American League Game Summary - Kansas City at Seattle|
(Saturday, July 28th)
Final Score: Seattle 4, Kansas City 3
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Jesus Montero went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer
to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 4-3 win over the Kansas City Royals in the
third installment of a four-game set at Safeco Field.
Casper Wells had two hits and scored once and Miguel Olivo drove in a run for
the Mariners, winners in three straight, and four of five overall.
Kevin Millwood (4-8) got the win after giving up just one unearned run on six
hits over 6 1/3 innings. The 37-year-old right-hander struck out three and
walked one in the victory.
"Kevin threw the ball great today. He did a great job with his fastball, used
both sides of the plate, he was strong, started mixing his breaking pitches in
later in the ball game, and he's been very consistent for us," Seattle manager
Eric Wedge said. "It was good to get him a win. We've had a tough time getting
him a win as good as he's been pitching so I was glad to get him a win."
Billy Butler went 3-for-3 with a RBI and Alcides Escobar had two hits,
including a triple, and drove in a run for the Royals, who have lost four in a
Bruce Chen (7-9) was pegged with the loss after giving up three runs on seven
hits with five strikeouts over six innings.
"We're much better than we're playing right now and we're trying to do
everything we can to get out of this funk," Chen said. "We can't panic, you
just have to do it one step at a time and, I know I lost to day, but it was a
step in the right direction."
The Royals took a 1-0 lead in the first. Escobar reached on a bunt single and
took second on a throwing error by Kyle Seager. Butler dropped a single into
right to score Escobar.
Seattle scored three in the third to go up 3-1. Wells singled before Montero
homered one batter later. Seager followed with a double then scored on Olivo's
Kansas City cut it to 3-2 in the eighth. Alex Gordon doubled then scored on
Michael Saunders and Montero worked walks and Seager reached on a bunt to load
the bases in the eighth with no outs. After John Jaso grounded into a force
out at the plate, Mike Carp delivered with a sacrifice fly to score Chone
Figgins, who replaced Montero on the bases, to make it 4-2. Royals reliever
Greg Holland struck out Trayvon Robinson to end the threat.
The Royals added a run in the ninth but stranded the tying run on third to end
the game. Eric Hosmer singled before advancing to second on a defensive
indifference. Lorenzo Cain tripled to plate Hosmer but Tom Wilhemlmsen was
able to get Gordon to ground out to end the game.
51 of the Mariners 103 games this season have been decided by two runs or
fewer...Montero is 15-for-23 with two homers in six games against Kansas City
this season. He has recorded a multi-hit game in every matchup...Chen went 0-3
over six starts in July...Kansas City is just 4-16 since the All-Star break.
07/28 20:04:14 ET