Suzuki Drives, Royals Stall

9 years 2 weeks 1 day ago Friday, September 09 2011 Sep 9, 2011 Friday, September 09, 2011 11:50:56 PM CDT September 09, 2011 in Baseball
By: Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) -- Ichiro Suzuki had four hits, including a homer, to help the Seattle Mariners beat the Kansas City Royals 7-3 on Friday night.

Miguel Olivo and Justin Smoak each added three hits for the Mariners. Olivo fell a single short of the cycle.

Blake Beaven (4-5) gave up three runs in 6 1-3 innings, retiring 13 straight batters during one stretch.

Jeff Francis (5-16) allowed five runs in 3 1-3 innings. It could have been worse had Kansas City right fielder Jeff Francoeur not made an amazing catch in right field, taking a home run away from Seattle second baseman Dustin Ackley in the third inning.

Francoeur jumped, then reached over the wall to catch the deep fly ball. Replays showed the ball ticked off the glove of a fan before landing in Francoeur's, which should have made it a home run. Umpires ruled it was an out.


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