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Young, Mariners resume set with Royals
(SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Young tries to win his third straight start on Saturday night as the Seattle Mariners play the third contest of a four-game series with the Kansas City Royals.
The 34-year-old Young picked up his first victory in the majors since 2012 when he beat the New York Yankees on April 29. He followed up with a 4-2 decision in Oakland, giving up two runs on three hits and a pair of walks over six innings.
A late addition to the rotation, Young is 2-0 with a 3.03 earned run average in six games this season with five starts.
"I'm going to keep working, keep trying to get better," Young said. "I feel like as the season progresses my arm strength is going to get better and hopefully the results will continue to be there."
The right-hander has faced the Royals just once before and not since Sept. 2, 2005 while with the Texas Rangers.
The Royals turn to a young right-hander in Yordano Ventura, who is 2-1 with a 2.00 ERA on the campaign.
Ventura did not factor into the outcome of a second straight start in Monday's 6-5 setback at San Diego. The 22-year-old allowed three runs, all on a sixth- inning homer to spoil his final frame of work and waste a career-high 10 strikeouts.
Ventura faced Seattle once last season in his second career MLB start and did not get a decision, charged with a run on two hits and three walks over 5 2/3 innings on Sept. 23.
The Royals played small ball to perfection in last night's 6-1 victory, pounding out 16 hits in the game -- all singles. Salvador Perez, Eric Hosmer and Alex Gordon all had three hits each.
"The more hits we get, the higher the averages get," Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. "I don't care how we win the game, as long as we win the game."
Jason Vargas tossed seven scoreless innings to best his former club. He fanned six and yielded just three hits for a Royals club that had lost six of eight coming in.
Brandon Maurer allowed six runs -- four earned -- on 14 hits over 7 1/3 innings for the Mariners, who had won six of their last seven tilts coming in.
"Most of them were bleeders or hit perfect in the right spot," Maurer said.
Seattle third baseman Kyle Seager was a late scratch due to the flu.
Kansas City won four of its seven matchups with the Mariners last season, but was 1-2 in the Emerald City.
05/10 11:01:47 ET