Royals Destroy Seattle 17-3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Billy Butler homered and doubled and drove in six runs as Kansas City romped past Seattle 17-3 Tuesday night, handing John McLaren his second loss in two games as Mariners manager.

Butler, who will probably return to the minor leagues when regular DH Mike Sweeney comes off the disabled list, had a three-run home run in the six-run first inning and a bases-loaded double in the four-run second.

The muscular rookie, 21 years and 76 days old, became the youngest player with six RBIs in a game since Alex Rodriguez drove in six for Seattle on May 17, 1996, when he was 20 years, 295 days. Butler also had a single and was 3-for-5 with three runs scored. Butler is also the first rookie to have a six-RBI game this season.

Ryan Feierabend (1-3) allowed 10 runs in just 1 1-3 innings in his seventh major league start. The 21-year-old left-hander's ERA jumped from 6.46 to 9.72 after allowing eight hits, including two home runs. He also had two walks and hit a batter. In his fifth start on June 22, he allowed nine runs in 2 2-3 innings of a 16-1 loss to Cincinnati.

The 17 runs and 16 hits tied the Royals' season highs. It was the most runs the Mariners have allowed all year.

Jason Davis relieved Feierabend with one out in the second inning and gave up six runs -- four earned -- and six hits, two walks, a wild pitch, a hit batter and two balks in 4 1-3 innings.

The Royals loaded the bases in the first on three singles and Butler hit his second major league homer after Alex Gordon got the scoring started with a sacrifice fly. Jason LaRue followed with a solo homer four pitches later.

In the second inning, Feierabend loaded the bases with a single, walk and a hit batter and Butler finally chased the young left-hander with a three-run double.

The Mariners also had their second unusual injury in two days when catcher Kenji Johjima left the game after being hit in the right wrist area by a pitch that glanced off Mark Teahen. The ball caused a contusion of Johjima's right metacarpal, the Mariners said.

Jorge De La Rosa (6-9) won his second straight start, going seven innings and allowing three runs and eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

Every Royals starter scored at least one run and only two, Teahen and Tony Pena Jr. failed to get at least one RBI. Butler reached on shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt's error in the fourth and scored his third run on Ross Gload's two-run single. LaRue and David DeJesus also had two RBIs.

Ichiro Suzuki was 2-for-3 and has hit in 51 of his past 54 games. Jose Vidro, Adrian Beltre and Jose Lopez had RBIs for the Mariners, who have lost two straight after winning their eighth in a row on Sunday, the day Mike Hargrove unexpectedly announced his resignation as manager.


1B Richie Sexson, who left the game in the bottom of the ninth with a contusion of the left thumb, will be out several days. The Mariners are not planning to put him on the DL. ... Gary Thurman, a longtime organization man for Seattle, was named first-base coach by the Mariners' new manager. ... Three Royals were hit by pitches, raising their major league-leading total to 54.

Updated on Tuesday

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