Healy homers to help Mariners beat Royals 6-4

SEATTLE (AP) It was ''Turn Ahead the Clock'' night at Safeco Field, including back-to-the future sleeveless uniforms with shirt tails out and some shiny silver shoes and helmets.

The Seattle Mariners feel like their future is now, earning a season-best sixth consecutive victory by beating the Kansas City Royals 6-4 on Saturday night.

Ryon Healy had four hits, including a home run and three RBIs. Felix Hernandez (8-6) earned the win despite back stiffness so severe that it was difficult for him to bend over.

''It was real bad,'' Hernandez said. ''I put a heat pad on it between innings and I couldn't sit (in the dugout). I was standing up the whole game.''

The stiffness showed in the first inning when Hernandez gave up four consecutive hits, including a three-run homer to Mike Moustakas. But Hernandez managed to pitch four scoreless innings afterward.

Did he consider skipping his start?

''Come on, man,'' he said. ''I had to go out there. But the ump wouldn't let me wear my hat backwards (on the uniform night). ''He said it was too much of a distraction with my jersey out and the earrings. I said. `Look, this is the future.' `'

Edwin Diaz pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 31st save of the season.

Jason Hammels (2-10) lost his fifth straight, allowing all six runs on 13 hits in six innings.

''Mechanically, the first few innings I was a mess,'' Hammels said. ''That's a tough lineup. I felt like I was throwing batting practice today.''

So did Hernandez in the first inning, but Seattle manager Scott Servais said they were just hoping to get five innings out of him.

''The ball was up in the first because he wasn't extending due to the tightness in his back,'' Servais said. ''He wasn't finishing his pitches, but he got through it. The key was keeping us in the game, which he did, and we took advantage of it.''

The Mariners (53-31) are 22 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2003 season. They have gone 16 consecutive seasons without a playoff appearance, the longest dry spell in professional sports.

''We're just living the dream now,'' Hernandez said. ''I love these guys. It's the best team we've had in my 14 years. It's fun.''

Kansas City manager Ned Yost said he knew Hernandez would get better as the game progressed.

''Good pitchers, if you're going to get them, you better get them early because they're going to settle in,'' Yost said. ''Hernandez settled in in the second.''

The Mariners quickly got back in it. Mitch Haniger made it 3-1 in the bottom of the first when he doubled to the gap in left-center to score Jean Segura, who singled.

The Mariners took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the second. Healy homered to left-center to tie it at 3 and Mike Zunino hit a sacrifice fly.

The Mariners added two more runs on five hits in the third inning to take a 6-3 lead.

It was another impressive win for the Mariners on a night of uniforms that were supposed to represent the year 2027. Dee Gordon wore his hat backward and Nelson Cruz showed off his giant biceps in the sleeveless attire.

''Dee put so much effort into it, so it was his night,''' Healy said. ''But Nelson and those arms. My goodness. That's shear intimidation when he doesn't wear sleeves.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: Yost said RHP Ian Kennedy was feeling better Saturday after experiencing tightness on his left side when he left the game Friday after five innings. Yost didn't day whether Kennedy would make his next scheduled start . INF Chester Cuthbert (lower back strain) went 0 for 2 with a walk and a run scored in his first rehab assignment game at Triple-A Omaha on Friday night. Cuthbert appeared in 30 games and was hitting .194 before the injury on May 16.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Brad Keller (2-2, 2.25) will make his sixth start of the year Sunday. Keller is coming off the best start of his rookie season when he pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed only two hits in a 2-0 victory over the Angels Monday.

Mariners: LHP James Paxton (7-2, 3.65) will make his 18th start of the season Sunday. Paxton leads the team in strikeouts this season with 134 in 103 2/3 innings. He has six double-digit strikeout games in 2018 and his 11.6 strikeouts per nine innings are fourth-best in the AL.

