KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Brady Singer threw seven strong innings to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 5-1 win over Seattle on Friday night, cutting the Mariners’ lead for the last AL wildcard berth three games.
Without All-Star rookie center fielder Julio Rodriguez, the Mariners lost for the sixth time in eight games. Rodriguez was placed on the 10-day IL just before the game with a lower back strain.
The Orioles’ 6-0 win over Houston shrunk Seattle’s third-wildcard lead over Baltimore to three games. Both clubs have 12 games left in the regular season.
The Mariners made their lone run on Cal Raleigh’s 24th homer in the second. They’ve hit exactly one run in five of their last seven games, all losses.
Singer (10-4), who allowed five hits and batted eight, has won his last six decisions and Kansas City has won each of his nine starts from Aug. 9.
Assisted by two Seattle errors, the Royals went 2-1 with two RBI singles in the third inning from Nate Eaton and MJ Melendez.
Kansas City bet on two more in the fifth, highlighted by Bobby Witt Jr.’s RBI double. Witt leads all major league rookies with 56 extra base hits.
Marco Gonzales (10-15) allowed four runs, three earned, on eight hits over five innings. He lost three direct decisions.
Vinnie Pasquantino had two hits and in two, he had his longest winning streak of the season for the Royals, who have won four straight games.
Seattle recalled Class AAA Tacoma’s OF Taylor Trammell.
Mariners RHP Logan Gilbert (13-6, 3.13 ERA) meets Royals LHP Kris Bubic (2-13, 5.81).
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