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Mariners hold off Royals 7-5, tie Rangers atop AL West

Suárez gets 3 hits, 3 RBI to power Seattle

By SHANE LANTZ, Associated Press
Published: August 25, 2023, 10:50pm
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Seattle Mariners, including first baseman Ty France (23), third baseman Eugenio Suárez, center facing, and relief pitcher Andres Munoz (75) dance after the team's win over the Kansas City Royals in a baseball game Friday, Aug. 25, 2023, in Seattle.
Seattle Mariners, including first baseman Ty France (23), third baseman Eugenio Suárez, center facing, and relief pitcher Andres Munoz (75) dance after the team's win over the Kansas City Royals in a baseball game Friday, Aug. 25, 2023, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson) Photo Gallery

SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners tied Texas for the AL West lead, beating the Kansas City Royals 7-5 on Friday night behind Eugenio Suárez’s three hits and three RBI, which included a go-ahead, two-run single in the fourth inning.

Seattle was 10 games out of first at 47-48 before play on July 20, but the Mariners have gone on a 25-8 run. At 128 games into the season, this is the latest the Mariners have had a share of first place since 2003.

“It’s really big for us,” Suárez said. “We’ve been grinding all year long and now we are on top on the leaders. That means a lot for us. We’ve been grinding. We never quit.”

Kansas City led 3-2 before Suárez’s fourth-inning single. Seattle built a 6-3 lead in the fifth when Teoscar Hernández scored on Austin Cox’s wild pitch, and Josh Rojas had an RBI single.

Kyle Isbel cut the gap to 6-5 with a two-run homer in the seventh against Matt Brash.

Suárez hit a run-scoring double in the eighth off Taylor Hearn and has a seven-game hitting streak.

Andrés Muñoz allowed a single and walk in the ninth, then retired Maikel Garcia on a groundout. Bobby Witt Jr. was intentionally walked with two outs, loading the bases, and Muñoz struck out pinch-hitter Freddy Fermin for his ninth save in 13 chances.

Isaiah Campbell (4-0), the second of seven Seattle pitchers, threw a hitless fifth.

Kansas City dropped to a major league-worst 18-49 on the road and is 1-82 this year when trailing entering the ninth.

Royals starter Brady Singer (8-10) gave up four runs and nine hits in four innings, and the Mariners finished with 16 hits.

“I think we’re a little underrated,” manager Scott Servais said. “That’s OK. That’s fine. Our guys keep grinding, and having good at-bats. The biggest thing, too, is the bottom of our lineup has really started to give us production. So every inning is a grind for that pitcher out there on the other team, and it’s paying off for us.”

J.P. Crawford hit his fourth leadoff homer of the season in the bottom of the first, and Cal Raleigh singled home a run for a 2-0 lead.

Kansas City went ahead 3-2 in the second when Nelson Velázquez hit an RBI single, MJ Melendez scored on a throwing error by Mariners starter Bryce Miller, and Isbel hit a run-scoring single. Drew Waters tried to score from second on Isbel’s hit but was thrown out by left fielder Dominic Canzone.

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Miller allowed six hits and three earned runs over four innings, with six strikeouts.

“We knew he was going to throw a ton of fastballs,” Royals manager Matt Quatraro said. “He got some strikeouts, but we put up some pretty good at-bats.”

MOVES

Royals: RHP Taylor Clark was placed on the family medical emergency list and RHP Collin Snider was recalled from Triple-A Omaha.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: OF Jarred Kelenic (broken foot) will begin a rehab assignment next week in Triple-A Tacoma, with a projected return to game action of mid-September … RHP Emerson Hancock (shoulder) was diagnosed with a grade 1-plus shoulder strain, with no tear or structural damage. He received a platelet rich plasma injection.

Royals: INF Nick Pratto (groin strain) had a setback on his rehab assignment and will be evaluated on Monday … LHP Jake Brentz had a season-ending lat strain while on his rehab assignment from Tommy John surgery.

UP NEXT

RHP Logan Gilbert (11-5, 3.77 ERA) will pitch for the Mariners on Saturday against Royals RHP Jordan Lyles (3-14, 6.20 ERA).

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MARINERS 7, ROYALS 5

Kansas City AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Garcia 3b 5 0 0 0 0 2 .279
Witt Jr. ss 4 0 1 0 1 1 .280
Massey 2b 3 0 0 0 0 2 .224
b-Duffy ph-2b 1 0 0 0 0 0 .253
c-Fermin ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .283
Perez c 4 1 1 0 0 0 .253
Melendez lf 4 1 1 0 0 2 .234
Velázquez dh 4 1 1 1 0 2 .231
Beaty 1b 3 1 2 0 1 1 .325
1-Taylor pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 .185
Waters rf 4 0 2 0 0 0 .233
Isbel cf 3 1 2 3 1 0 .246
Totals 36 5 10 4 3 11
Seattle AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
Crawford ss 4 3 3 1 1 1 .265
Rodríguez cf 4 1 2 0 1 1 .279
Suárez 3b 5 0 3 3 0 1 .238
Raleigh c 5 0 3 1 0 1 .229
T.Hernández rf 5 1 1 0 0 1 .258
France 1b 4 0 1 0 0 1 .255
Canzone lf 4 2 2 0 0 1 .246
Ford dh 2 0 0 0 0 1 .219
a-Moore ph-dh 2 0 0 0 0 2 .239
Rojas 2b 4 0 1 1 0 1 .291
Totals 39 7 16 6 2 11
Kansas City 030 000 200—5 10 0
Seattle 200 220 01x—7 16 1

a-struck out for Ford in the 5th. b-grounded out for Massey in the 7th. c-struck out for Duffy in the 9th.

1-ran for Beaty in the 9th.

E—Miller (1). LOB—Kansas City 7, Seattle 10. 2B—Melendez (27), Waters (6), Raleigh (20), T.Hernández (26), Suárez (20). 3B—Witt Jr. (8). HR—Isbel (5), off Brash; Crawford (11), off Singer. RBIs—Velázquez (6), Isbel 3 (27), Crawford (40), Raleigh (63), Suárez 3 (83), Rojas (9). SB—Rodríguez (35).

Runners left in scoring position—Kansas City 4 (Duffy, Fermin 2, Isbel); Seattle 7 (France 2, T.Hernández, Suárez 2, Raleigh, Canzone). RISP—Kansas City 2 for 7; Seattle 5 for 15.

Runners moved up—Waters, Garcia. GIDP—France.

DP—Kansas City 1 (Witt Jr., Massey, Beaty).

Kansas City IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
Singer, L, 8-10 4 9 4 4 1 6 87 5.15
Cox 2-3 4 2 2 0 2 26 4.22
Snider 1 1-3 1 0 0 1 1 24 6.00
Hearn 2 2 1 1 0 2 27 6.75
Seattle IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA
Miller 4 6 3 3 1 6 83 3.90
Campbell, W, 4-0 1 0 0 0 0 1 9 2.76
Speier, H, 14 1 0 0 0 0 2 10 3.25
Brash, H, 17 2-3 3 2 2 0 0 28 3.60
Saucedo, H, 3 1-3 0 0 0 0 0 7 3.23
Topa, H, 21 1 0 0 0 0 1 12 2.06
Muñoz, S, 9-12 1 1 0 0 2 1 26 2.70

Inherited runners-scored—Snider 2-0, Saucedo 1-0. IBB—off Muñoz (Witt Jr.). WP—Singer, Cox.

Umpires—Home, Quinn Wolcott; First, Ryan Wills; Second, Doug Eddings; Third, Alfonso Marquez.

T—3:10. A—45,175 (47,929).

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