Merrifield has 2 HR, 6 RBIs to lift Royals over Mariners 9-0

SEATTLE (AP) With Whit Merrifield and the Kansas City Royals piling up the runs, Homer Bailey went on a mission Tuesday night.

Merrifield had two homers and a career-high six RBIs, Bailey worked into the eighth inning with 121 pitches and the Royals beat the Seattle Mariners 9-0.

The Royals jumped on struggling starter Yusei Kikuchi to get their third straight win. Merrifield drove a three-run homer against Kikuchi (3-5) in the fourth and added a two-run shot against Jesse Biddle in the eighth. Jorge Soler also homered for the Royals, and rookie Nicky Lopez had three hits.

That allowed Bailey to shift his focus toward covering as many innings as possible. He struck out six and gave Kansas City's bullpen a breather.

''Getting the run support and the energy from the guys really helped picked me up and I knew I had to sharpen up, try to have some quick innings,'' Bailey said. ''Once we started scoring runs, my focus was really: go out there, have some quick innings, get the guys back in here, let them keep swinging.''

And swing they did, right from the start. The Royals started the game with three consecutive singles, taking a 2-0 lead on Alex Gordon's two-run single. Soler added his 20th home run in the third to make it 3-0 and Bailey started rolling around the time Merrifield hit his first home run that made it 6-0 in the fourth.

After stranding two runners in each of the first three innings, Bailey retired 14 of the next 15 he faced. As the game reached the eighth, Bailey was asked if he could start the inning. His response? ''Absolutely.''

''He executed his pitches, it's as simple as that,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''He does a great job of pitching. He's a big league veteran guy. He's got two no-hitters under his belt. He knows how to pitch, how to execute pitches. On days where he's grinding, he knows how to make pitches when he needs to.''

Bailey (6-6) allowed just one baserunner past second in 7 2/3 innings and struck out six with just two walks.

Kikuchi allowed six runs in five innings. The Japanese rookie has had an unsettling June after a fairly positive start to his major league career. He's 0-4 in five starts since May 25 and has allowed eight home runs during that stretch. Merrifield, who also had a two-run home run in the eighth inning and a sac fly, said Kikuchi got himself into trouble by falling behind in the count at key times.

''We knew this was going to be a process,'' Seattle manager Scott Servais said of Kikuchi's conversion from Japanese baseball.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: Adalberto Mondesi left the game with right groin tightness. Yost said he will be held out of Wednesday's series finale with the Mariners.

Mariners: Felix Hernandez was scheduled Tuesday to have an MRI on his right shoulder. The right-hander left his rehab assignment at Triple-A Tacoma on Friday due to fatigue and was scheduled for the scan of his right lat and the back of his shoulder after a visit with doctors Monday. Servais said the development is not good news for the 33-year-old, who has been out since May 12. ''It's concerning enough to take new images of that (injured area) and not guess,'' Servais said.

HANIGER'S RETURN

Mitch Haniger said he is no longer in pain while walking after rupturing a testicle during a game this month. The All-Star right-fielder hopes to restart more strenuous activities like running this weekend or next week. He's done some light arm and balance work while the Mariners were on the road, then rejoined his teammates in the clubhouse for the Kansas City series.

''The first couple of days the pain is too much and you can't really move, so you don't really have any options,'' Haniger said. ''But right now I feel like I'm walking around and there's no pain, so I'm really trying to get things going but really not make it worse.''

Servais said the plan is to ''be really cautious, really smart'' with Haniger's return.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Brad Keller (3-8, 3.97 ERA) tries to stop a run of seven losses in eight appearances since April 22.

Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (7-6, 4.50 ERA) is looking for his third straight win since stopping a six-game losing streak.