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  • W: F. Hernandez (8-6)L: J. Hammel (2-10)S: E. Diaz (31)
  • HR: KC - M. Moustakas (16), SEA - R. Healy (16)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B51300000.289.362.405.7664.0
R. Herrera DH41110011.237.246.356.6022.5
M. Moustakas 3B41231111.261.317.477.7949.5
S. Perez C40100024.212.253.386.6390.0
L. Duda 1B40000002.243.310.388.6980.0
J. Bonifacio RF40200001.286.286.286.5712.0
A. Gordon LF30000122.252.333.348.6810.0
A. Escobar CF40000003.195.248.275.5230.0
A. Mondesi SS41000012.200.222.371.5940.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Gordon 2B50000011.281.302.345.648-0.5
    J. Segura SS41100010.336.364.477.8411.5
    M. Haniger CF-RF41310010.275.358.502.8595.5
    N. Cruz DH41200001.276.360.568.9283.0
    K. Seager 3B40000015.228.281.429.710-0.5
    D. Span LF41210010.259.352.409.7614.5
    G. Heredia CF00000000.234.335.322.6570.0
    R. Healy 1B41431000.251.284.471.75411.0
    B. Gamel RF-LF41200002.299.371.414.7855.0
    M. Zunino C30010015.191.251.412.6640.5
      BATTING
      • HR - M. Moustakas (16)
      • SF - R. Herrera
      • RBI - R. Herrera (6), M. Moustakas 3 (53)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Haniger (15), D. Span (12)
      • 3B - B. Gamel (3)
      • HR - R. Healy (16)
      • SF - M. Zunino
      • RBI - M. Haniger (62), D. Span (39), R. Healy 3 (40), M. Zunino (29)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Moustakas-Merrifield-Duda)
      FIELDING
      • E - R. Healy (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Hammel (L, 2-10)6.013660415.561.54-4.0
      H. Fillmyer2.01000203.001.006.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Hammel (L, 2-10)6.0
      H. Fillmyer2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Hernandez (W, 8-6)5.06331515.111.3614.5
      J. Pazos (H, 13)1.01000101.840.992.5
      J. Nicasio (H, 17)1.01100106.001.302.5
      A. Colome (H, 10)1.01001004.721.371.0
      E. Diaz (S, 31)1.00000002.510.8810.0
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Hernandez (W, 8-6)5.0
      J. Pazos (H, 13)1.0
      J. Nicasio (H, 17)1.0
      A. Colome (H, 10)1.0
      E. Diaz (S, 31)1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - H. Fillmyer
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 94-70, H. Fillmyer 23-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 4-9, H. Fillmyer 3-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 30, H. Fillmyer 7
      PITCHING
      • WP - A. Colome (6)
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Hernandez 81-55, J. Pazos 9-8, J. Nicasio 20-14, A. Colome 20-12, E. Diaz 11-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Hernandez 6-4, J. Pazos 2-0, J. Nicasio 2-1, A. Colome 2-1, E. Diaz 1-2
      • Batters Faced - F. Hernandez 22, J. Pazos 4, J. Nicasio 5, A. Colome 5, E. Diaz 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      KC25-57
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      W. Merrifield 2B51300000.289.362.405.7664.0
      R. Herrera DH41110011.237.246.356.6022.5
      M. Moustakas 3B41231111.261.317.477.7949.5
      S. Perez C40100024.212.253.386.6390.0
      L. Duda 1B40000002.243.310.388.6980.0
      J. Bonifacio RF40200001.286.286.286.5712.0
      A. Gordon LF30000122.252.333.348.6810.0
      A. Escobar CF40000003.195.248.275.5230.0
      A. Mondesi SS41000012.200.222.371.5940.5
      Total3649412716-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        D. Gordon 2B50000011.281.302.345.648-0.5
        J. Segura SS41100010.336.364.477.8411.5
        M. Haniger CF-RF41310010.275.358.502.8595.5
        N. Cruz DH41200001.276.360.568.9283.0
        K. Seager 3B40000015.228.281.429.710-0.5
        D. Span LF41210010.259.352.409.7614.5
        G. Heredia CF00000000.234.335.322.6570.0
        R. Healy 1B41431000.251.284.471.75411.0
        B. Gamel RF-LF41200002.299.371.414.7855.0
        M. Zunino C30010015.191.251.412.6640.5
        Total36614610614-----
        HITTERSAB
        D. Gordon 2B5
        J. Segura SS4
        M. Haniger CF-RF4
        N. Cruz DH4
        K. Seager 3B4
        D. Span LF4
        G. Heredia CF0
        R. Healy 1B4
        B. Gamel RF-LF4
        M. Zunino C3
        Total36
          BATTING
          • HR - M. Moustakas (16)
          • SF - R. Herrera
          • RBI - R. Herrera (6), M. Moustakas 3 (53)
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Haniger (15), D. Span (12)
          • 3B - B. Gamel (3)
          • HR - R. Healy (16)
          • SF - M. Zunino
          • RBI - M. Haniger (62), D. Span (39), R. Healy 3 (40), M. Zunino (29)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Moustakas-Merrifield-Duda)
          FIELDING
          • E - R. Healy (5)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Hammel (L, 2-10)6.013660415.561.54-4.0
          H. Fillmyer2.01000203.001.006.0
          Total8.01466061---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Hammel (L, 2-10)6.0
          H. Fillmyer2.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          F. Hernandez (W, 8-6)5.06331515.111.3614.5
          J. Pazos (H, 13)1.01000101.840.992.5
          J. Nicasio (H, 17)1.01100106.001.302.5
          A. Colome (H, 10)1.01001004.721.371.0
          E. Diaz (S, 31)1.00000002.510.8810.0
          Total9.0943271---
          PITCHERSIP
          F. Hernandez (W, 8-6)5.0
          J. Pazos (H, 13)1.0
          J. Nicasio (H, 17)1.0
          A. Colome (H, 10)1.0
          E. Diaz (S, 31)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - H. Fillmyer
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 94-70, H. Fillmyer 23-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 4-9, H. Fillmyer 3-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 30, H. Fillmyer 7
          PITCHING
          • WP - A. Colome (6)
          • Pitches-Strikes - F. Hernandez 81-55, J. Pazos 9-8, J. Nicasio 20-14, A. Colome 20-12, E. Diaz 11-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Hernandez 6-4, J. Pazos 2-0, J. Nicasio 2-1, A. Colome 2-1, E. Diaz 1-2
          • Batters Faced - F. Hernandez 22, J. Pazos 4, J. Nicasio 5, A. Colome 5, E. Diaz 3
          • 7TH INNING
            Herrera hit sacrifice fly to left, Mondesi scored46
          • 3RD INNING
            Healy singled to center, Cruz scored36
            Span doubled to deep right center, Haniger scored, Cruz to third35
          • 2ND INNING
            Zunino hit sacrifice fly to center, Gamel scored34
            Healy homered to left center, Span scored33
          • 1ST INNING
            Haniger doubled to left center, Segura scored31
            Moustakas homered to right, Merrifield and Herrera scored30
          • 9TH INNING
            • Edwin Diaz relieved Alex Colome
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Merrifield lined out to right
            • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Herrera grounded out to third
