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SEATTLE (AP)—Bucky Jacobsen drove in three runs with a home run and a double to lead the Seattle Mariners past the Kansas City Royals 9-7 Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader.

In the first doubleheader at Safeco Field, which opened in 1999, Seattle overcame a 4-0 deficit for the second straight game, chasing Royals starter Darrell May (9-15) with a three-run fifth capped by Jacobsen’s two-run double off the right-field wall.

Joe Randa’s two-run homer off Clint Nageotte put the Royals ahead in the first, and Angel Berroa hit a two-run single in the second, the first RBIs for the AL Rookie of the Year since he was recalled from Double-A Wichita on Aug 3.

But Seattle scored twice in the third on Jose Lopez’s run-scoring double and Ichiro Suzuki’s RBI grounder, then got a solo homer by Jacobsen in the fourth.

Edgar Martinez tied the score with a run-scoring infield single in the fifth ahead of Jacobsen’s double.

Matt Thornton (1-2) struck out five in three innings of hitless for the win, and J.J. Putz worked the ninth for his fifth save in nine chances, allowing a solo homer to Desi Relaford.

Randy Winn hit an RBI grounder in the sixth to make it 7-4, but Matt Stairs cut the gap with a two-run double in the seventh against George Sherrill.

Berroa’s error on Hiram Bocachica’s grounder in the seventh allowed Bret Boone to score. Winn added an RBI double in the eighth off Shawn Camp.

Nageotte left after three innings with spasms in the lower left side of his back. He gave up four runs—all earned—and five hits. ay allowed six runs and nine hits in 4 1-3 innings. He has lost three straight starts, giving up 20 earned runs in 9 1-3 innings, a 19.29 ERA


The previous doubleheader at Seattle took place Aug. 30, 1986, a split against the New York Yankees at the Kingdome. … Jacobsen has nine homers, the most by a Mariners rookie since Jose Cruz Jr. had 12 in 1997.

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