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KC25-48
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SEA31-46
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  • W: H. Bailey (6-6)L: Y. Kikuchi (3-5)
  • HR: KC - W. Merrifield 2 (10), J. Soler (20)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 1B-2B43362003.306.353.510.86218.0
A. Mondesi SS31100013.269.302.441.7443.5
L. Duda 1B20000010.148.262.278.539-0.5
A. Gordon LF50120020.265.346.451.7972.0
J. Soler DH41111111.245.304.527.8326.5
C. Cuthbert 3B50100021.286.318.460.7780.0
J. Bonifacio RF40100132.313.353.500.8531.5
M. Maldonado C41100002.213.289.306.5953.0
N. Lopez 2B-SS42300001.223.260.314.5746.0
B. Hamilton CF31100102.222.299.278.5764.0
H. Bailey P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Lopez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. McCarthy P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Smith CF40000001.220.288.349.6360.0
    J. Crawford SS40100012.263.344.400.7440.5
    D. Santana RF40100023.272.333.459.7930.0
    D. Moore RF00000000.204.310.327.6360.0
    D. Vogelbach 1B20000211.253.394.530.9241.5
    O. Narvaez C40100004.286.364.467.8322.0
    K. Seager 3B30000010.223.308.394.702-0.5
    A. Nola 3B10000001.333.333.333.6670.0
    T. Murphy DH40100011.298.316.606.9231.5
    D. Gordon 2B40100021.277.303.378.6810.0
    M. Williamson LF30100002.154.238.231.4681.0
    Y. Kikuchi P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    M. Festa P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    C. Gearrin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    J. Biddle P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    G. Bautista P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Bonifacio (3), M. Maldonado (8), N. Lopez (6), B. Hamilton (7)
      • HR - W. Merrifield 2 (10), J. Soler (20)
      • SF - W. Merrifield (2)
      • RBI - W. Merrifield 6 (39), A. Gordon 2 (41), J. Soler (52)
      • 2-Out RBI - W. Merrifield 2 (17)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Mondesi 3 (3), J. Bonifacio 2 (2), M. Maldonado
      BATTING
      • 2B - O. Narvaez (6), T. Murphy (5)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Santana, D. Vogelbach, O. Narvaez 4 (4), D. Gordon
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Mondesi (27)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Merrifield)
      • E - A. Mondesi (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Crawford-Gordon-Vogelbach)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      H. Bailey (W, 6-6)7.25002604.821.3927.0
      J. Lopez0.10000106.641.540.5
      K. McCarthy1.01000105.941.922.5
      PITCHERSIP
      H. Bailey (W, 6-6)7.2
      J. Lopez0.1
      K. McCarthy1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Y. Kikuchi (L, 3-5)5.09662525.151.48-4.5
      M. Festa1.01110005.541.541.0
      C. Gearrin1.01000204.611.503.0
      J. Biddle1.02220117.062.35-0.5
      G. Bautista1.00001209.002.503.0
      PITCHERSIP
      Y. Kikuchi (L, 3-5)5.0
      M. Festa1.0
      C. Gearrin1.0
      J. Biddle1.0
      G. Bautista1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - H. Bailey 121-76, J. Lopez 6-4, K. McCarthy 13-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Bailey 8-9
      • Batters Faced - H. Bailey 30, J. Lopez, K. McCarthy 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Biddle (7)
      • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Kikuchi 97-55, M. Festa 20-13, C. Gearrin 17-10, J. Biddle 19-11, G. Bautista 16-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Kikuchi 7-2, M. Festa 1-2, C. Gearrin 1-0, J. Biddle 1-1, G. Bautista 1-0
      • Batters Faced - Y. Kikuchi 25, M. Festa 4, C. Gearrin 4, J. Biddle 5, G. Bautista 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      W. Merrifield 1B-2B43362003.306.353.510.86218.0
      A. Mondesi SS31100013.269.302.441.7443.5
      L. Duda 1B20000010.148.262.278.539-0.5
      A. Gordon LF50120020.265.346.451.7972.0
      J. Soler DH41111111.245.304.527.8326.5
      C. Cuthbert 3B50100021.286.318.460.7780.0
      J. Bonifacio RF40100132.313.353.500.8531.5
      M. Maldonado C41100002.213.289.306.5953.0
      N. Lopez 2B-SS42300001.223.260.314.5746.0
      B. Hamilton CF31100102.222.299.278.5764.0
      H. Bailey P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      J. Lopez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      K. McCarthy P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      Total389139331015-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Smith CF40000001.220.288.349.6360.0
        J. Crawford SS40100012.263.344.400.7440.5
        D. Santana RF40100023.272.333.459.7930.0
        D. Moore RF00000000.204.310.327.6360.0
        D. Vogelbach 1B20000211.253.394.530.9241.5
        O. Narvaez C40100004.286.364.467.8322.0
        K. Seager 3B30000010.223.308.394.702-0.5
        A. Nola 3B10000001.333.333.333.6670.0
        T. Murphy DH40100011.298.316.606.9231.5
        D. Gordon 2B40100021.277.303.378.6810.0
        M. Williamson LF30100002.154.238.231.4681.0
