With a 12-1 victory Saturday, Seattle has outscored Kansas City 68-31 since last losing to them at home on Aug. 26, 2004, recording at least 10 hits in seven of those games.
The nine-game home winning streak over the Royals is tied for the third-longest in franchise history against one opponent. Seattle also won nine straight at home over Cleveland from Aug. 27, 1992-June 7, 1994.
The Mariners won 11 in a row at home from Milwaukee from 1990-92 and a record 15 straight from Baltimore between 1999-2002.
Trying to keep the streaks going, inconsistent Jarrod Washburn (3-6, 3.89 ERA) will start for Seattle. The left-hander, who signed a four-year deal worth $37.5 million with the Mariners in the offseason after eight seasons with the Angels, has yet to post consecutive wins with his new team.
On Monday against Texas, Washburn went seven innings but lost for the first time in four starts after giving up six hits—including Mark Teixiera’s two-run homer—in a 2-0 loss.
“I didn’t think he hit it that good,” Washburn said. “I thought he hit it off the end of the bat but it kept carrying. You don’t want to be the one who gives in first but tonight I did.”
Washburn is 6-2 with a 2.37 career ERA against Kansas City.
Making his first appearance in the rotation since May 19, Mark Redman (0-4, 6.88) will try to avoid his fifth loss in six starts when he goes for Kansas City (13-40). The left-hander, who was placed on the bereavement list May 24 before being reinstated a week later, takes Denny Bautista’s spot in the rotation.
Bautista, 0-2 with a 5.62 ERA, has lasted beyond the fifth inning only twice this season. His last win was on April 30, 2005 against Cleveland.
“He’s been struggling in keeping his delivery throughout the course of the game. We felt like moving him to the bullpen maybe would help him out,” Royals manager Buddy Bell said.
Redman, who has not won in 16 starts since last July 24, is 2-5 with a 4.09 career ERA against Seattle.
Redman allowed a season-high six runs and seven hits over four innings in his last start, a 9-6 interleague loss to St. Louis. He also had two wild pitches, increasing his season total to seven and tying him with Baltimore’s Daniel Cabrera for second in the majors behind the Angels’ John Lackey (eight).
“I just ran into some trouble. Even in the first three innings, I was still falling behind hitters,” Redman said. “The first-pitch strikes weren’t there tonight. You have to be aggressive and work ahead in the count and tonight I didn’t do that.”
The Royals have been outscored 23-1 during their three-game slide, and are 0-7 when allowing at least 10 runs.