Seattle 7, Kansas City 6

Boxscore | Recap
Sunday, July 29, 2012 4:10 PM
Location - Safeco Field
Temperature - 65°
Umpires - Home Plate - Lance Barrett, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Jordan Baker,
Attendance - 19402

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Kansas City 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 3 1 6 10 1
Seattle 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 2 7 12 1

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Kansas City 41-60 17-30 24-30 L5
Seattle 47-57 22-29 25-28 W4

Recap

Mariners 7, Royals 6: A throwing error by Kansas City reliever Jose Mijares allowed the go-ahead run to score as Seattle completed its first four-game sweep in seven years.

Mike Carp led off the bottom of the eighth with a double against Mijares (2-2) and Trayvon Robinson followed with a nifty bunt down the third-base line. Mijares fielded the ball and threw wildly to first as pinch runner Munenori Kawasaki easily scored from second. Casper Wells added an RBI single later in the inning.

Tom Wilhelmsen allowed a run in the ninth before striking out Lorenzo Cain to wrap up his 14th save in 16 opportunities as Seattle recovered after an eighth-inning bullpen meltdown that prevented Felix Hernandez from notching his sixth consecutive victory.

Hernandez allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings in his latest strong effort and departed with a three-run lead. He was seeking his sixth straight victory but the Seattle bullpen collapsed and allowed three two-out runs.

Brandon League allowed three hits – including Billy Butler’s RBI single – and Oliver Perez (1-2) gave up a two-run bouncing single to left field to Eric Hosmer as Kansas City tied the game at 5-5.

Seattle appeared to be in good shape when Kyle Seager slapped a two-run, two-out single in the bottom of the seventh to provide a 5-2 lead.

Seager and Carp – who had a run-scoring double in the first – each had three hits as the Mariners improved to 7-1 against the Royals this season and swept a four-game set for the first time since July 7-10, 2005 against the Angels.

Alcides Escobar drove in three runs for Kansas City, which has lost five consecutive games.

Royals starter Will Smith allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Seager leads the majors with 36 two-out RBIs. … Royals 3B Mike Moustakas sat out after injuring his right knee on Saturday. … Hernandez struck out six to raise his American League-leading strikeout total to 153 and overtake Washington’s Stephen Strasburg for most in the majors. … Butler went 1-for-3 and is 10-for-17 over his last five contests.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Kansas City   Seattle
Will Smith Player Felix Hernandez
No Decision W/L No Decision
6.0 IP 7.0
4 Strikeouts 6
7 Hits 5
4.50 ERA 2.57
Hitting
Kansas City   Seattle
Eric Hosmer Player Mike Carp
2 Hits 3
2 RBI 1
0 HR 0
2 TB 5
.500 Avg .750

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Kansas City 10 0 10 .278 14 10 6 3 2 1
Seattle 12 0 16 .353 20 6 6 2 1 1

Upcoming Games

  • Seattle will play their next game at home against Toronto. The Mariners have a W/L % of .404 after a win and .491 after a loss.
  • Kansas City will play their next game at home against Cleveland. The Royals have a W/L % of .429 after a win and .390 after a loss.