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Mariners break out the offense, pound Royals

Apr 16, 2008 - 4:00 AM SEATTLE (Ticker) -- The Seattle Mariners' middle infield used Tuesday's battle with the Kansas City Royals to perfect the art of the sacrifice fly, resulting in the club's best offensive output of the season.

Jose Lopez tied a major league record with three sacrifice flies and Yuniesky Betancourt added two more as the Mariners cruised to an 11-6 win over the Royals.

Kenji Johjima continued to break out of his early-season slump, going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two runs scored and two RBI for Seattle, which snapped a two-game slide.

"We did a lot of little things today," Mariners manager John McLaren said. "We added on runs, which was very positive. The guys are swinging the bats better.

"We had runners at third and got a sacrifice fly, and runners at second and got them over, an occasional stolen base. I was very pleased with the way the offense responded today."

The Mariners tied a team record with five sacrifice flies in the contest and managed more than eight runs in a game for the first time this season.

"That's pretty cool," Lopez said after learning he had earned a spot in the record book. "In those situations, I'm just looking for one pitch to hit hard for a base hit."

McLaren said his second baseman, who made the All-Star team two years ago but struggled last season, is a changed man.

"His focus has been tremendous," McLaren said. "He came into spring training and was in a good mood and worked hard, and he's getting better and better."

Kansas City opened the scoring in the top of the first with its own sacrifice fly as Billy Butler plated David DeJesus for a 1-0 edge.

But Seattle responded in kind in the bottom of the frame as Lopez knocked in his first run with a fly ball to left field.

The Mariners added two more runs in the second inning and one in the third to push the lead to 4-1.

The Royals got to Mariners starter Miguel Batista (1-2) in the fourth, plating three runs on Alex Gordon's RBI groundout and a pair of run-scoring singles to tie the contest at 4-4. But Seattle put away the game with two runs in the bottom of the frame and three more in the fifth.

Batista made it through five innings to notch the win, allowing four runs and seven hits while walking two and striking out one.

"My velocity was better today than it was in Tampa (during his last start), and my command, too," Batista said.

Kansas City, which leads the major leagues in fewest runs allowed and was coming off back-to-back 5-1 complete-game wins, got just three innings out of starter John Bale (0-3). The lefthander was charged with five runs and seven hits.

"They did a good job of getting their leadoff batter on every inning, especially when you get leadoff doubles," Bale said. "You get them on, you get them over and you get them in. They had four or five sacrifice flies, so they did a good job of doing that."

"The pitching just wasn't there today for anyone," Royals manager Trey Hillman said. "At the start, the ball wasn't coming out of John's hand right. Things just kind of snowballed in the bullpen after (Hideo) Nomo came in."

Butler went 0-for-3 to end his 13-game hitting streak, but shortstop Tony Pena Jr. went 4-for-7 in the two-game series to rebound from an 0-for-23 slump.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    KANSAS CITY 1 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 6 12 0
    SEATTLE 1 2 1 2 4 0 1 0 x 11 13 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: KAN - JOHN BALE, HIDEO NOMO (4TH), RON MAHAY (5TH), YASUHIKO YABUTA
    (6TH), JIMMY GOBBLE (7TH), JOAKIM SORIA (8TH) AND JOHN BUCK
    SEA - MIGUEL BATISTA, RYAN ROWLAND-S

    Apr 15 10:08 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY JOSE LOPEZ SCORED KENJI JOHJIMA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, I SUZUKI ON FIRST, W BLOOMQUIST ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 6
    SEATTLE 11 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: R IBANEZ (.298, 1-FOR-4, RBI)

    Royals 6, Mariners 11  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 15 9:43 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DAVID DEJESUS SCORED TONY PENA.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, D DEJESUS ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 6
    SEATTLE 10 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: M GRUDZIELANEK (.310, 1-FOR-3)

