Junis carries no-no into seventh, Royals rout Mariners 10-0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Ned Yost thought Jakob Junis was starting to labor in the fifth inning Monday night, so he turned to bench coach Dale Sveum and promised to pull the young Royals right-hander if it continued.

Laboring? He was throwing a no-hitter.

''Dale thought I was kidding,'' Yost said, ''but I honestly had no idea.''

Junis had hit three batters and walked two more, but he did not allow a hit until one out in the seventh inning.

By that point, the Royals were well on their way to a 10-0 rout of the Seattle Mariners to open their three-game series at cold, windy Kauffman Stadium.

''I was paying attention to the score, but I wasn't paying attention to how many hits they had,'' Yost said. ''I looked up and saw he had a no-hitter and I was completely oblivious to it.''

So, what would have happened if Yost trotted to the mound to make a change?

''I would have had to tell him to go back,'' Junis replied.

After Junis (2-0) finally allowed a hit to longtime friend Daniel Vogelbach, he finished up the seventh without any more trouble, running his scoreless streak to 14 innings to start the season.

''He was just kind of in a groove,'' Vogelbach said. ''You've got to give him credit. Sometimes pitchers are on and he pitched well tonight. Tomorrow is a new day.''

Junis was given a standing ovation when his night was done by the announced crowd of 12,324, most of whom quickly filed out with temperatures just above freezing.

Everybody in the Royals lineup but Drew Butera scored off Marco Gonzales (1-1) and the Mariners bullpen, and all the catcher had done was drive in a couple of runs. Things got so ugly that Seattle had infielder Tyler Motter pitch the eighth and Mike Moustakas promptly took him deep.

''Solid at-bats all night long in the tough cold,'' Yost said. ''We got on (Gonzales) early, got his pitch count up and it was nice to give Jake a little bit of a cushion.''

Gonzalez allowed four runs, eight hits and a walk for the Mariners while retiring seven batters, and reliever Casey Lawrence promptly allowed five more runs while getting five more outs.

Kansas City's offensive outburst on a raw night came out of nowhere. The club had been held to a single run in four of its previous five games, and two runs in the other. The Royals hadn't scored more than three runs in a game since a season-opening 14-7 loss to the White Sox.

They had three runs in the first inning alone Monday night.

They tacked on another in the third before a five-spot in the fifth, a half-inning that lasted so long it was a wonder Junis didn't cool off - or freeze entirely - while sitting in the dugout.

Instead, he trotted back out and worked a four-pitch sixth inning that lasted about 2 minutes in real time. And after he finally yielded a single to Vogelbach in the seventh, Junis struck out Guillermo Heredia and got Ichiro Suzuki to fly out to cap his dominant performance.

Seattle finished with two hits and left five runners on base.

''We didn't do a whole lot offensively. Obviously, we didn't get a hit until later in the game,'' Mariners manager Scott Servais said. ''They just beat us. We had a bad night.''

MARINERS MOVES

1B Ryon Healy flew back to Seattle on Monday to meet with Dr. Edward Khalfayan and review an MRI of his ankle, which he hurt Saturday during a postgame workout. Healy was put on the DL retroactive to Sunday and RHP Chasen Bradford was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: DH Nelson Cruz (sprained right ankle) and C Mike Zunino (left oblique strain) resumed baseball activities Monday, and both could be back this weekend. OF Ben Gamel (right oblique strain) is getting at-bats at Tacoma and is also close to returning.

Royals: C Salvador Perez (left knee sprain) hit and ran bases for the first time prior to the game, and reported feeling ''pretty good.'' Yost said his All-Star could be back early in the four-to-six-week timeframe that was given when Perez got hurt just before opening day.

UP NEXT

Royals LHP Eric Skoglund makes his season debut against RHP Felix Hernandez as the three-game set continues Tuesday night. Skoglund has not pitched in a game since an exhibition March 17, thanks to rainouts and postponements that have wrecked the Royals' early schedule.

