Royals Earn 3-2 Win In 11th Inning

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals struck in the 11th inning to end the Seattle Mariners' eight-game winning streak, 3-2, as 13,257 fans watched at Kauffman Stadium. The loss came in the managerial debut for John McLaren, who replaced the resigned Mike Hargrove.
Facing Mariners reliever Brandon Morrow, David DeJesus led off the 11th with his third hit, a double. Esteban German walked and Mark Teahen moved up the runners with a sacrifice bunt.

Emil Brown hit a long fly to deep center. Ichiro Suzuki went back for the catch but there was no chance to get DeJesus at the plate.

The Royals came within 90 feet of winning in the ninth inning. German hustled to a one-out double against reliever Eric O'Flaherty. Teahen singled to right but German, fearing a catch, held up long enough that he had to stop at third base.

Sean Green relieved O'Flaherty and struck out pinch-hitter Emil Brown. George Sherrill relieved Green and struck out Alex Gordon. It was on to extra innings.

Ditto in the 10th. John Buck doubled with one out and pinch-runner Fernando Cortez took third on a ground-out. But Joey Gathright struck out against Morrow.

The Mariners threatened against Octavio Dotel in the 11th with two singles but he worked out of the jam.

Gil Meche, the Royals' newly-appointed All-Star pitcher, had a rough first inning. Jose Vidro walked, Raul Ibanez doubled and both scored on Jose Guillen's single.

Those were the only runs Meche gave up, however, before being pulled in the seventh inning. With one out, he walked Yuniesky Betancourt. Jimmy Gobble took over but walked Suzuki on four pitches. Zack Greinke relieved Gobble and got two quick outs.

DeJesus' two runs pulled the Royals even, 2-2. He doubled in the first inning and came home on German's single. Then he drilled a solo home run off Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez in the third inning.

It was DeJesus' fifth homer but his first in 247 at-bats, or since April 25.


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