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                      === Smoak, Mariners edge Royals ===
 
 Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Smoak smacked a two-run homer, Dustin
 Ackley added a solo shot and the Seattle Mariners beat the Kansas City Royals,
 3-1, in the third test of a four-game set.
 
 Chris Young (3-0) spun eight innings of one-run ball, allowing just three hits
 for Seattle, which has won seven of its last nine games. Fernando Rodney fired
 a scoreless ninth for his 11th save of the season.
 
 The  34-year  old Young, who  signed with Seattle  after being released by the
 Nationals prior to the season, improved to 3-0 with a 2.63 ERA.
 
 Yordano Ventura (2-2) surrendered three runs on six hits and four walks over 6
 1/3  innings for the Royals, who had won three of their last four games coming
 in on the heels of a five-game slide.
 
 The  Royals opened the  scoring in the third when Mike Moustakas smoked a one-
 out  triple. Mariners  right fielder Michael Saunders hurt himself on the play
 when  he tried  to slide near the  grass down the right-field line as the ball
 bounced over his head.
 
 Moustakas  scored  on Alcides  Escobar's  sacrifice  fly  into left,  but  the
 Mariners surged in front following a two-run fourth.
 
 Corey  Hart  led off with  a single and Smoak  followed by blasting a fastball
 deep into the seats in right to give the M's a 2-1 edge.
 
 Ackley  deposited a  hanging slider over the wall in right-center in the sixth
 to increase the margin to 3-1.
 
 Young  set  the Royals,  who had just  four hits after  tallying 16 singles on
 Friday night, down in order in five of his eight frames. Kansas City never had
 a runner in scoring position and left three men on base.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Saunders  left  the  game  following  the  third  and  was  diagnosed  with  a
 hyperextended left knee ... The four hits was a season low for Kansas City ...
 Seattle was 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.
 
 
 05/11 00:38:41 ET