Kennedy, relievers hold down Mariners
The Seattle Mariners managed only four singles and one run — scored on a wild pitch — and it shouldn't be any surprise that they lost Monday at Safeco Field.
Ian Kennedy allowed four hits in 6 2/3 innings and three relievers held the Mariners hitless as Kansas City won the first game of the series, 3-1.
Mike Moustakas and Alex Gordon each hit solo homers off Seattle starter Andrew Moore, the former OSU pitcher who allowed only five hits and three runs while striking out four and walking none in eight innings.
Moustakas' homer put the Royals up 2-0 in the second inning. The Mariners (41-43) got on the board when Kyle Seager scored on a wild pitch by Kennedy in the bottom of the inning.
Gordon's fifth-inning homer provided cushion for the Royals (42-40).
Danny Valencia went 3-for-4 for Seattle. Mike Zunino had the only other hit.
The teams play at 3:40 p.m. Tuesday, with Felix Hernandez (3-2, 4.66) pitching for Seattle opposite Danny Duffy (4-4, 3.54).
Meanwhile, designated hitter Nelson Cruz has been named to the American League All-Star team.