Hernandez solid, Mariners sharp in 8-3 win over Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Felix Hernandez thought his fastball command was the key against Kansas City.

Scott Servais thought it was his ace's curveball.

Both gave the Royals fits Tuesday night.

The Mariners' star right-hander bounced back from a miserable start in San Francisco to pitch into the sixth inning, and Guillermo Heredia homered to lead a big offensive outburst as Seattle rebounded from a blowout loss to the Royals with an 8-3 victory that evened their series.

''He was attacking the strike zone, and we talked about getting his curveball going and he really did,'' Servais said. ''Much more in control tonight and had good results.''

Hernandez (2-1) allowed three runs, six hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings, leaving primarily because his pitch count was driven up. His only big mistake came in the fourth, when Mike Moustakas turned on a 2-1 pitch and sent a two-run homer screaming into the right-field fountains.

But that was also just about the only offense the Royals could muster, one night after they piled up 10 runs to back a near-no-hit performance by Jakob Junis and their bullpen.

Eric Skoglund (0-1) was hardly as efficient or effective. The lanky left-hander allowed five runs, six hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings. He was clearly rusty from a nearly monthlong layoff caused by rainouts and weather problems, hitting the first batter he faced and three in all.

''I felt better as the game went on,'' he said. ''I made some mistake pitches early in the game that cost us, but as the game went on I felt better and the confidence is there.''

As for not pitching in a game since an exhibition March 17?

''It is what it is, man. It's baseball. It's part of it,'' Skoglund said. ''I'll just go out there and do everything I can to help the team win.''

Royals pitchers have plunked six Seattle hitters through the first two games of the series.

''(Skoglund) looked like he was rusty but our guys were putting good swings on him,'' Servais said. ''Up and down the lineup, we created a lot of traffic.''

Jean Segura had three hits and drove in two runs, and Mitch Haniger and Kyle Seager also had two RBIs as the Mariners put together a pair of three-run innings to pull away.

''The whole offense was really good tonight,'' Hernandez said.

The Royals tried to rally in the sixth, when they loaded the bases against Dan Altavilla. But the Mariners' reliever struck out Paulo Orlando to preserve their 8-3 advantage, and James Pazos and closer Edwin Diaz wrapped up the last couple frames in tidy fashion.

''There are a lot of things we can build on off of tonight,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said.

STATS AND STREAKS

Diaz struck out the side in the ninth on 13 pitches. ... The Mariners' Mike Marjama had a leadoff double in the fourth, giving him five extra-base hits among his six career hits. ... Heredia has homered twice in the last three games. ... The Royals have allowed no runs in their three wins and 38 runs in their six losses. ... Royals 2B Whit Merrifield had two hits, extending his home on-base streak to 19 games. ... Moustakas has homered in six of his last nine games against Seattle.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: OF Ben Gamel (strained right oblique) is expected back Friday, Servais said. DH Nelson Cruz (sprained right ankle) and C Mike Zunino (strained left oblique) are close behind. ... 1B Ryon Healy (sprained right ankle) was out of his walking boot Tuesday. He went on the DL the previous day, when he returned to Seattle to have his ankle examined.

Royals: OF Alex Gordon (torn left hip labrum) was placed on the DL prior to the game. Yost was optimistic the injury will not require surgery and that Gordon, a three-time All-Star, would be back in 10 days to two weeks. OF Abraham Almonte was recalled to take his place.

UP NEXT

Royals LHP Danny Duffy tries to bounce back from two poor starts when he takes the hill for the series finale Wednesday afternoon. He will face Mariners LHP James Paxton, who is also 0-2 this season.

