Mariners Hold Off Royals
Associated Press - Wed 06:14 AM 07/18/2012
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Justin Smoak and Michael Saunders each hit two-run homers and the Seattle Mariners beat the Kansas City Royals 9-6 Tuesday night.
Every Mariners starter had at least one hit. Jesus Montero went 3 for 4 and drove in two runs.
Smoak homered with Montero aboard in the three-run first inning. It was the second straight game Smoak homered in the first. Montero's double scored Casper Wells with the first run.
Saunders homered in the fifth inning off Vin Mazzaro after Miguel Olivo singled.
The Mariners scored three more runs in the second inning to chase left-hander Ryan Verdugo, who was making his big league debut. Kyle Seager doubled home two runs, while Montero singled in the other run.