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Tuesday, September 24th
(All times Eastern)
Kansas City Royals (83-73) at Seattle Mariners (68-89), 10:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Kansas City - Bruce Chen (8-3, 3.13)
Seattle - James Paxton (2-0, 2.12)
(Sports Network) - The Kansas City Royals aren't going down without a fight.
The playoff hopefuls try to secure a third straight victory on Tuesday night
in the middle portion of a three-game set against the Seattle Mariners.
The Royals notched a tense but thrilling 6-5 win over the Mariners in 12
innings on Monday night. Their fourth victory in five games moved them to
within three games of the Cleveland Indians for the second wild card spot in
the American League with six games to play.
Seattle nearly won the game in the 10th inning, loading the bases ahead of
Endy Chavez's fly out to left field. Alex Gordon secured the out and then
fired home, where Salvador Perez made a diving tag on Kyle Seager to keep the
"I knew there was a chance I was going to have to make that play," Gordon
said. "I kind of visualized it before it happened and luckily I have Salvy
(Perez) back there who always makes a good play."
Fittingly, Perez was the one to stroke the go-ahead RBI double in the 12th
inning, plating Gordon of course, and Greg Holland matched the Royals' single-
season record with his 45th save of the campaign.
"Every game, from now to the end of the season, is important for us," Perez
told the Royals' website. "We don't think about what's happening with the
other teams, we just need a win. We can't control the other teams, the only
thing we can control is our game."
Franklin Gutierrez and Michael Saunders scorched back-to-back homers to tie
the game in the eighth for Seattle, which has lost seven of its last nine.
"It's definitely a tough loss," Seager said. "We battled, we played hard and
we came out on the wrong end of it tonight."
Bruce Chen will try to keep the Mariners on the wrong end again tonight. The
Royals lefty has won three of his last four decisions and is coming off a 7-2
victory over the Indians on Wednesday. Chen allowed two runs on four hits and
one walk over five innings.
Chen is 8-3 with a 3.13 earned run average in 32 games this year, making 13
starts since joining the rotation in mid-July.
The 36-year-old did not factor into an outing versus Seattle on Sept. 3,
yielding two runs over six innings. He is 4-1 against the Mariners lifetime
with a 3.21 ERA.
Left-hander James Paxton makes his fourth career start tonight for the M's.
The 24-year-old allowed one earned run, six hits and three walks total over
back-to-back wins against Tampa Bay and St. Louis to begin his career, then
did not get a decision at Detroit on Thursday. Paxton allowed three runs on
five hits and four walks in five innings of work.
The Royals took three of four from the Mariners at home in early September
after losing seven of eight in the season series last year.
09/24 10:33:52 ET