Seager's homer in 8th sends Mariners past Royals 4-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Scott Servais reclined in a chair in the visiting clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium, a big smile on the Seattle manager's face, and spoke before the first reporter could ask a question.

''Long road trip, happy road trip,'' he said. ''Cold road trip.''

Most of it.

The weather finally turned Wednesday and gave Seattle a warm, sun-splashed afternoon in Kansas City, and Servais' club made sure to relish the spring-like temperatures. Kyle Seager hit a go-ahead homer with two outs in the eighth inning, and the Mariners held on to beat the Royals 4-2 to wrap up a winning seven-game journey that covered 10 days and about 5,200 miles.

Seattle went 4-3 on its visits to San Francisco, Minnesota and Kansas City.

''I thought we played really good baseball, and getting these wins the past two games really sets the pace for us going home,'' said James Paxton, who matched a career-best with 10 strikeouts over six sharp innings before turning the game over to the Seattle bullpen.

Nick Vincent (1-0) worked a perfect seventh, and Juan Nicasio retired three in a row after putting runners on the corners, before closer Edwin Diaz entered for the ninth.

Diaz worked around shortstop Jean Segura's second error of the game to earn his fourth save.

''Our guys up and down the lineup, but probably the top of the lineup, have been outstanding, really driving the train for us,'' Servais said. ''I like where we're at.''

The Royals' Danny Duffy and Brad Keller turned a 2-2 game over to reliever Justin Grimm (0-1), and he quickly got the first two outs in the eighth. But after walking Mitch Haniger, the reliever hung a 1-1 pitch that Seager popped into the Royals' bullpen in right field.

Seager also drove in a run with sacrifice fly in the first to provide most of Seattle's offense.

''After the first inning really good, but you don't get to subtract any inning from any outing,'' Duffy said. ''When I take the ball, I expect the bullpen not to be used much, and that hasn't been the case. I was off in the first inning. There was no excuse for that.''

What turned into a pitchers' duel Wednesday looked as if it'd be a high-scoring affair early.

Duffy gave up a single, walked three, withstood an ugly error by his catcher and at one point loaded the bases, only to escape the inning having surrendered just two runs.

Paxton countered by walking his first batter and allowing a single, but came through unscathed when Jon Jay was thrown out trying to steal third and Cheslor Cuthbert grounded out to end the inning.

The Royals eventually knotted the game at 2 in the fourth on Paulo Orlando's two-out double.

Duffy's pitch count did him in, and the left-hander was lifted after getting the first out in the fifth inning. He allowed four hits and three walks but also struck out seven.

Paxton scattered six hits and a walk while keeping the Royals at bay.

''Paxton did a great job of bearing down when we got runners in scoring position. We were 1-for-11,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''Not real productive in that phase of our game today.''

STATS AND STREAKS

The Mariners' Dee Gordon extended his hit streak to 16 games dating to last season. ... Seager had four go-ahead homers in the eighth inning or later last season. ... The Royals fell to 3-7, their worst start through 10 games since 2012. They've allowed 42 runs in their seven losses and no runs in their three wins. ... The Royals' Mike Moustakas went 2 for 4, his fourth straight multi-hit game.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: DH Nelson Cruz (sprained ankle) did some running before the game. Servais said he hopes Cruz will be able to return to the lineup this weekend.

Royals: RHP Nate Karns (elbow inflammation) continues to throw side sessions, and Yost said the last hurdle to his return is some fluid on the outside of his elbow dissipating. Yost says that Karns will likely head to the bullpen when he returns.

UP NEXT

Mariners: After a day off, RHP Mike Leake takes the mound Friday night when the Mariners open a seven-game homestand with three games against the Oakland Athletics.

Royals: RHP Ian Kennedy tries to build on a solid start to his season when the Royals begin a four-game series with the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium.

