Seattle (24-32) has not lost at home to Kansas City (13-39) since a 7-3 loss on Aug. 26, 2004. The Mariners opened the series with a 4-0 victory on Friday behind 43-year-old Jamie Moyer.
“What were you doing 20 years ago?” a smiling Moyer asked after his first two-hitter since 1986 when he was with the Chicago Cubs.
It also marked Moyer’s first shutout since he tossed a five-hitter in a 7-0 victory over the Royals on July 1, 2002.
Jose Lopez and Raul Ibanez led off the seventh inning with solo homers as Seattle successfully opened a seven-game homestand. The Mariners have won 11 of their last 16 home games to even their mark at Safeco Field—15-15—this year.
Ichiro Suzuki recorded his third straight multihit effort by going 2-for-4. Suzuki is 13-for-25 with five multihit efforts over the last six games.
Lopez drove in three runs and is tied for fourth in the AL with 45 RBIs for the season. He’s 4-for-9 in the last two games after being mired in a 4-for-35 slide over his previous nine games.
“First home run in the three spot—I was running the bases happy,” Lopez said.
Struggling Joel Pineiro (4-5, 5.13 ERA) hopes pitching against Kansas City will help him turn around his season. Pineiro is 3-0 with a 1.57 ERA in four career starts against the Royals—all at home.
However, the right-hander is 0-3 with a 8.27 ERA over his last four outings. He felt he pitched well in his last outing after allowing three runs and nine hits over 6 2-3 innings in a 4-3, 10-inning loss to Minnesota on Sunday.
“I had pretty good location on my pitches,” Pineiro said. “I kept the ball down.”
Pineiro has struck out only six batters over his last 20 2-3 innings.
The Royals were blanked for the second straight game to fall to 3-4 on their 10-game road trip.
Kansas City is 7-for-58 over the last two games after hitting .314 over its previous eight contests.
Right fielder Reggie Sanders went 0-for-3 on Friday to remain one homer shy of the 300th of his career. Sanders is trying to become the fifth player in major-league history with 300 homers and 300 steals, joining Barry and Bobby Bonds, Willie Mays and Andre Dawson.
Kansas City will send Seth Etherton (1-0, 1.80) to the mound for his second start of the season. Etherton was acquired last Saturday in a trade with San Diego and won his Royals debut two days later by giving up one run and two hits over six innings in a 6-4 victory over Oakland.
The right-hander, who has never faced Seattle, won for the first time since May 18, 2005 while with the Athletics. He’s 9-6 with a 5.89 ERA in 22 career starts.