Brad Miller is the hero. He drilled a solo home run off Royals closer Greg Holland in the ninth inning to break a tie and lift the Mariners to a 7-5 win. Logan Morrison also added an RBI single in the ninth inning off Holland.
Top 9th: Brad Miller with a solo homer to lead off the 9th and break the tie and Logan Morrison tacks on an RBI single off Royals closer Greg Holland, who hadn’t given up a run since May 5. Mariners 7, Royals 5.
Bottom 8th: Charlie Furbush came into the game with the bases loaded, but he got two huge outs to protect the tie. Mariners 5, Royals 5.
Top 8th: Dustin Ackley walks with two outs against Wade Davis, but Davis gets Mike Zunino to strike out. Mariners 5, Royals 5.
Bottom 7th: The Royals go down in order. Mariners 5, Royals 5.
Top 7th: Endy Chavez leads off with a single, but Shields get a double play from James Jones and strikes out Robinson Cano. Mariners 5, Royals 5.
Bottom 6th: Iwakuma gave up back to back singles and was then pulled from the game. Dominic Leone came in and allowed two runs to score, one on a single to Sal Perez and one on a fielder’s choice to Lorenzo Cain. It could have been worse were it not for a run-saving catch over his head from Logan Morrison to end the inning. Mariners 5, Royals 5.
Top 6th: The Mariners go down in order for just the second time this game. Mariners 5, Royals 3.
Bottom 5th: Salvador Perez hit a solo home run to left field on an 0-2 pitch, and Lorenzo Cain followed with a double. Mike Moustakas then rocketed a two-run home run to right field. Alcides Escobar singled, and Omar Infante walked but Iwakuma gets Eric Hosmer to ground out. Mariners 5, Royals 3.
Top 5th: Cano answered the boos once again, this time with an RBI double that drove in James Jones. Logan Morrison then followed with a two-run homer. Mariners 5, Royals 0.
Bottom 4th: Eric Hosmer singles with out out, but Billy Butler grounds out into an inning-ending double play. Iwakuma has given up three hits and no runs. Mariners 2, Royals 0.
Top 4th: Mike Zunino blasted a solo homer off Shields with two outs on a pitch up in the zone. Brad Miller followed with a single but Willie Bloomquist grounded out. Mariners 2, Royals 0.
Bottom 3rd: Jarrod Dyson reached on a single, but Mike Zunino threw Dyson out trying to steal second to end the inning. Iwakuma with four strikeouts through three innings. Mariners 1, Royals 0.
Top 3rd: James Jones singles with two outs, and Cano follows with a walk. But Kyle Seager strikes out swinging to end the threat. Mariners 1, Royals 0.
Bottom 2nd: Billy Butler led off with a single, the first Royal right-hander to get a hit off Iwakuma in two career starts, but Iwakuma stranded him at first. Mariners 1, Royals 0.
Top 2nd: Ackley grounds out, Zunino strikes out and Miller grounds out against Shields. Mariners 1, Royals 0.
Bottom 1st: Iwakuma strikes out the side to start the game. And he did it efficiently on 12 pitches. Mariners 1, Royals 0.
Top 1st: Endy Chavez drove a ball to left field to lead off the game, and he stretched it into a double by hustling. Robinson Cano then drove him in with a single through the 5.5 hole. Cano, it should be noted, was booed as he stepped to the plate because Royals fans are still upset that he didn’t pick Billy Butler to participate in the Home Run Derby two years ago. Mariners 1, Royals 0.