        Y. Kikuchi P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        M. Festa P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        C. Gearrin P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        J. Biddle P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        G. Bautista P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        Total3306002816-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Bonifacio (3), M. Maldonado (8), N. Lopez (6), B. Hamilton (7)
          • HR - W. Merrifield 2 (10), J. Soler (20)
          • SF - W. Merrifield (2)
          • RBI - W. Merrifield 6 (39), A. Gordon 2 (41), J. Soler (52)
          • 2-Out RBI - W. Merrifield 2 (17)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Mondesi 3 (3), J. Bonifacio 2 (2), M. Maldonado
          BATTING
          • 2B - O. Narvaez (6), T. Murphy (5)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Santana, D. Vogelbach, O. Narvaez 4 (4), D. Gordon
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Mondesi (27)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Merrifield)
          • E - A. Mondesi (5)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Crawford-Gordon-Vogelbach)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          H. Bailey (W, 6-6)7.25002604.821.3927.0
          J. Lopez0.10000106.641.540.5
          K. McCarthy1.01000105.941.922.5
          Total9.0600280---
          PITCHERSIP
          H. Bailey (W, 6-6)7.2
          J. Lopez0.1
          K. McCarthy1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          Y. Kikuchi (L, 3-5)5.09662525.151.48-4.5
          M. Festa1.01110005.541.541.0
          C. Gearrin1.01000204.611.503.0
          J. Biddle1.02220117.062.35-0.5
          G. Bautista1.00001209.002.503.0
          Total9.013993103---
          PITCHERSIP
          Y. Kikuchi (L, 3-5)5.0
          M. Festa1.0
          C. Gearrin1.0
          J. Biddle1.0
          G. Bautista1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - H. Bailey 121-76, J. Lopez 6-4, K. McCarthy 13-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Bailey 8-9
          • Batters Faced - H. Bailey 30, J. Lopez, K. McCarthy 4
          PITCHING
          • WP - J. Biddle (7)
          • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Kikuchi 97-55, M. Festa 20-13, C. Gearrin 17-10, J. Biddle 19-11, G. Bautista 16-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Kikuchi 7-2, M. Festa 1-2, C. Gearrin 1-0, J. Biddle 1-1, G. Bautista 1-0
          • Batters Faced - Y. Kikuchi 25, M. Festa 4, C. Gearrin 4, J. Biddle 5, G. Bautista 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Merrifield homered to left center, Maldonado scored90
          • 6TH INNING
            Merrifield hit sacrifice fly to right, Lopez scored70
          • 4TH INNING
            Merrifield homered to left, Lopez and Hamilton scored60
          • 3RD INNING
            Soler homered to center30
          • 1ST INNING
            Gordon singled to center, Merrifield and Mondesi scored20
          • 9TH INNING
            • Dylan Moore in right field
            • Austin Nola at third base
            • Gerson Bautista relieved Jesse Biddle
            • A. Gordon: Gordon grounded out to second
            • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soler walked
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cuthbert struck out swinging
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Kevin McCarthy relieved Jorge Lopez
            • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Narvaez doubled to deep left
            • A. Nola: Nola popped out to second
            • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
            • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gordon lined out to left
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Jesse Biddle relieved Cory Gearrin
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Maldonado doubled to left center
            • N. Lopez: Ball, Maldonado to third on wild pitch, Lopez fouled out to left
            • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Ball, Hamilton grounded out to shortstop
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Merrifield homered to left center, Maldonado scored
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • H. Bailey Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Ball, Smith flied out to left
            • J. Crawford: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Crawford singled to right
            • D. Santana: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • Jorge Lopez relieved Homer Bailey
            • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Vogelbach struck out looking
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Cory Gearrin relieved Matthew Festa
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
            • J. Soler: Ball, Soler grounded out to third
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cuthbert reached on an infield single to second
            • J. Bonifacio: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • H. Bailey Pitching:
            • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Murphy fouled out to first
            • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
            • M. Williamson: Ball, Williamson grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Matthew Festa relieved Yusei Kikuchi
