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August 8, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Royals, Aug. 8: M’s win 3-2

ROYALS NINTH:Alex Gordon gets a pinch-hit homer off Aardsma to close the gap to 3-2 with one out, but Aardsma gets the next two outs for his 20th save. Mariners win, 3-2, take series two out of three.
MARINERS EIGHTH:M’s get a big insurance run on a one-out infield single by Ichiro, who made it to second on a wild throw (the whole play probably should have been a two-base error, but that’s another issue). With Ichiro taking off, Figgins singled to bring him home. The top three in the order are really producing today — five hits, three runs, three RBI. 3-1 Mariners.
ROYALS EIGHTH:Brandon League works out of a major jam to preserve Seattle’s lead. With one out, back-to-back singles by Betemit and Pena put runners on the corners, but Aviles bounced into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. As some have noted, League gave up more hits after three batters than Brandon Morrow — for whom he was traded — gave up in nine innings. Morrow had 17 more strikeouts than League. 2-1 Mariners.
MARINERS SEVENTH: A promising inning went off the tracks. Singles by Gutierrez and Lopez, and a sacrifice by Bard put runners on second and third, one out. The M’s tried the suicide squeeze with Langerhans up, but the Royals sniffed it out, called a pitchout, and nailed Gutierrez. Langerhans made a valiant effort to get the bunt down (unlike Eric Byrnes months earlier) but had no chance. And then he struck out. 2-1 Mariners.
ROYALS SEVENTH:Jamey Wright replaced Vargas and gave up a leadoff infield single to Willie Bloomquist, who moved to second on a sacrifice. But Wright speared a comebacker by Gregor Blanco for one out and got Kendall to fly to center. Still 2-1 Mariners.
MARINERS SIXTH:The Mariners storm into the lead with two runs, both coming on Casey Kotchman’s one-out single. That followed back-to-back hits by Ichiro and Chone Figgins, and a stolen base by Figgins. 2-1 Mariners.
NOTE: The Mariners just announced shortstop Jack Wilson has a fractured fifth metacarpal in his right hand from an accident in his bathroom last night, in which he fell and put his hand down to cushion the ball. Wilson will see a hand specialist tomorrow.
ROYALS SIXTH:The Royals push across a run on Mike Aviles’s infield single with runners on first and second, one out. Chone Figgins fielded the ball ranging to his left and looked for the force out on slow-running Billy Butler at second. That play wasn’t there, and Figgins held the ball, but it looked like he had a chance to get Aviles at first. Meanwhile, Jason Kendall scored from first. 1-0 Royals.
MARINERS FIFTH: Quite the pitchers duel between Davies and Vargas through five. Each has given up one hit. Vargas has walked three, Davies two. Each has thrown 74 pitches. Davies has four strikeouts, Vargas two. Still 0-0.
MARINERS FOURTH:Figgins leads off with a walk but is promptly erased on a Kotchman double play. Branyan walks, but Gutierrez’s drive to center is run down by Blanco. 0-0.
ROYALS FOURTH:Vargas gets into, and works out of, his first jam. With one out, Billy Butler breaks the no-hitter on a drive to right that Ichiro ran down, but had it pop out of his glove. Butler got a double, and Betemit walked, but Vargas struck o ute Brayan Pena and got Mike Aviles to fly out. 0-0.
MARINERS THIRD Well, the Mariners won’t be a no-hit victim today. Josh Wilson delivers a two-out single to center off Davies, but is forced at second by Ichiro to end the inning. 0-0. So far, most of the action has been provided by the Blue Angels.
ROYALS THIRD:An ultra-quick inning for Vargas, who has allowed just a walk to Billy Butler through three innings. Only one ball by the Royals has left the infield. 0-0.
MARINERS SECOND: No hits for either team through two. Not sure if that’s a reflection on the pitching or the hitting. 0-0.
MARINERS FIRST: Twelve pitches for Davies, M’s go down 1-2-3
ROYALS FIRST:Nice play by Figgins, roaming far to his left and spinning to make a throw that nipped Wilson Betemit at first for the final out, after a two-out walk by Vargas. 0-0
The Mariners are trying to win their first series since taking two of three from the Yankees in New York on June 29-July 1. Their record since then: 8-26.
The roof just opened up in time to witness some Blue Angel stunts in the distance. This should be fun. The Safeco roof has been closed or moved during play this season in 20 of 57 games. The record is 23 in 2007.

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