Roy­als rock Seat­tle

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SPORTS -

Kansas City’s Whit Mer­ri­field hit the first pitch of the game from Mariners start­ing pitcher Felix Her­nan­dez deep to left-cen­ter for his sev­enth home run, Mike Mous­takas added his 24th homer of the sea­son, and the Roy­als beat the Seat­tle Mariners 7-3 on Tues­day for their fifth win in six games. Kansas City knocked around Her­nan­dez (3-3) for five earned runs in six in­nings.

SEAT­TLE — Whit Mer­ri­field hit the first pitch of the game from Felix Her­nan­dez for his sev­enth home run, Mike Mous­takas added his 24th homer of the sea­son, and the Kansas City Roy­als beat the Seat­tle Mariners 7-3 on Tues­day for their fifth win in six games.

Kansas City knocked around Her­nan­dez (3-3) for five earned runs in six in­nings. Mer­ri­field set the tone jump­ing on an 89 mph pitch in the mid­dle of the plate and clear­ing the wall in left-cen­ter. The Roy­als scored three times in the fourth in­ning thanks to Mous­takas’ two-run shot and a two-out er­ror by sec­ond base­man Robin­son Cano that al­lowed Bran­don Moss to score. Salvador Perez had a two-run dou­ble and the five earned runs were the most al­lowed by Her­nan­dez in his eight starts this sea­son.

Kansas City starter Danny Duffy (5-4) re­turned af­ter spend­ing a month on the dis­abled list and al­lowed just two first-in­ning runs.

Nel­son Cruz had a two-run sin­gle off the wall in right-cen­ter field in the first in­ning — miss­ing his first home run in a month by a mat­ter of inches — but Duffy al­lowed just one other baserun­ner to reach third base pitch­ing into the sixth. The lefty had been on the DL since late May with an oblique strain, but scat­tered five hits and struck out four.

Jean Se­gura had an RBI sin­gle in the sev­enth to pull within 6-3, helped along by first base­man Eric Hos­mer’s throw­ing er­ror that put run­ners on sec­ond and third with just one out. Re­liever Peter Moy­lan got Danny Va­len­cia to ground into a dou­ble play to end the threat, started by Mer­ri­field’s lung­ing stop that kept the grounder from sneak­ing into the out­field.

Seat­tle has lost six straight at home.

Her­nan­dez struck out five, be- com­ing the 50th pitcher in Ma­jor League his­tory to reach 2,300 strike­outs. It was the worst of his three starts since com­ing off the dis­abled list. Her­nan­dez al­lowed six hits and walked four.

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