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Moustakas flied out to left
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Alex Colome relieved Juan Nicasio
            • Guillermo Heredia in center field
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Duda grounded out to first
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike swinging, Bonifacio singled to left
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Bonifacio to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gordon walked
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Escobar flied out to center
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi grounded into fielder's choice to second, Gordon out at second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
            • R. Healy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Healy singled to center
            • B. Gamel: Ball, Gamel lined out to left
            • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Healy to second on wild pitch
            • D. Gordon: Ball, Gordon grounded out to second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Juan Nicasio relieved James Pazos
            • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Mondesi safe at first on 1st baseman Healy fielding error
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Merrifield singled to left center, Mondesi to third
            • R. Herrera: Herrera hit sacrifice fly to left, Mondesi scored
            • M. Moustakas: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
            • S. Perez: Ball, Perez grounded into fielder's choice to second, Merrifield out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • Heath Fillmyer relieved Jason Hammel
            • N. Cruz: Ball, Cruz grounded out to third
            • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Ball, Seager grounded out to third
            • D. Span: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Span struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • James Pazos relieved Felix Hernandez
            • L. Duda: Foul, Duda grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Bonifacio: Bonifacio singled to left
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
            • A. Escobar: Foul, Escobar grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Bonifacio out at second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • D. Gordon: Ball, Gordon flied out to left
            • J. Segura: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Segura struck out swinging
            • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • F. Hernandez Pitching:
            • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Mondesi grounded bunt out to pitcher
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield singled to center
            • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Moustakas walked, Merrifield to second
            • S. Perez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • D. Span: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Span popped out to shortstop
            • R. Healy: Strike looking, Healy singled to center
            • B. Gamel: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gamel flied out to center
            • M. Zunino: Zunino lined out to left
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • F. Hernandez Pitching:
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Bonifacio popped out to second
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Gordon grounded out to first
            • A. Escobar: Strike swinging, Ball, Escobar grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • J. Segura: Ball, Foul, Segura grounded out to third
            • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Haniger reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • N. Cruz: Cruz singled to left, Haniger to second
            • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Foul, Seager fouled out to third
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • F. Hernandez Pitching:
            • R. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Herrera flied out to center
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Moustakas reached on an infield single to second
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Duda flied out to right
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • M. Haniger: Haniger singled to shallow center
            • N. Cruz: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Cruz singled to center, Haniger to second
            • K. Seager: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Seager fouled out to third
            • D. Span: Span doubled to deep right center, Haniger scored, Cruz to third
            • R. Healy: Healy singled to center, Cruz scored
            • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Gamel singled to center, Span to third, Healy to second
            • M. Zunino: Zunino grounded into double play third to second to first, Gamel out at second
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • F. Hernandez Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar grounded out to first
            • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Merrifield grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • D. Span: Ball, Strike looking, Span singled to left
            • R. Healy: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Healy homered to left center, Span scored
            • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Gamel tripled to left
            • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Zunino hit sacrifice fly to center, Gamel scored
            • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to second
            • J. Segura: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Segura grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • F. Hernandez Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield singled to center
            • R. Herrera: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Herrera singled to left, Merrifield to second
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Moustakas homered to right, Merrifield and Herrera scored
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Perez singled to left
            • L. Duda: Ball, Strike swinging, Duda flied out to deep right
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bonifacio reached on fielder's choice to third, Perez out at second
            • A. Gordon: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • D. Gordon: Ball, Gordon popped out to shortstop
            • J. Segura: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Segura reached on an infield single to third
            • M. Haniger: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Haniger doubled to left center, Segura scored
            • N. Cruz: Foul, Ball, Ball, Cruz popped out to shortstop
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)