Seattle’s lone run came after Vargas exited as James Jones
doubled off Aaron Crow, and Norichika Aoki’s throw from right
field got away to allow Brad Miller to score. Kansas City only
plated one of its runs with a hit despite racking up 16 singles.
Aoki and Hosmer led off the game with singles against Brandon
Maurer (1-1) and Billy Butler’s fielder’s choice plated Aoki.
Hosmer’s sacrifice fly in the third made it 2-0 and the Royals
scored fourth-inning runs on Miller’s throwing error and a
Butler and Perez began the sixth with base hits, and the former
scored later in the frame on Johnny Giavotella’s fielder’s
choice. Cain had Kansas City’s only run-scoring hit of the
night, delivering an eighth-inning single that chased Maurer.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Mariners 3B Kyle Seager (flu) was scratched from
the lineup about 90 minutes before the start. … With 2B Omar
Infante (back) out for the third straight game, the Royals
recalled Giavotella from Triple-A Omaha and optioned RHP Michael
Mariot to the same club. … Maurer allowed six runs (four earned)
and 14 hits in 7 1/3 innings.
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