Early deficit too much for KC to overcome

Seattle swept the short two-game series in Wednesday's businessman special at Kaufman Stadium. They'll head north to Minneapolis for a four-game series against the Twins, a team that in many ways mirrors the Mariners.

Give Jamie Moyer a four-run lead in the opening innings of a game, and the crafty left-hander will do the rest nine times out of 10.

That's what happened Wednesday afternoon at Kaufman Stadium as the Seattle Mariners offense scored once in the first inning and three times in the second, allowing Moyer and the stellar Seattle defense to guide them to a 5-2 victory over Kansas City.

Bret Boone smacked his 13th homerun of the season off of Royals starter Jeremy Affeldt in the first, a line drive that cleared the left field wall. But that was just the beginning.

Up 1-0, Seattle (33-18) added to its lead with clutch hitting from the bottom of the batting order. Mike Cameron led off the inning with a double, and after an out Randy Winn reached via a hit by pitch. Jeff Cirillo brought Cameron home with a single to make it 2-0. Then, catcher Dan Wilson plated both Winn and Cirillo with a bases-clearing double.

A day after backup catcher Ben Davis' three-RBI performance at the plate, Wilson led the Mariners with three hits and three RBI.

The lead was more than enough for Moyer (8-2, who limited the young Royals lineup to four hits and two runs in seven innings of work.

The first Kansas City (26-24) run came in questionable fashion. With one out in the fifth inning, catcher Mike Difelice doubled to right-center after it appeared Moyer had struck him out. Rookie shortstop Angel Berroa stepped up to the dish and doubled hom Difelice.

Mike Sweeney added a solo homer to center off of Moyer in the sixth for the Royals only other run of the game.

Jeff Nelson came on to pitch a scoreless eighth, and Kazuhiro Sasaki shut down the Royals in the ninth to record his eighth save.

Affeldt got the loss after giving up eight hits and five runs in six innings. He dropped to 3-3 on the year.


Game Notes

Take a picture, it'll last longer: Ichiro (0-5) and Edgar Martinez (0-4) combined to go 0-9 with five strikeouts. Ichiro uncharacteristically fanned three times, Edgar twice.


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