Royals Fall To Mariners 4-0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Jarrod Washburn scattered five hits and John McLaren finally got his first win as Seattle manager in the Mariners' 4-0 victory over Kansas City on Thursday night.

The Royals, after banging out 16 hits for 17 runs the night before, were almost completely handcuffed by Washburn, who won his third straight start and raised his career record against Kansas City to 8-4.

Washburn yielded a single and a walk to start the ninth before giving way to J.J. Putz, who got Shane Costa to ground out and Alex Gordon to hit into a double-play for his 24th save in as many chances.

Adrian Beltre and Jose Guillen each had three hits and drove in two runs. Guillen was 3-for-4 with two singles and a triple and Beltre was 3-for-4 with two singles and a double.

Handed a 4-0 lead in the first inning, Washburn struck out five and didn't walk a batter until Mark Teahan in the ninth.

Esteban German doubled with one out in the first, and turned out to be the only Kansas City batter to get as far as second. Billy Butler had a two-out single in the fifth, David DeJesus singled with one out in the sixth and Tony Pena Jr. reached with a two-out single in the eighth.

Ichiro Suzuki, who entered the game hitting .369 and tied with Detroit's Magglio Ordonez for the major league lead, singled leading off the game against Brian Bannister and was 1-for-4, lowering his average to .368.

After Jose Vidro walked, both scored on Guillen's two-run single.

Ben Broussard drew the second walk of the inning and Beltre's double made it 4-0.

Bannister (5-5), who won five games in six decisions in June and was named AL rookie of the month, got roughed up for four hits and four runs in the first inning but pitched six shutout frames after that. He was relieved starting the eighth by Jimmy Gobble.

DeJesus almost made a spectacular running catch of Guillen's two-out drive to center in the eighth, catching the ball as he banged into the wall. But the ball popped out of his glove and Guillen easily made it to third for a triple. Gobble got Ben Broussard on a pop fly to end the inning.


Royals DH Mike Sweeney will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Thursday. He had been hoping to come off the DL late this week. ... Mariners C Kenji Johjima had a big bandage on his right hand but was feeling much better after getting struck by a pitched ball the night before. The ball hit a metal plate implanted hand seven years ago and probably kept him from breaking his hand, the Mariners said. ... Seattle has won the season series against the Royals for the eighth year in a row. ... DeJesus stretched his hitting streak to 11 games, tied for best on the Royals this year.

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