Royals fall to Mariners
Monday, April 2, 2012
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Back from Japan, the Seattle Mariners needed a few innings on the field to brush off the jetlag and snap out of their slumber.
Miguel Olivo and Kyle Seager hit consecutive home runs during a six-run sixth inning and Seattle rallied past the Kansas City Royals 6-4 Sunday in its first game since opening the regular season at Tokyo Dome.
The Mariners split two midweek games against Oakland in Japan, and their regulars hadn’t played since Thursday. Munenori Kawasaki had three hits for the Mariners, who used six projected starters. He had two hits in the sixth inning alone.
Mike Moustakas homered and hit a two-run double for the Royals, who played their projected opening day lineup. Bruce Chen struck out six and walked one while allowing three hits in four shutout innings, his final tuneup before starting the season opener Friday against the Los Angeles Angels.
“Bruce was dialed in. He just kind of real quickly got to midseason form,” Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. “Using his fastball, changing speeds, keeping the ball down. Another good outing. He’s ready.”
Four earned runs were charged to Royals reliever Tim Collins, who got only two outs. Alcides Escobar had three hits for Kansas City and Jeff Francoeur added two.
The Royals conclude spring training in Arizona with a workout this morning, then play the San Diego Padres in an exhibition game Tuesday night.
“I think we’re ready to go,” Yost said.