Seattle (69-76) at Kansas City (56-90)

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  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Thu Sep 14, 2006
  • TV: KSTW
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The Seattle Mariners try to rebound from one of their worst losses of the season when they begin a four-game series against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday.

The Mariners (69-76) failed to sweep a three-game series from Toronto after a 10-0 loss Wednesday. It was Seattle’s major league-leading 15th shutout loss and tied a franchise record set in 1978 and matched in 1983 and 1990.

“The only thing good about (Wednesday’s game) is that it’s over,” Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said. “Plain and simple.”

Rookie starter Cha Seung Baek suffered his first loss in five starts and failed to become the first Seattle rookie since 1992 to win four consecutive starts.

“He just lost his command,” Hargrove said. “When he came out of the game, he told (pitching coach Rafael) Chavez that he had a little tightness in his shoulder. His command has been what has helped him since he got here.”

Trying to surpass his win total from a year ago, Jarrod Washburn (8-13, 4.39 ERA) gets the start for the Mariners. The left-hander was 8-8 with career-best 3.20 ERA in his final season with the Los Angeles Angels a year ago.

He failed to record a decision in the Mariners’ 3-2 loss in 13 innings to Texas on Saturday. Washburn gave up a run and six hits over six innings with two walks and five strikeouts.

“It’s just a matter of going out and making pitches and not getting myself in trouble,” said Washburn, who’s gotten three runs of support or fewer in 17 of his 29 starts this season.

He got only three runs of support in his only outing against Kanas City this season. Washburn yielded seven runs and eight hits in 4 1-3 innings of a 9-4 loss on June 4 at Safeco Field.

Washburn has never lost in Kansas City, going 4-0 with a 1.49 ERA in six career starts, all with Los Angeles. The Angels went 5-1 when he started.

Kansas City has reached the 90-loss plateau for the fifth time in six seasons, but is coming off a rare two-game road sweep after beating Cleveland 6-2 on Wednesday. Shane Costa had three hits for the Royals, who notched a road sweep for the first time since taking three straight July 11-13, 2003 at Texas.

“We’re creating more of our own breaks by being aggressive,” said Emil Brown, who homered. “We’re making plays in the field, but the big thing is the pitchers are giving us a chance.”

Odalis Perez (1-3, 5.48 ERA) seeks his first win for Kansas City (56-90) since Aug. 22. In three starts since beating Cleveland, he’s 0-2 with a 6.88 ERA.

Perez gave up three runs and five hits, but also recorded a season-high 10 strikeouts Friday as the Royals rallied for a 10-9 win over Boston.

“Every time I go out there and pitch a good game like that, my confidence builds up and helps me for the next game,” Perez said.

He has not faced Seattle since failing to get a decision an interleague game in June 2003 when he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Kansas City dropped four of six at home to Seattle last season.

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Starting Pitchers

J. Washburn Det vs. O. Perez Was
8-14 Record 6-8
4.67 ERA 6.20
103 K 81
55 BB 31
1.35 WHIP 1.58

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Thursday, Sep 14