Mariners Drop Royals

By: By DOUG TUCKER, AP Sports Writer
By: By DOUG TUCKER, AP Sports Writer

May 25, 2007

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Ichiro Suzuki and Jose Vidro homered and the Seattle Mariners hit seven doubles in a 10-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night in a game that saw both starters leave with stiff lower backs.

Felix Hernandez (3-2) pitched five strong innings for Seattle in his third start since coming off the disabled list. He gave up an RBI triple to Shane Costa and an RBI double to Alex Gordon in the sixth and was relieved after a lengthy conference on the mound that included assistant trainer Rob Nodine.

The Mariners said he had tightness in the lower back, which was also what the Royals announced about Gil Meche when he left in the fifth.

Meche (3-3) gave up 11 hits and seven runs in 4 1-3 innings, his poorest outing in 11 starts. His ERA climbed from 2.44, third-best in the league, to 3.18.

Suzuki, stretching his hitting streak to 18 games, homered on Meche's second pitch. He and Vidro had RBI singles in the 18-hit attack. The seven doubles were one short of the team record.

By the time they finished batting in the sixth, every Mariner in the starting lineup had at least one hit. Only Richie Sexson did not score. Adrian Beltre and Yuniesky Betancourt both had three hits and Suzuki and Vidro were among five Mariners who had two hits.

Hernandez, who had a one-hit complete-game shutout at Boston in his only other road start this season, gave up seven hits and two runs in 5 1-3 innings.

Sexson made it 2-0 in the second with an RBI double. Jose Lopez had an RBI double and Vidro an RBI single in the fourth. The Mariners took a 10-0 lead with three runs in the sixth on Vidro's homer, consecutive doubles by Jose Guillen and Raul Ibanez and Sexson's RBI single.

Notes

It was the 24th leadoff home run for Ichiro, tying him with Lou Brock for 15th all-time. He also made a terrific running catch of David DeJesus' drive to right-center in the fifth. ... Seattle put LHP Horacio Ramirez on the 15-day DL with left shoulder tendinitis and recalled LHP Jon Huber from Triple-A Tacoma. ... The Royals' 17 triples are tied with Florida for the most in the majors.

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