Smoak’s homer gives Mariners 4-1 win over Royals



SEATTLE (AP) — Justin Smoak hit his first home run in nearly three months, a two-run shot in the sixth inning, to help the Seattle Mariners claim a 4-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals Thursday night.

Smoak hit a 1-1 fastball from Luke Hochevar (10-11) into the right-field seats for his 13th, but first since June 12. He had gone 48 games between home runs.

Jason Vargas (8-13) picked up the victory, his first since Aug. 10. He worked six innings, allowing four hits and one run. Jamey Wright, Tom Wilhelmsen each worked a hitless inning.

Brandon League had a little trouble getting out of the ninth. He took a two-out line drive from Mike Moustakas off his left leg, with Moustakas reaching. Shortstop Brendan Ryan bobbled a Johnny Giavotella ground ball.

League got Salvador Perez to ground out to end the game and earn his 34th save in 39 opportunities.