06/19 21:03 CDT Santana has 2 HRs, 5 RBIs in Mariners' 8-2 win over Royals
Santana has 2 HRs, 5 RBIs in Mariners' 8-2 win over Royals
By CHRIS TALBOTT
SEATTLE (AP) --- Domingo Santana hit two home runs in a game for the third time
this season, Marco Gonzales won his third straight start and the Seattle
Mariners avoided an embarrassing series sweep with an 8-2 victory over the
Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.
Santana, who had five RBIs, and Daniel Vogelbach hit back-to-back homers in the
first inning to give the Mariners a 4-0 lead and they went on to snap Kansas
City's three-game winning streak. The Mariners had been outscored 15-4 by the
Royals in the first two games of a series between last-place teams.
Seattle jumped on starter Brad Keller (3-9) immediately. Mallex Smith doubled
to open the bottom of the first and J.P. Crawford walked before Santana hit his
first home run of the day to left-center field. Vogelbach followed with his
18th of the season, off the Hit It Here Caf in the second deck.
It was the eighth time this year the Mariners, second in the majors in homers,
have gone back-to-back.
Seattle showed some of the small-ball potential of its new young lineup in the
fourth after Dylan Moore singled to start the inning. Keller hit Smith with a
pitch, then gave up run-scoring singles to Crawford and Santana before
Vogelbach's sacrifice fly made it 7-1.
Keller didn't return for the fifth after giving up nine hits and throwing 97
Santana added a solo home run, his 15th of the season, in the sixth and
finished with three hits. The top three batters in the order --- Smith,
Crawford and Santana --- each scored two runs.
Gonzales (8-6) scattered six hits over 6 2/3 innings, striking out five. It was
his third straight victory after going 0-6 in his previous seven outings.
An MRI showed nothing out of the ordinary in RHP Felix Hernandez's injured
shoulder, Seattle manager Scott Servais said. The 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner
is expected to begin working out again soon. Servais said Hernandez could pick
up a ball in a few days for light tossing. Hernandez left a minor league
appearance Friday night after experiencing fatigue in his shoulder and strained
lat. He'll throw bullpens before making another minor league start.
Royals: SS Adalberto Mondesi was out of the lineup with tightness in his right
groin. He's day to day.
Mariners: RHP Sam Tuivailala threw 30 pitches Tuesday in his first bullpen
since taking a step back in his return from Achilles tendon surgery. The
reliever said he didn't feel any of the muscle tightness in his arm that
sidetracked his return last month. Tuivailala will report to Class A Everett
where he will work out of the bullpen for three or more games until he earns a
move to Triple-A Tacoma, Servais said.
Royals: RHP Glenn Sparkman (1-3, 4.01 ERA) will face the Twins on Thursday
night for the second time this week after giving up five runs and five hits in
five innings of a loss last Saturday.
Mariners: Servais said he will likely use an opener Thursday and then turn to
Wade LeBlanc (3-2, 6.20 ERA) in the series opener against Baltimore.
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