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  • W: J. Junis (2-0)L: M. Gonzales (1-1)
  • HR: KC - M. Moustakas (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Gordon CF40100012.353.389.441.8300.5
J. Segura SS40000011.333.389.424.813-0.5
R. Cano 2B20000000.407.500.5191.0191.0
A. Romine 2B10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
M. Haniger RF30000110.296.441.556.9970.5
K. Seager 3B40000002.167.242.300.5420.0
D. Vogelbach 1B20100002.294.368.353.7212.0
G. Heredia LF20000012.222.333.556.8890.5
I. Suzuki DH30000002.227.227.227.4550.0
D. Freitas C20000111.167.333.250.5830.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Jay LF51100013.276.400.345.7451.5
    W. Merrifield 2B52200010.250.294.281.5755.5
    M. Moustakas 3B52331001.281.324.500.82412.0
    C. Cuthbert 1B21000312.200.346.250.5963.5
    J. Soler RF31200101.278.417.333.7505.0
    P. Orlando CF51210014.176.176.235.4124.5
    C. Gallagher DH51110026.091.091.182.2733.0
    A. Escobar SS41120103.179.233.286.5195.0
    D. Butera C30120023.235.300.353.6534.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Moustakas (2), P. Orlando, C. Gallagher, D. Butera (2)
      • HR - M. Moustakas
      • RBI - M. Moustakas 3 (5), P. Orlando, C. Gallagher, A. Escobar 2 (2), D. Butera 2 (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Gallagher, A. Escobar, D. Butera 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - W. Merrifield
      FIELDING
      • E - D. Gordon
      • PB - D. Freitas (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Gonzales (L, 1-1)2.18441407.271.73-10.0
      C. Lawrence1.245521010.381.38-7.5
      C. Bradford3.00001200.000.339.0
      T. Motter1.01111119.002.000.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Gonzales (L, 1-1)2.1
      C. Lawrence1.2
      C. Bradford3.0
      T. Motter1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis (W, 2-0)7.01002300.000.5029.5
      B. Maurer1.010001015.002.672.5
      B. Flynn1.000002011.571.714.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis (W, 2-0)7.0
      B. Maurer1.0
      B. Flynn1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Lawrence, T. Motter
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Gonzales 64-40, C. Lawrence 52-27, C. Bradford 37-27, T. Motter 23-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Gonzales 1-2, C. Lawrence 2-2, C. Bradford 5-2
      • Batters Faced - M. Gonzales 16, C. Lawrence 12, C. Bradford 10, T. Motter 6
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Junis 3 (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 90-56, B. Maurer 9-7, B. Flynn 14-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 7-10, B. Maurer 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 26, B. Maurer 3, B. Flynn 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      D. Gordon CF40100012.353.389.441.8300.5
      J. Segura SS40000011.333.389.424.813-0.5
      R. Cano 2B20000000.407.500.5191.0191.0
      A. Romine 2B10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
      M. Haniger RF30000110.296.441.556.9970.5
      K. Seager 3B40000002.167.242.300.5420.0
      D. Vogelbach 1B20100002.294.368.353.7212.0
      G. Heredia LF20000012.222.333.556.8890.5
      I. Suzuki DH30000002.227.227.227.4550.0
      D. Freitas C20000111.167.333.250.5830.5
      Total2702002612-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Jay LF51100013.276.400.345.7451.5
        W. Merrifield 2B52200010.250.294.281.5755.5
        M. Moustakas 3B52331001.281.324.500.82412.0
        C. Cuthbert 1B21000312.200.346.250.5963.5
        J. Soler RF31200101.278.417.333.7505.0
        P. Orlando CF51210014.176.176.235.4124.5
        C. Gallagher DH51110026.091.091.182.2733.0
        A. Escobar SS41120103.179.233.286.5195.0
        D. Butera C30120023.235.300.353.6534.0
        Total371013915823-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Moustakas (2), P. Orlando, C. Gallagher, D. Butera (2)
          • HR - M. Moustakas
          • RBI - M. Moustakas 3 (5), P. Orlando, C. Gallagher, A. Escobar 2 (2), D. Butera 2 (3)
          • 2-Out RBI - C. Gallagher, A. Escobar, D. Butera 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - W. Merrifield
          FIELDING
          • E - D. Gordon
          • PB - D. Freitas (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Gonzales (L, 1-1)2.18441407.271.73-10.0
          C. Lawrence1.245521010.381.38-7.5
          C. Bradford3.00001200.000.339.0
          T. Motter1.01111119.002.000.5
          Total8.0131010581---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Gonzales (L, 1-1)2.1
          C. Lawrence1.2
          C. Bradford3.0
          T. Motter1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Junis (W, 2-0)7.01002300.000.5029.5
          B. Maurer1.010001015.002.672.5
          B. Flynn1.000002011.571.714.0
          Total9.0200260---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Junis (W, 2-0)7.0
          B. Maurer1.0
          B. Flynn1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - C. Lawrence, T. Motter
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Gonzales 64-40, C. Lawrence 52-27, C. Bradford 37-27, T. Motter 23-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Gonzales 1-2, C. Lawrence 2-2, C. Bradford 5-2
          • Batters Faced - M. Gonzales 16, C. Lawrence 12, C. Bradford 10, T. Motter 6
          PITCHING
          • HBP - J. Junis 3 (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 90-56, B. Maurer 9-7, B. Flynn 14-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 7-10, B. Maurer 1-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Junis 26, B. Maurer 3, B. Flynn 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Moustakas homered to right center010
          • 4TH INNING
            Butera doubled to left center, Gallagher and Escobar scored09
            Escobar reached on an infield single to pitcher, Orlando scored, Gallagher to third07
            Gallagher doubled to left, Cuthbert scored, Orlando to third06
            Orlando reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Merrifield scored, Cuthbert to third, Soler out at second05
          • 3RD INNING
            Escobar grounded out to first, Soler scored, Orlando to third04
          • 1ST INNING
            Soler singled to shallow center, Moustakas scored on center fielder Gordon fielding error03
            Moustakas doubled to center, Jay and Merrifield scored02
          • 9TH INNING
            • Brian Flynn relieved Brandon Maurer
            • A. Romine: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
            • M. Haniger: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
            • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Seager flied out to center
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Brandon Maurer relieved Jake Junis
            • D. Freitas: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Freitas struck out looking
            • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon singled to shallow center
            • J. Segura: Strike looking, Segura grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Gordon out at second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Taylor Motter relieved Chasen Bradford
