With the help of a two-run homer by Salvador Perez in the 10th, followed by an Alex Gordon RBI single later in the inning, the Kansas City Royals completed the sweep over the Seattle Mariners with a 9-6 victory on Wednesday night. One of the hottest teams in baseball as of late, Kansas City has won for the sixth time in seven games and handed Seattle its seventh straight loss at home.
Perez hit a pitch from lefty James Pazos to the opposite field for his 17th homer of the season, adding to earlier two-run shots by Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain. Mike Minor got the victory by pitching in the ninth, while Kelvin Herrera recorded his 19th save in the 10th inning.
Left-hander Jason Vargas had his worst start of the season against his former club. The first time All-Star invitee matched a season high by allowing six earned runs and the three home runs equaled the number Vargas had allowed in his previous six starts combined. Luckily, the offense picked him up before he could be handed his first loss since May 22nd.
Mariners’ starter Ariel Miranda started out very shaky. He allowed a two-run double to Eric Hosmer and a two-run shot to Moustakas. This was the third straight game and sixth time in eight games Moustakas has gone deep. Miranda was able to settle down, retiring 10 of 11 before a leadoff walk to Gordon opening the fifth. He then made a mistake and left a 3-2 pitch out over the plate, and Lorenzo Cain made him pay by tying the game 6-6.
The Royals will have a day off and then will start a three-game series against the Dodgers on Friday with Jason Hammel on the mound.