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  • W: N. Vincent (1-0)L: J. Grimm (0-1)S: E. Diaz (4)
  • HR: SEA - K. Seager (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Gordon CF41100001.333.378.405.7832.0
J. Segura SS40000022.333.378.476.854-1.0
R. Cano DH-2B31100120.406.537.5311.0682.0
M. Haniger RF21000211.273.419.485.9032.5
K. Seager 3B31231000.211.262.421.6839.0
G. Heredia LF30100100.250.381.6251.0062.0
T. Motter 1B20000022.125.300.125.425-1.0
a- D. Vogelbach PH-1B20000013.217.308.261.569-0.5
A. Romine 2B-1B40000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
D. Freitas C40100000.188.316.313.6282.0
  • a-grounded into a double play for Motter in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Jay LF40000131.243.364.324.688-1.5
W. Merrifield 2B30100120.282.333.333.6671.0
M. Moustakas DH41200002.325.357.575.9323.0
C. Cuthbert 3B41200013.222.353.259.6122.5
L. Duda 1B30000025.179.258.393.6510.0
J. Soler RF40100015.240.375.280.6550.5
P. Orlando CF40120023.200.200.280.4803.0
A. Escobar SS40000013.167.211.278.488-0.5
C. Gallagher C30000000.071.071.143.2140.0
a- A. Almonte PH10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Gallagher in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Freitas (2)
  • HR - K. Seager (2)
  • SF - K. Seager
  • RBI - K. Seager 3 (9)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Seager 2 (7)
BATTING
  • 2B - P. Orlando (2)
  • RBI - P. Orlando 2 (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - P. Orlando 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. Jay (2)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Segura 2 (3)
FIELDING
  • E - C. Gallagher
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Paxton6.062211005.741.4017.0
N. Vincent (W, 1-0)1.00000004.151.6210.0
J. Nicasio (H, 5)1.01001104.761.241.5
E. Diaz (S, 4)1.00000100.000.0010.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Paxton6.0
N. Vincent (W, 1-0)1.0
J. Nicasio (H, 5)1.0
E. Diaz (S, 4)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Duffy5.14213705.401.4710.5
B. Keller1.21000000.000.602.0
J. Grimm (L, 0-1)1.01221115.060.94-5.5
T. Hill1.00000202.080.234.0
PITCHERSIP
D. Duffy5.1
B. Keller1.2
J. Grimm (L, 0-1)1.0
T. Hill1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Paxton
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 102-65, N. Vincent 6-4, J. Nicasio 21-11, E. Diaz 17-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 2-5, N. Vincent 2-1, J. Nicasio 1-1, E. Diaz 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 25, N. Vincent 3, J. Nicasio 5, E. Diaz 4
PITCHING
  • WP - D. Duffy (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 101-61, B. Keller 19-13, J. Grimm 19-12, T. Hill 9-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 2-7, B. Keller 3-1, T. Hill 1-0
  • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 23, B. Keller 5, J. Grimm 5, T. Hill 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Gordon CF41100001.333.378.405.7832.0
J. Segura SS40000022.333.378.476.854-1.0
R. Cano DH-2B31100120.406.537.5311.0682.0
M. Haniger RF21000211.273.419.485.9032.5
K. Seager 3B31231000.211.262.421.6839.0
G. Heredia LF30100100.250.381.6251.0062.0
T. Motter 1B20000022.125.300.125.425-1.0
a- D. Vogelbach PH-1B20000013.217.308.261.569-0.5
A. Romine 2B-1B40000020.000.000.000.000-1.0
D. Freitas C40100000.188.316.313.6282.0
Total3146314109-----
HITTERSAB
D. Gordon CF4
J. Segura SS4
R. Cano DH-2B3
M. Haniger RF2
K. Seager 3B3
G. Heredia LF3
T. Motter 1B2
a- D. Vogelbach PH-1B2
A. Romine 2B-1B4
D. Freitas C4
Total31
  • a-grounded into a double play for Motter in the 6th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Jay LF40000131.243.364.324.688-1.5
W. Merrifield 2B30100120.282.333.333.6671.0
M. Moustakas DH41200002.325.357.575.9323.0
C. Cuthbert 3B41200013.222.353.259.6122.5
L. Duda 1B30000025.179.258.393.6510.0
J. Soler RF40100015.240.375.280.6550.5
P. Orlando CF40120023.200.200.280.4803.0
A. Escobar SS40000013.167.211.278.488-0.5
C. Gallagher C30000000.071.071.143.2140.0
a- A. Almonte PH10000001.000.000.000.0000.0
Total34272021223-----
  • a-grounded out for Gallagher in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - D. Freitas (2)
  • HR - K. Seager (2)
  • SF - K. Seager
  • RBI - K. Seager 3 (9)
  • 2-Out RBI - K. Seager 2 (7)
BATTING
  • 2B - P. Orlando (2)
  • RBI - P. Orlando 2 (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - P. Orlando 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - J. Jay (2)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Segura 2 (3)
FIELDING
  • E - C. Gallagher
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Paxton6.062211005.741.4017.0
N. Vincent (W, 1-0)1.00000004.151.6210.0
J. Nicasio (H, 5)1.01001104.761.241.5
E. Diaz (S, 4)1.00000100.000.0010.5
Total9.07222120---
PITCHERSIP
J. Paxton6.0
N. Vincent (W, 1-0)1.0
J. Nicasio (H, 5)1.0
E. Diaz (S, 4)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Duffy5.14213705.401.4710.5
B. Keller1.21000000.000.602.0
J. Grimm (L, 0-1)1.01221115.060.94-5.5
T. Hill1.00000202.080.234.0
Total9.06434101---
PITCHERSIP
D. Duffy5.1
B. Keller1.2
J. Grimm (L, 0-1)1.0
T. Hill1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Paxton
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Paxton 102-65, N. Vincent 6-4, J. Nicasio 21-11, E. Diaz 17-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Paxton 2-5, N. Vincent 2-1, J. Nicasio 1-1, E. Diaz 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Paxton 25, N. Vincent 3, J. Nicasio 5, E. Diaz 4
PITCHING
  • WP - D. Duffy (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 101-61, B. Keller 19-13, J. Grimm 19-12, T. Hill 9-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 2-7, B. Keller 3-1, T. Hill 1-0
  • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 23, B. Keller 5, J. Grimm 5, T. Hill 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Seager homered to right, Haniger scored42
  • 4TH INNING
    Orlando doubled to deep right, Moustakas and Cuthbert scored22
  • 1ST INNING
    Cano scored, Haniger to second on wild pitch20
    Seager hit sacrifice fly to right, Gordon scored, Cano to third10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Tim Hill relieved Justin Grimm
    • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Vogelbach struck out looking
    • A. Romine: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
    • D. Freitas: Ball, Freitas grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Edwin Diaz pitching
    • P. Orlando: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Orlando safe at first on shortstop Segura fielding error
    • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Escobar flied out to right
    • Abraham Almonte hit for Cam Gallagher
    • A. Almonte: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Almonte grounded out to second, Orlando to second
