Herrera 3
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
James Jones, CF2010200 .462
Brad Miller, SS4000023 .164
Robinson Cano, 2B3020101 .296
Corey Hart, DH4110013 .217
Justin Smoak, 1B4112010 .246
John Buck, C4010010 .259
Dustin Ackley, LF2111101 .245
Michael Saunders, RF1000001 .222
   Stefen Romero, RF2000001 .209
Willie Bloomquist, 3B3000000 .186
Chris Young, P0000000 .000
   Fernando Rodney, P0000000 .000
Totals2937345  
Batting
HR - Justin Smoak (5, Ventura), Dustin Ackley (2, Ventura)
RBI - Justin Smoak 2 (24), Dustin Ackley (14)
2-OUT RBI - Dustin Ackley (7)
Team LOB - 6
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Young (W,3-0) 8311030 2.63
Fernando Rodney (S,11) 1100000 2.30
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 93-60, Fernando Rodney 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 6-15, Fernando Rodney 3-0
Batters Faced - Chris Young 27, Fernando Rodney 4
Game Information
Attendance - 29359
Game Time - 2:18
Temperature - 58
Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Marcus Pattillo, Third Base - Laz Diaz