September 3, 2013 at 4:55 PM
Game thread: Royals 4, Mariners 3 FINAL
Mike Moustakas hit a two out double in the eighth past a diving Abraham Almonte in center. Salvador Perez then singled to left field to bring in the decisive run in a 4-3 loss for the Mariners. That’s three losses in a row for the Mariners and nine defeats in 12 games.
7:04 p.m.: We’re all even at 3-3 after Abraham Almonte led off with a bunt single and then took third on a hit-and-run well-executed through the right side by pinch-hitter Kendrys Morales off reliever Kelvin Herrera. Almonte took third on the single and then scored on a groundout by Brad Miller. Nick Franklin replaced Morales as a pinch-runner, so he’ll enter the game at second and Miller moves to shortstop, since Morales hit for Brendan Ryan. Some better offensive work by the Mariners these last two innings compared to the previous three days.
6:49 p.m.: Kansas City scored again in the fifth inning, but the Mariners finally got an extra-base hit in the sixth and it was a big one, with Kyle Seager taking Bruce Chen over the wall in right for a two-run homer that cuts the deficit to 3-2. Franklin Gutierrez opened the inning with a single to left before the home run, which was the first for the Mariners since Friday in Houston.
6:10 p.m.: Salvador Perez just lined a pitch from Erasmo Ramirez over the left field wall in the fourth inning to give the Royals a 2-0 lead. That’s the second homer given up by Ramirez tonight. Normally, you don’t mind solo blasts. But Ramirez’s team has scored once in the last 30 innings, so there’s that to consider.
5:25 p.m.: Alex Gordon just set the Royals franchise record with the 12th leadoff home run of his career, swatting the first pitch he saw from Erasmo Ramirez over the right field fence. Royals up 1-0 in the first.
4:55 p.m.: We’ve seen the Mariners get it stuffed down their throats by left-handed pitching the past two days and there’s another southpaw on the mound tonight in Bruce Chen.
The veteran is 4-1 with a 3.23 ERA against Seattle in 13 career outibgs, nine of them starts. He faced the Mariners twice in a span of 10 days last summer, taking his first loss against them at Safeco Field after allowing three earned runs over six innings.
Erasmo Ramirez goes for the Mariners. When he pitches, the Mariners tend to score runs, so they’ve got that going for them.