    • J. Jay: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Jay struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Justin Grimm relieved Brad Keller
    • J. Segura: Ball, Foul, Foul, Segura fouled out to catcher
    • R. Cano: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cano struck out swinging
    • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Haniger walked
    • K. Seager: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Seager homered to right, Haniger scored
    • G. Heredia: Ball, Heredia popped out to second
    • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Juan Nicasio relieved Nick Vincent
    • W. Merrifield: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Merrifield walked
    • M. Moustakas: Foul, Ball, Moustakas singled to right, Merrifield to third
    • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Cuthbert struck out looking
    • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Duda fouled out to third
    • J. Soler: Foul, Ball, Soler grounded into fielder's choice to third, Moustakas out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • B. Keller Pitching:
    • A. Romine: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Romine grounded out to second
    • D. Freitas: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Freitas fouled out to first
    • D. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Nick Vincent relieved James Paxton
    • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar grounded out to third
    • C. Gallagher: Ball, Gallagher popped out to shortstop
    • J. Jay: Strike looking, Jay grounded out to first
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • D. Duffy Pitching:
    • R. Cano: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Cano singled to shallow right center
    • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Haniger reached on fielder's choice to third, Cano out at second
    • K. Seager: Seager singled to center, Haniger to second
    • Brad Keller relieved Danny Duffy
    • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Ball, Heredia reached on an infield single to third, Haniger to third, Seager to second
    • T. Motter: Motter grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Heredia out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Daniel Vogelbach hit for Taylor Motter
    • M. Moustakas: Moustakas flied out to left
    • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cuthbert singled to right
    • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
    • J. Soler: Strike looking, Soler reached on an infield single to shortstop, Cuthbert to third on shortstop Segura fielding error
    • P. Orlando: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Orlando struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 5TH INNING
    • D. Duffy Pitching:
    • D. Freitas: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Freitas lined out to left
    • D. Gordon: Gordon flied out to right
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Segura struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Paxton Pitching:
    • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Gallagher flied out to left
    • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Jay struck out looking
    • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • D. Duffy Pitching:
    • G. Heredia: Heredia fouled out to first
    • T. Motter: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Motter struck out swinging
    • A. Romine: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Paxton Pitching:
    • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Moustakas reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • C. Cuthbert: Foul, Foul, Ball, Cuthbert singled to left, Moustakas to second
    • L. Duda: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
    • J. Soler: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
    • P. Orlando: Foul, Orlando doubled to deep right, Moustakas and Cuthbert scored
    • A. Escobar: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • D. Duffy Pitching:
    • R. Cano: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cano struck out swinging
    • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
    • K. Seager: Seager grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Paxton Pitching:
    • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gallagher flied out to right
    • J. Jay: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Jay struck out swinging
    • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • D. Duffy Pitching:
    • A. Romine: Ball, Ball, Romine popped out to shortstop
    • D. Freitas: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Freitas doubled to deep right
    • D. Gordon: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gordon lined out to shortstop
    • J. Segura: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Segura struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Paxton Pitching:
    • L. Duda: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Duda hit by pitch
    • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Soler flied out to deep center
    • P. Orlando: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Orlando struck out swinging
    • A. Escobar: Escobar grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Duda out at second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • D. Duffy Pitching:
    • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Gordon singled to left
    • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Segura fouled out to third
    • R. Cano: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cano walked, Gordon to second
    • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Haniger walked, Gordon to third, Cano to second
    • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Foul on catcher Gallagher dropped ball error, Foul, Foul, Seager hit sacrifice fly to right, Gordon scored, Cano to third
    • G. Heredia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Cano scored, Haniger to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Ball, Heredia walked
    • T. Motter: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Motter struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • J. Paxton Pitching:
    • J. Jay: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jay walked
    • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield singled to left, Jay to second
    • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Moustakas popped out to shortstop
    • C. Cuthbert: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Jay caught stealing, catcher to third Merrifield to second, Cuthbert grounded out to second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)