            • Andrew Romine at second
            • M. Moustakas: Foul, Ball, Moustakas homered to right center
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cuthbert walked
            • J. Soler: Ball, Soler hit by pitch, Cuthbert to second
            • P. Orlando: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Orlando struck out on foul tip
            • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gallagher lined out to second
            • A. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Foul, Escobar flied out to center
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Seager grounded out to pitcher
            • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Vogelbach singled to shallow center
            • G. Heredia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Heredia struck out swinging
            • I. Suzuki: Ball, Strike swinging, Suzuki flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Bradford Pitching:
            • D. Butera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Butera struck out swinging
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Jay grounded out to first
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • J. Segura: Segura grounded out to third
            • R. Cano: Cano grounded out to third
            • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Haniger flied out to center
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Bradford Pitching:
            • P. Orlando: Strike looking, Orlando lined out to pitcher
            • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Ball, Gallagher grounded out to third
            • A. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • G. Heredia: Ball, Heredia hit by pitch
            • I. Suzuki: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Suzuki flied out to center
            • D. Freitas: Freitas lined out to center
            • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Chasen Bradford relieved Casey Lawrence
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield flied out to center
            • M. Moustakas: Moustakas lined out to right
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cuthbert walked
            • J. Soler: Foul, Ball, Soler reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Cuthbert out at second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • J. Segura: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Segura struck out swinging
            • R. Cano: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Cano hit by pitch
            • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Haniger walked, Cano to second
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Seager reached on fielder's choice to second, Cano to third, Haniger out at second
            • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Vogelbach grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Lawrence Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield singled to shallow center
            • M. Moustakas: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Moustakas flied out to deep left
            • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Cuthbert walked, Merrifield to second
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Merrifield stole third, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soler walked, Cuthbert to second
            • P. Orlando: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Orlando reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Merrifield scored, Cuthbert to third, Soler out at second
            • C. Gallagher: Gallagher doubled to left, Cuthbert scored, Orlando to third
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Escobar reached on an infield single to pitcher, Orlando scored, Gallagher to third
            • D. Butera: Ball, Ball, Butera doubled to left center, Gallagher and Escobar scored
            • J. Jay: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Jay flied out to right
            • End of the 4th (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • I. Suzuki: Suzuki flied out to deep center
            • D. Freitas: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Freitas walked
            • D. Gordon: Gordon grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Freitas out at second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Soler singled to right center
            • P. Orlando: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Orlando doubled to left, Soler to third
            • C. Gallagher: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gallagher struck out looking
            • Casey Lawrence relieved Marco Gonzales
            • A. Escobar: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Escobar grounded out to first, Soler scored, Orlando to third
            • D. Butera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Butera hit by pitch
            • J. Jay: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Jay struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Haniger flied out to deep right
            • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Foul, Seager popped out to third
            • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Vogelbach hit by pitch
            • G. Heredia: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Heredia lined out to right
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Jay grounded out to second
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield lined out to second
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Moustakas reached on an infield single to second
            • C. Cuthbert: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Cuthbert lined out to shortstop
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • D. Gordon: Ball, Gordon flied out to left
            • J. Segura: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Segura grounded out to second
            • R. Cano: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cano flied out to left
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Gonzales Pitching:
            • J. Jay: Ball, Strike looking, Jay singled to left
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Merrifield singled to shallow center, Jay to second
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moustakas doubled to center, Jay and Merrifield scored
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cuthbert struck out swinging
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Soler singled to shallow center, Moustakas scored on center fielder Gordon fielding error
            • P. Orlando: Ball, Ball, Orlando reached on an infield single to shortstop, Soler to second
            • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gallagher struck out swinging, Soler to third, Orlando to second on passed ball
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Escobar walked
            • D. Butera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Butera struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 1 Error)