Garcia out-pitched by Lima in M's loss to Royals

This wasn't exactly the way the Mariners wanted to start the second half of the season, losing badly to a young Royals team. Thanks to an Oakland loss, however, the M's remain four games in front in the American League West.

July 17, 2003 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 8 0
Kansas City 0 0 2 1 0 4 0 0 X 7 12 0

WP J. Lima (6-0) 5.1IP 5H 1R 1ER 2BB 5SO 0HR 2.42ERA
LP F. Garcia (9-9) 5IP 8H 6R 6ER 2BB 3SO 1HR 4.66ERA

With each passing game, the 2003 version of the Seattle Mariners seems increasingly similar to the 2002 M's team.

Struggling to push baserunners across homeplate, a familiar problem over the past month, Seattle opened up the second half of the season Thursday night with a disappointing 7-1 loss to the Royals in Kansas City.

The Mariners (58-36) managed eight hits, five coming off of Royals' starter Jose Lima, but scored just once - coming on a RBI single by Dan Wilson in the sixth.

Lima, who spent much of the season in the minor leagues before being recalled in mid-June, gave up five hits and only that one run in 5.1 innings before leaving with a strained groin. The surprising comeback improved the former Houston Astros star to 6-0 mark on the year.

Kansas City (52-41) broke ahead in the early innigs off of Seattle starter Freddy Garcia, then was able to hold on the rest of the way.

Former Mariner Raul Ibanez got the ball rolling for the Royals, putting them ahead 2-0 with a two-RBI double in the third inning.

Promising shortstop Angel Berroa homered an inning later to make it a three-run KC advantage.

Once the M's finally got on the board with a run in the sixth to draw to within 3-1, the Royals answered with a huge sixth run of their own.

The first three runners of the inning reached base off of Garcia before the M's went to the bullpen. In came Aaron Taylor, who could't prevent the runs from scoring, and also was charged with a run credited to himself.

Garcia dropped to 9-9, suffering his third-straight defeat in the month of July.

Jason Grimsley, Curtis Leskanic and Sean Lowe held the M's scoreless over the final 3.2 innings to preserve the win.

Wilson and Ichiro Suzuki led Seattle with two hits apiece. Willie Bloomquist, starting at third in place of Jeff Cirillo after an impressive game on Sunday, went 0-4.

Five Royals - Ibanez, Aaron Guiel, Jarrod Patterson, Angel Berroa and Brent Mayne - had two hits apiece.

Kansas City had 12 hits as a team.

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