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  • W: F. Hernandez (2-1)L: E. Skoglund (0-1)
  • HR: SEA - G. Heredia (2), KC - M. Moustakas (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Gordon CF42100014.342.390.421.8117.5
J. Segura SS52320002.368.415.526.94110.0
R. Cano 2B21110201.414.541.5521.0927.0
M. Haniger RF40120014.290.410.516.9262.5
K. Seager 3B50120002.171.237.314.5514.0
G. Heredia LF41111103.231.353.6921.0457.0
D. Vogelbach DH41000021.238.333.286.6191.0
M. Marjama C40100001.158.158.316.4741.0
T. Motter 1B21000201.167.375.167.5423.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Jay LF41100001.273.385.364.7483.0
    W. Merrifield 2B41200002.278.316.333.6494.0
    M. Moustakas 3B41231001.306.342.583.9259.0
    C. Cuthbert 1B30000002.174.333.217.5511.0
    L. Duda DH30000111.200.259.440.6990.5
    J. Soler RF30000121.238.393.286.6790.0
    P. Orlando CF40100023.190.190.238.4290.0
    A. Escobar SS40100011.188.235.313.5481.5
    D. Butera C30000021.200.261.300.561-1.0
    a- A. Almonte PH10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
    • a-struck out for Butera in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Segura (4), R. Cano (4), K. Seager (2), M. Marjama (3)
    • 3B - J. Segura
    • HR - G. Heredia (2)
    • SF - M. Haniger
    • RBI - J. Segura 2 (4), R. Cano (4), M. Haniger 2 (8), K. Seager 2 (6), G. Heredia (4)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Segura 2 (2), R. Cano, K. Seager 2 (5)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Jay, W. Merrifield (2), A. Escobar (2)
    • HR - M. Moustakas (2)
    • RBI - M. Moustakas 3 (8)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - D. Gordon 2 (5)
    • CS - M. Marjama
    FIELDING
    • E - M. Moustakas (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    F. Hernandez (W, 2-1)5.26331316.601.4713.5
    D. Altavilla1.11001201.801.002.0
    J. Pazos1.00000106.002.003.5
    E. Diaz1.00000300.000.004.5
    PITCHERSIP
    F. Hernandez (W, 2-1)5.2
    D. Altavilla1.1
    J. Pazos1.0
    E. Diaz1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    E. Skoglund (L, 0-1)4.26552119.641.71-5.5
    B. Boyer1.013321015.752.50-2.5
    B. Flynn2.12000105.791.294.5
    B. Smith1.00001109.004.002.5
    PITCHERSIP
    E. Skoglund (L, 0-1)4.2
    B. Boyer1.0
    B. Flynn2.1
    B. Smith1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - J. Pazos
    • Pitches-Strikes - F. Hernandez 91-63, D. Altavilla 32-19, J. Pazos 11-6, E. Diaz 13-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Hernandez 6-7, D. Altavilla 1-1, J. Pazos 1-1
    • Batters Faced - F. Hernandez 23, D. Altavilla 6, J. Pazos 4, E. Diaz 3
    PITCHING
    • IBB - B. Boyer
    • HBP - E. Skoglund 3 (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - E. Skoglund 84-52, B. Boyer 21-11, B. Flynn 24-18, B. Smith 17-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Skoglund 6-7, B. Boyer 1-1, B. Flynn 2-3
    • Batters Faced - E. Skoglund 25, B. Boyer 6, B. Flynn 8, B. Smith 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    SEA5-4
    130013000890
    KC3-6
    000201000371
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Gordon CF42100014.342.390.421.8117.5
    J. Segura SS52320002.368.415.526.94110.0
    R. Cano 2B21110201.414.541.5521.0927.0
    M. Haniger RF40120014.290.410.516.9262.5
    K. Seager 3B50120002.171.237.314.5514.0
    G. Heredia LF41111103.231.353.6921.0457.0
    D. Vogelbach DH41000021.238.333.286.6191.0
    M. Marjama C40100001.158.158.316.4741.0
    T. Motter 1B21000201.167.375.167.5423.0
    Total3489815419-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Jay LF41100001.273.385.364.7483.0
      W. Merrifield 2B41200002.278.316.333.6494.0
      M. Moustakas 3B41231001.306.342.583.9259.0
      C. Cuthbert 1B30000002.174.333.217.5511.0
      L. Duda DH30000111.200.259.440.6990.5
      J. Soler RF30000121.238.393.286.6790.0
      P. Orlando CF40100023.190.190.238.4290.0
      A. Escobar SS40100011.188.235.313.5481.5
      D. Butera C30000021.200.261.300.561-1.0
      a- A. Almonte PH10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
      Total3337312913-----
      • a-struck out for Butera in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Segura (4), R. Cano (4), K. Seager (2), M. Marjama (3)
      • 3B - J. Segura
      • HR - G. Heredia (2)
      • SF - M. Haniger
      • RBI - J. Segura 2 (4), R. Cano (4), M. Haniger 2 (8), K. Seager 2 (6), G. Heredia (4)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Segura 2 (2), R. Cano, K. Seager 2 (5)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Jay, W. Merrifield (2), A. Escobar (2)
      • HR - M. Moustakas (2)
      • RBI - M. Moustakas 3 (8)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - D. Gordon 2 (5)
      • CS - M. Marjama
      FIELDING
      • E - M. Moustakas (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Hernandez (W, 2-1)5.26331316.601.4713.5
      D. Altavilla1.11001201.801.002.0
      J. Pazos1.00000106.002.003.5
      E. Diaz1.00000300.000.004.5
      Total9.0733291---
