American League Game Summary - Kansas City at Seattle
(Sunday, July 29th)
Final Score: Seattle 7, Kansas City 6
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - The 2012 Kansas City Royals season that had so
much promise found yet another low on Sunday.
After Kansas City scored three runs to tie the game in the eighth inning,
Royals pitcher Jose Mijares gave up the winning run on a throwing error to
give the Mariners a 7-6 win and a four-game sweep.
Mike Carp picked up three hits, including a double, which led to the go-ahead
run in the eighth, as the Mariners won for the 10th time in their last 14
Felix Hernandez was in line to win his sixth straight decision after allowing
two runs on five hits in seven innings while striking out six.
"Guys had some good at bats off Felix today," Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer
said. "We came back fighting at the end, just fell short again. It's tough
right now, guys are battling real hard, doing everything we can to get
something going here."
Will Smith tossed a quality start for Kansas City and was let off the hook for
the loss. He gave up three runs on seven hits in six innings while fanning
four and walking none, but the Royals' late blunder sent them to their seventh
loss in eight games.
The Royals rallied for three runs to tie the game in the top of the eighth
after Alcides Escobar singled, stole second and scored on Billy Butler's base
hit. Salvador Perez picked up a base hit and he and Butler moved to second
and third on Oliver Perez's (1-2) wild pitch. Hosmer tied the game with a
ground ball that got through the left side.
Carp started the bottom half of the frame with a fly ball off the left-field
wall. Trayvon Robinson dropped down a perfect sacrifice, which Mijares fired
wide of first base, allowing pinch-runner Munenori Kawasaki to score.
Robinson reached third on a sacrifice and scored when Casper Wells grounded a
base hit past third baseman Yuniesky Betancourt.
Tom Wilhelmsen walked Jarrod Dyson, who later came around to score, but
stranded the tying run at second base to pick up his 14th save in 15 chances.
The Mariners jumped out to a lead in the second inning when Kyle Seager
singled, stole second and scored on a Carp double.
Escobar knocked in Dyson to tie the game in the third after Dyson singled and
advanced to second on a wild pitch.
Seattle re-took the lead in the fourth. Seager and Carp singled before
Robinson lined a double into the left-field corner to plate Seager. Brendan
Ryan lofted a sacrifice fly to center field to score Carp and give Seattle a
"Anytime they score you want to look to come back right away, don't want to
let a little momentum go," Seager said. "We've done a good job this series of
scoring early and then trying to match them when they score."
Kansas City picked up a run in the fifth after Chris Getz singled and Dyson
walked to start the frame. Hernandez allowed a run to score but sat down the
next nine hitters to hold the lead.
Seattle extended its lead in the seventh inning when Seager lined a
two-run single to right field.
Kansas City is 6-21 in its last 27 games...The sweep marks the first time
Seattle has completed a four-game sweep against Kansas City at home in club
history. It was also the M's first home four-game sweep since 2001...Seager
leads the major leagues with 36 two-out RBI.
07/29 20:05:03 ET
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