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             === 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
 Field.
 
 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
 to."
 
 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."
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 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,
 12-11.
 
 
 
 
 
 05/11 21:00:16 ET