KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kendrys Morales
belted a two-run homer in the ninth as the Seattle Mariners
topped the Kansas City Royals
6-4 on Wednesday night.
Morales homered with two out off Aaron Crow, the eighth Royals' pitcher of the game. Franklin Gutierrez
, who had walked, was along for the ride after Morales' 18th home run.
Danny Farquhar worked a 1-2-3 ninth to log his 12th save. Left-hander Lucas Luetge worked two flawless innings for the victory. Taijuan Walker
, the Mariners' top pick in the 2010 draft, was pulled after five innings and 79 pitches. He allowed four runs and four hits, all in the fourth innings, to tie the score. Walker, who beat the Astros in his big league debut, had to settle for a no-decision.
The Mariners put their first two runners on base in the sixth on a Dustin Ackley infield single and a Mike Moustakas throwing error, but failed to score.
Justin Smoak led off the Seattle eighth with a double off rookie left-hander Donnie Joseph, but that came to naught. After Joseph struck out Ackley, Luke Hochevar came in and struck out Mike Zunino and Nick Franklin
The Mariners grabbed a 2-0 lead in the third. Zunino led off with a broken-bat single to center and advanced to third on Nick Franklin's double to right.
Brad Miller's sacrifice fly to center scored Franklin, and Miller took third. Franklin Gutierrez bounced a RBI-single to right past a drawn in infield to score Franklin.
The Mariners added two more runs in the fourth and chased Royals starter Ervin Santana
. Raul Ibanez, who began the inning with a short-hop double off the right-field wall, scored on a Franklin single. Ackley, who had reached on a fielder's choice, scored the other run on a Wade Davis wild pitch.
Davis replaced Santana, who faced 18 batters and gave up seven hits and issued three walks. Santana's 3 1/3 innings was his shortest outing of the season.
Billy Butler stroked a run-scoring single for the Royals' first run in the fourth inning. Eric Hosmer, who extended his hitting streak to eight games with a single, scored on a Salvador Perez sacrifice fly. Jarrod Dyson's two-out two-run single tied the score at four.
NOTES: OF Lorenzo Cain was activated off the disabled list after missing 25 Royals games with a pulled oblique. "I've been out there tracking fly balls, getting back comfortable out there again," Cain said. "I'm itching to get back. No pain when I swing." ... 2B Chris Getz was not in the Royals' lineup Wednesday as he was being tested for a possible concussion. Getz left after two innings Tuesday with an upset stomach and mild dizziness after diving for a ball. ... Mariners RHP Felix Hernandez still is penciled in for a Sunday start. He left his start Monday in the seventh with cramping in his lower back. ... Franklin, who was in a 2-for-35 funk, was dropped to ninth for the first time in the Mariners batting order.
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