Early on, the Mariners had total control, jumping out to a 5-0 lead. After an RBI single from Kendrys Morales, they got a two-run homer from Justin Smoak (15) to post three runs in the first inning. Smoak would tack on another run in the third with a fly out, allowing Kyle Seager to score on a throwing error. Brad Miller added a sac fly of his own in the fourth to set the five run table.
Mariners starter Joe Saunders started off in good shape, keeping the Royals off the scoreboard early. But his lost his grip in the fifth, and would have a short outing. He left after 4 and 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on 11 hits and allowing a home run. He wouldn't factor into the decision however, as things got hectic in the late innings.
After Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer to get Kansas City on the board, Salvador Perez hit an RBI single to plate a second run. Suddenly the Royals were starting to get a little momentum. But the scoreboard would stay fairly quiet until the bottom of the seventh, when the Royals got started again.
Eric Hosmer doubled home a run, and then crossed the plate himself when Billy Butler singled him home. Justin Maxwell sent Butler to the plate with a sac fly that gave the Royals a 6-5 lead. Those three runs were charged to Brandon Maurer, who was gone after just an inning and a third.
Kansas City would bring in Greg Holland to close things down in the top of the ninth, and was an out away from getting the save. Until Raul Ibanez tied things up with his 26th homer of the year. The Mariners would give Holland a blown save, and force extra innings.
But that would work against them. In the bottom of the 13th, Mike Moustakas dropped a full-count line drive over the right field wall, barely staying fair, to win the game for the Royals. He had come on as a pinch hitter earlier in the game and stayed in at third base, and proved to be the deciding factor in a game that lasted well over four hours.
With the loss, Seattle will return home having split a 4-4 road trip. They will now host the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night, as the Royals will host the Detroit Tigers. The Royals currently are five games out of the Wild Card race, awaiting the results of Thursday night's games.
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