NINTH INNING — Fernando Rodney picked up his 11th save to secure the victory. The Royals’ Billy Butler had a two-out single, but Rodney got Salvador Perez to ground into a fielder’s choice to end it. Mariners win 3-1 to improve to 19-17 this season.
EIGHTH INNING — A brilliant night for Young, who allowed only one run on three hits, with three strikeouts and no walks.
SEVENTH INNING — Yet another quality inning from Young, who is at 85 pitches through seven. … Ventura was pulled after a four-pitch walk to Jones with one out in the bottom of the inning. Lefty Tim Collins got Miller to fly out to center. Cano singled. Jones and Cano both advanced on a wild pitch, with Cano appearing to slide into second just ahead of the Perez. But Ned Yost challenged — and won. Cano had slid into Giavotella’s foot first, not the bag. Mariners 3, Royals 1.
SIXTH INNING — Young is at 77 pitches through six innings, allowing just two hits and the one run. … Ackley crushed a high changeup from Ventura way out to right, a solo homer. It was Ackley’s second of the year. Mariners 3, Royals 1.
FIFTH INNING — Young with another 1-2-3 inning. … Jones had a one-out single. Miller struck out and Cano drew a walk after a great at-bat. Hart, after falling behind 1-2, then worked the count full before striking out on an 88-mph changeup to end the inning. Mariners 2, Royals 1.
FOURTH INNING — Stefen Romero takes over in RF for Saunders. The official announcement on Saunders is a hyperextended left knee. … Crew chief Jeff Nelson is the new home-plate umpire, replacing Scott Barry, who was hit in the wrist by a wild Ventura fastball in the second inning. Game will continue with three umps after Scott Barry leaves game with wrist injury. … In the top of the inning, Butler had a solid one-out single, but didn’t advance from there. … Smoak gave the Mariners a 2-1 lead when he pulled a 95-mph fastball deep over the right-field wall, scoring Hart (who had singled). Mariners 2, Royals 1.
THIRD INNING — Moustakas was credited with a triple after Saunders tripped while trying to field the ball near the side wall in right field. Escobar followed with a sacrifice fly to left to score Moustakas. … Jones worked a one-out walk, after fouling off several fastballs, but didn’t budge from there. Royals 1, Mariners 0.
SECOND INNING — Another efficient, 12-pitch inning for Young. … John Buck blooped a single to right for the game’s first hit with one out in the bottom half. Ackley then flew out to center and Saunders grounded out to first. Ventura hit 100 mph on the Safeco board with a 2-2 pitch to Saunders. Not bad. Mariners 0, Royals 0.
FIRST INNING — Chris Young breezed through the top of the inning 1-2-3 on 12 pitches. … Flame-thrower Yordano Ventura’s first two pitches to James Jones were only 96 mph (his average fastball this season is nearly 97). Jones grounded out to third on a 95 mph heater. Brad Miller struck out on an 0-2 curveball. Robison Cano lined a single the other way before Corey Hart grounded out on the first pitch. Mariners 0, Royals 0.