This game got real sloppy late, but it’s tough to argue the Mariners were not deserving of the 7-6 win they eventually got.
The Mariners outplayed the Royals for the most part, but then saw Brandon League yield three tying runs in the eighth during an inning in which an Oliver Perez wild pitch moved two runners up who eventually scored.
But Trayvon Robinson really ignited the bottom of the eighth with a great bunt after a leadoff double by Mike Carp. Robinson gets up the line fast and pitcher Jose Mijares had to hurry his throw to first base. Mijares never should have thrown the ball, but with the game on the line like that, you need outs knowing there will be a runner at third.
Mijares made the throw and it went down the right field line to bring the go-ahead run — pinch-runner Munenori Kawasaki — home. Robinson took second on the play and eventually scored on a Casper Wells single.
Tom Wilhelmsen closed things out, giving up a run but stranding the tying marker on second. Perez gets credit for the win and the blown save simultaenously.
So, a four-game sweep that was pretty much expected the way the Royals played. But this was a much tougher, tighter game than those others. The Royals actually looked competitive on offense and defense this afternoon, so the M’s deserve full credit for the win — despite the sloppiness late.