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Royals’ late surge is not enough to make up for the icy start versus Mariners

The Kansas City Royals lost 6-2 to the Seattle Mariners on Monday evening.

This was the first of three games in the road series, with Kansas City falling to 25-18 (10-10 away) while Seattle climbs to 23-19 (14-9 home).

Seattle’s offense got going early when left fielder Luke Raley launched a two-run, 432-foot homer in the second inning after catcher Cal Raleigh doubled. The bats stayed hot in the third inning, as center fielder Julio Rodriguez, second baseman Jorge Polanco and the aforementioned Raleigh and Raley each singled and drove in two more runs, making it 4-0.

Royals starting pitcher Brady Singer managed to get through a lot of innings with ground-outs, flyouts, line-outs and no less than six strikeouts. But it still wasn’t his best night, as in five innings he allowed four runs on nine hits and a walk on 108 pitches.

Unfortunately, Kansas City’s offense did Singer no favors as they were ice cold all night. Mariners pitcher George Kirby is one of the main reasons for the Royals’ struggles as he has been a strong player from the start. In seven innings, Kirby allowed zero runs on just three hits and zero walks while striking out six on 101 pitches.

Nevertheless, the Royals’ bats finally woke up in the eighth inning against Mariners reliever Ryne
Stanek, second baseman Michael Massey, doubled to left to bring in two runs to make it 4-2. The runners were shortstop Bobby Witt Jr., who grounded into a fielder’s choice after third baseman Maikel Garcia singled, and first baseman Vinnie Pasquantino, who singled earlier.

But the Mariners would make sure the Royals wouldn’t complete the comeback, as after Royals reliever Chris Stratton came in for Angel Zerpa, he allowed a two-run, two-out home run to first baseman Ty France for the dagger.