The Kansas City Royals capped their 10-game winning streak last Wednesday with a victory over the Detroit Tigers, only to begin a four-game losing streak punctuated by a sweep at home by the Seattle Mariners.
Sunday, the Mariners won 2-1 against the suddenly punchless Royals, as Roenis Elias (7-5, 3.74) beat Yordano Ventura (5-6, 3.20). Fernando Rodney (1-3, 2.08) picked up his twenty-first save, and his third in as many games in the Royals’ home stand.
The Royals didn’t produce any extra-base hits, and manufactured their only run on back-to-back singles by Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez, followed later in the inning by a sacrifice fly by Justin Maxwell.
The Mariners tied the game in the fifth with doubles by Mike Zunino and former Royals Willie Bloomquist. They took the lead in the seventh with a booming lead off home run by Mike Zunino that cleared the left field bullpen. Zunino, evidently, likes hitting at the K. His home run Friday to left is still requesting permission to land.
Suddenly, the Royals’ once 1.5-game lead in the American League Central is now gone, and they are looking up at the Tigers who are 2.5 game ahead in the standings.
NOTABLES: I’m still looking…
NEXT: The Royals better get used to good pitching. Monday night, Zack Greinke (9-3, 2.57) comes to the K to face off against Jeremy Guthrie (4-6, 3.86). Tuesday, Clayton Kershaw (7-2, 2.52) tries to go Johnny Vander Meer on the Royals as he faces Danny Duffy (4-6, 2.80).
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