Sanchez Shelled Once Again
Associated Press - Tue 06:17 AM 07/17/2012
Seattle Mariners' Casper Wells, center, celebrates his three-run home run with Dustin Ackley, left, in front of Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez, right, during the first inning Monday. (AP)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Casper Wells homered and drove in a career-high five runs, all of them against Jonathan Sanchez, and the Seattle Mariners beat up the Kansas City Royals and their beleaguered starter in a 9-4 victory Monday night.
Justin Smoak also had a two-run homer off Sanchez (1-6), pulled after allowing a season-high seven runs in a season-low 1 1-3 innings. The left-hander who once threw a no-hitter for San Francisco gave up seven hits and a walk before he was yanked to a chorus of boos.
Jason Vargas (9-7) took advantage of the rare output from one of the American League's worst offenses. The left-hander gave up homers to Salvador Perez and Billy Butler, but still managed to last six shaky innings and win his second straight game.