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Hernandez (W, 2-1)5.2
      D. Altavilla1.1
      J. Pazos1.0
      E. Diaz1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Skoglund (L, 0-1)4.26552119.641.71-5.5
      B. Boyer1.013321015.752.50-2.5
      B. Flynn2.12000105.791.294.5
      B. Smith1.00001109.004.002.5
      Total9.0988541---
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Skoglund (L, 0-1)4.2
      B. Boyer1.0
      B. Flynn2.1
      B. Smith1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Pazos
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Hernandez 91-63, D. Altavilla 32-19, J. Pazos 11-6, E. Diaz 13-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Hernandez 6-7, D. Altavilla 1-1, J. Pazos 1-1
      • Batters Faced - F. Hernandez 23, D. Altavilla 6, J. Pazos 4, E. Diaz 3
      PITCHING
      • IBB - B. Boyer
      • HBP - E. Skoglund 3 (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Skoglund 84-52, B. Boyer 21-11, B. Flynn 24-18, B. Smith 17-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Skoglund 6-7, B. Boyer 1-1, B. Flynn 2-3
      • Batters Faced - E. Skoglund 25, B. Boyer 6, B. Flynn 8, B. Smith 4
      • 6TH INNING
        Moustakas singled to shallow center, Jay scored83
        Seager doubled to left center, Segura and Cano scored82
        Haniger hit sacrifice fly to center, Motter scored62
      • 5TH INNING
        Heredia homered to left52
      • 4TH INNING
        Moustakas homered to right center, Merrifield scored42
      • 2ND INNING
        Cano doubled to deep center, Segura scored40
        Segura tripled to left center, Vogelbach and Gordon scored30
      • 1ST INNING
        Haniger singled to shallow right center, Gordon scored, Cano to second10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Burch Smith relieved Brian Flynn
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Haniger struck out looking
        • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Seager flied out to center
        • G. Heredia: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Heredia walked
        • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Vogelbach flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Edwin Diaz relieved James Pazos
        • P. Orlando: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Orlando struck out swinging
        • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • Abraham Almonte hit for Drew Butera
        • A. Almonte: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Almonte struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • B. Flynn Pitching:
        • D. Gordon: Strike swinging, Gordon reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Segura reached on fielder's choice to third, Gordon out at second
        • R. Cano: Ball, Strike swinging, Cano grounded into double play shortstop to first, Segura out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • James Pazos relieved Dan Altavilla
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Moustakas lined out to right
        • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Cuthbert hit by pitch
        • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Duda struck out looking
        • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Soler grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • B. Flynn Pitching:
        • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Vogelbach struck out swinging
        • M. Marjama: Foul, Ball, Marjama flied out to right
        • T. Motter: Strike looking, Motter flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Altavilla Pitching:
        • A. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Escobar doubled to deep center
        • D. Butera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Butera struck out swinging
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Foul, Jay grounded out to shortstop
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Merrifield lined out to right
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • B. Boyer Pitching:
        • T. Motter: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Motter walked
        • D. Gordon: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
        • J. Segura: Segura doubled to left, Motter to third
        • R. Cano: Cano intentionally walked
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Strike looking, Haniger hit sacrifice fly to center, Motter scored
        • Brian Flynn relieved Blaine Boyer
        • K. Seager: Seager doubled to left center, Segura and Cano scored
        • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Heredia flied out to left
        • Middle of the 6th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Hernandez Pitching:
        • J. Jay: Ball, Foul, Jay doubled to deep right
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield grounded out to shortstop, Jay to third
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Moustakas singled to shallow center, Jay scored
        • C. Cuthbert: Cuthbert flied out to center
        • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Duda walked, Moustakas to second
        • Dan Altavilla relieved Felix Hernandez
        • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soler walked, Moustakas to third, Duda to second
        • P. Orlando: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Orlando struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • E. Skoglund Pitching:
        • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Seager grounded out to second
        • G. Heredia: Foul, Foul, Heredia homered to left
        • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Vogelbach grounded out to second
        • Blaine Boyer relieved Eric Skoglund
        • M. Marjama: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Marjama safe at first on 3rd baseman Moustakas fielding error
        • T. Motter: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Marjama caught stealing, catcher to second
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • F. Hernandez Pitching:
        • P. Orlando: Strike looking, Orlando reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • A. Escobar: Foul, Escobar grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Orlando out at second
        • D. Butera: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Butera struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • E. Skoglund Pitching:
        • M. Marjama: Marjama doubled to deep right
        • T. Motter: Motter grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon flied out to left
        • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Segura reached on an infield single to shortstop, Marjama to third
        • R. Cano: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cano hit by pitch, Segura to second
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Haniger grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Hernandez Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield singled to center
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Foul, Ball, Moustakas homered to right center, Merrifield scored
        • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cuthbert grounded out to shortstop
        • L. Duda: Ball, Duda flied out to left
        • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • E. Skoglund Pitching:
        • K. Seager: Strike looking, Seager flied out to left
        • G. Heredia: Ball, Ball, Heredia flied out to deep right
        • D. Vogelbach: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Vogelbach struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Hernandez Pitching:
        • A. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Escobar flied out to center
        • D. Butera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Butera flied out to right
        • J. Jay: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Jay flied out to deep right
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • E. Skoglund Pitching:
        • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Vogelbach hit by pitch
        • M. Marjama: Foul, Ball, Marjama flied out to center
        • T. Motter: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Motter walked, Vogelbach to second
        • D. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Gordon reached on fielder's choice to second, Vogelbach to third, Motter out at second
        • J. Segura: Strike swinging, Ball, Segura tripled to left center, Vogelbach and Gordon scored
        • R. Cano: Cano doubled to deep center, Segura scored
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Haniger grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Hernandez Pitching:
        • L. Duda: Duda flied out to shallow left
        • J. Soler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Soler struck out looking
        • P. Orlando: Strike looking, Strike looking, Orlando grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • E. Skoglund Pitching:
        • D. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gordon hit by pitch
        • J. Segura: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Gordon stole second, Foul, Foul, Segura fouled out to catcher
        • R. Cano: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gordon stole third, Strike looking, Ball, Cano walked
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Strike looking, Haniger singled to shallow right center, Gordon scored, Cano to second
        • K. Seager: Seager fouled out to third
        • G. Heredia: Ball, Heredia flied out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • F. Hernandez Pitching:
        • J. Jay: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Jay grounded out to second
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Merrifield doubled to left
        • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Moustakas flied out to center, Merrifield to third
        • C. Cuthbert: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Cuthbert grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)