    Royals 6, Mariners 10  Top 6, 0 OutsApr 15 9:09 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY TONY PENA SCORED JOHN BUCK.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, T PENA ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 5
    SEATTLE 10 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: D DEJESUS (.286, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Royals 5, Mariners 10  Top 6, 0 OutsApr 15 9:07 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOSE LOPEZ SCORED WILLIE BLOOMQUIST.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, J LOPEZ ON FIRST, I SUZUKI ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 4
    SEATTLE 10 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: R IBANEZ (.304, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Royals 4, Mariners 10  Bot 5, 0 OutsApr 15 8:56 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY YUNIESKY BETANCOURT SCORED RICHIE SEXSON.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, W BLOOMQUIST ON FIRST, K JOHJIMA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 4
    SEATTLE 9 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: I SUZUKI (.290, 2-FOR-3)

    Royals 4, Mariners 9  Bot 5, 0 OutsApr 15 8:50 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY KENJI JOHJIMA SCORED ADRIAN BELTRE AND JOSE
    VIDRO.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, K JOHJIMA ON SECOND, R SEXSON ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 4
    SEATTLE 8 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: W BLOOMQUIST (.500, 2-FOR-2, RBI)

    Royals 4, Mariners 8  Bot 5, 0 OutsApr 15 8:44 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY JOSE LOPEZ SCORED WILLIE BLOOMQUIST.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, Y BETANCOURT ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 4
    SEATTLE 6 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: R IBANEZ (.309, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Royals 4, Mariners 6  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 15 8:22 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY YUNIESKY BETANCOURT SCORED KENJI JOHJIMA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, Y BETANCOURT ON SECOND, W BLOOMQUIST ON
    THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 4
    SEATTLE 5 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: I SUZUKI (.295, 2-FOR-2)

    Royals 4, Mariners 5  Bot 4, 0 OutsApr 15 8:19 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY TONY PENA SCORED ROSS GLOAD.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, T PENA ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 4
    SEATTLE 4 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: D DEJESUS (.286, 1-FOR-2)

    Royals 4, Mariners 4  Top 4, 0 OutsApr 15 8:02 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ROSS GLOAD SCORED JOSE GUILLEN.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, R GLOAD ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 3
    SEATTLE 4 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: J BUCK (.211, 0-FOR-1)

    Royals 3, Mariners 4  Top 4, 0 OutsApr 15 7:57 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY ALEX GORDON SCORED BILLY BUTLER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J GUILLEN ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 2
    SEATTLE 4 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: R GLOAD (.325, 0-FOR-1)

    Royals 2, Mariners 4  Top 4, 0 OutsApr 15 7:56 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RAUL IBANEZ SCORED ICHIRO SUZUKI.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R IBANEZ ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 1
    SEATTLE 4 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: A BELTRE (.275, 0-FOR-1)

    Royals 1, Mariners 4  Bot 3, 0 OutsApr 15 7:43 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY YUNIESKY BETANCOURT SCORED RICHIE SEXSON.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, W BLOOMQUIST ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 1
    SEATTLE 3 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: I SUZUKI (.283, 1-FOR-1)

    Royals 1, Mariners 3  Bot 2, 0 OutsApr 15 7:25 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY WILLIE BLOOMQUIST SCORED JOSE VIDRO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, W BLOOMQUIST ON FIRST, R SEXSON ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 1
    SEATTLE 2 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: Y BETANCOURT (.286, 0 HR, 2 RBI)

    Royals 1, Mariners 2  Bot 2, 0 OutsApr 15 7:23 PM


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    AT SEATTLE - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY JOSE LOPEZ SCORED ICHIRO SUZUKI.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 1
    SEATTLE 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: R IBANEZ (.302, 5 HR, 13 RBI)

    Royals 1, Mariners 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 15 7:03 PM


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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    KANSAS CITY 1 1 2 0
    SEATTLE 0 0 0 (BOT 1)

    CURRENT PITCHERS: KAN - JOHN BALE
    SEA - MIGUEL BATISTA

    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: I SUZUKI (.271, 1 HR, 4 RBI)
    J LOPEZ (.308, 2 HR, 9 RBI)
    R IBANEZ (.302, 5 HR, 13 RBI)

    Royals 1, Mariners 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 15 6:56 PM
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    Royals vs. MarinersApr 15 4:23 PM