Royals walk-off on Perez double, snap four-game losing streak
KANSAS CITY - Seattle Mariners' starting pitcher James Paxton was cruising along through 7 innings, allowing only four hits and no runs.
The Mariners built a 3-0 lead over the Kansas City Royals after seven and a half innings, thanks to an RBI single by Daniel Robertson, a sacrifice fly off the bat of Ketel Marte and a solo home run from Nelson Cruz.
But Paxton and Seattle ran into trouble in the bottom of the 8th inning.
Paxton allowed a two-run single to Paulo Orlando in the 8th inning that scored Salvador Perez and Cheslor Cuthbert to cut the Mariners' lead to 3-2.
Orlando's big hit was setup by a comebacker to Paxton, who decided to throw to first with runners on first and second base, rather than throw to second base to try and get an inning-ending double play. Instead, the Royals had runners on second and third base with two outs when Orlando delievered the two-run single.
The Royals' timely hitting continued in the bottom of the 9th inning, when Whit Merrifield hit a leadoff double to open the inning, and was followed by Kendrys Morales who reached base on a hit by pitch. After Eric Hosmer struck out swinging for the first out of the inning, Salvador Perez delievered a game-winning two-run double to win the game for the Royals, 4-3.
Royals' relief pitcher Brooks Pounders, who pitched a scoreless 9th inning, got his first major league win.
Mariners' reliever Steve Cishek, who came into the game looking for the save in the 9th inning, took the loss to drop his season record to 2-5.
The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Royals and pushed their record on the season to 44-41. The loss dropped the Mariners to 43-43.
Game two of the Royals' four-game series with the Mariners is set for 7:15 p.m. Friday night. Yordano Ventura is scheduled to start for Kansas City and Hisashi Iwakuma is slated to get the ball for Seattle.