            • N. Lopez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Lopez doubled to center
            • B. Hamilton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hamilton grounded out to shortstop, Lopez to third
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Merrifield hit sacrifice fly to right, Lopez scored
            • L. Duda: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Duda flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • H. Bailey Pitching:
            • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Vogelbach grounded out to shortstop
            • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Narvaez flied out to left
            • K. Seager: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Seager grounded out to first
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cuthbert struck out looking
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bonifacio walked
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Maldonado reached on fielder's choice to second, Bonifacio out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Lucas Duda at first base
            • M. Williamson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Williamson singled to shallow center
            • M. Smith: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Smith flied out to left
            • J. Crawford: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Crawford struck out looking
            • D. Santana: Ball, Ball, Santana reached on fielder's choice to second, Williamson out at second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Maldonado grounded out to shortstop
            • N. Lopez: Strike looking, Lopez singled to right
            • B. Hamilton: Ball, Ball, Foul, Hamilton doubled to left, Lopez to third
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Merrifield homered to left, Lopez and Hamilton scored
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
            • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • H. Bailey Pitching:
            • K. Seager: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Seager grounded out to first
            • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Murphy flied out to left
            • D. Gordon: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike swinging, Gordon grounded out to second
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Ball, Soler homered to center
            • C. Cuthbert: Cuthbert popped out to second
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • H. Bailey Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Smith safe at first on shortstop Mondesi throwing error, Smith to second
            • J. Crawford: Crawford popped out to shortstop
            • D. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Santana struck out looking
            • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Vogelbach walked
            • O. Narvaez: Narvaez grounded out to first
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 2ND INNING
            • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
            • J. Bonifacio: Bonifacio doubled to deep left
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Maldonado grounded out to third
            • N. Lopez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Lopez singled to left, Bonifacio to third
            • B. Hamilton: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hamilton walked, Lopez to second
            • W. Merrifield: Foul, Ball, Ball, Merrifield flied out to right
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Mondesi grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • H. Bailey Pitching:
            • K. Seager: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
            • T. Murphy: Ball, Ball, Murphy doubled to deep left
            • D. Gordon: Gordon singled to left, Murphy to third
            • M. Williamson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to second, Williamson lined into double play first, Gordon out at first
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield singled to right center
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Mondesi singled to center, Merrifield to third
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Mondesi stole second, Gordon singled to center, Merrifield and Mondesi scored
            • J. Soler: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Soler grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Gordon out at second
            • C. Cuthbert: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cuthbert grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • H. Bailey Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Ball, Smith flied out to deep right
            • J. Crawford: Ball, Crawford flied out to deep right
            • D. Santana: Strike looking, Strike looking, Santana singled to center
            • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Vogelbach walked, Santana to second
            • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Foul, Narvaez grounded out to first
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)