=== Escobar, Giavotella power Royals past Mariners ===
Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - Alcides Escobar hit a grand slam and Johnny
Giavotella had a three-run shot to help guide the Kansas City Royals to a 9-7
win over the Seattle Mariners in the finale of a four-game set from Safeco
Danny Valencia had two hits with two runs scored and Alex Gordon recorded
three hits and two runs for the Royals, who salvaged a series split with
Sunday's victory. Eric Hosmer doubled twice and Lorenzo Cain drove in a run
with a sacrifice fly.
After Jeremy Guthrie was tagged for seven runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings,
five Kansas City relievers combined for 4 1/3 scoreless innings on just three
hits. Louis Coleman (1-0) earned the win after retiring the side in the sixth,
and Greg Holland picked up his ninth save with a 1-2-3 ninth.
Dustin Ackley went 3-for-4 and homered twice and Kyle Seager went yard for
Seattle, while Brad Miller drove in a pair of runs in defeat. All nine
Mariners starters had at least one hit.
Roenis Elias started for Seattle and gave up five runs -- three earned -- on
nine hits in five innings. Danny Farquhar (1-1) surrendered four runs in his
only inning of relief to absorb the loss.
"It's tough. It happens, but you just have to move on," said Farquhar. "You
can't let the inning build on that. I didn't execute pitches like I wanted
Valencia and Gordon started the second inning with singles, and Seager's error
on a Cain grounder loaded the bags for Escobar, who drilled a fastball over
the wall in left for his second homer of the season and an early 4-0 lead.
The Mariners went up with two straight three-run innings. Miller drove in a
pair with a double to right in the bottom of the third after Ackley opened the
stanza with a home run to center.
Justin Smoak's error at first allowed Giavotella to score in the top of the
fourth to make it 5-3, but Seager tied the score with a two-run blast in the
bottom of the frame and Ackley followed with his second of the game.
Ackley homered in three straight plate appearances going back to Saturday.
Seattle's lead stretched to 7-5 following Corey Hart's fifth inning RBI single
to center. The margin held until a four-run top of the seventh put the Royals
back in front for good.
Hosmer led off the frame against Farquhar with a ground-rule double to left,
and a pair of walks following Billy Butler's strikeout loaded the bases for
Cain. Cain cut the deficit to one with his sacrifice to center, and Giavotella
followed with a no-doubter to left-center.
"First-pitch fastball, and I was able to take advantage of a ball over the
middle of the plate," said Giavotella. "I just wanted to come up with a good
at-bat with the runner on third base and drive him in any way that I could."
KC went 4-for-15 with runners in scoring position while Seattle finished 2-
for-7 ... The Mariners had five errors ... Kansas City outhit the Mariners,
05/11 21:00:16 ET