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Wilson, Sweeney pace M’s victory

Mariners designated hitter Mike Sweeney singles in the second inning Friday. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
Mariners designated hitter Mike Sweeney singles in the second inning Friday. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
Gregg Bell Associated Press

SEATTLE – Fill-in Josh Wilson had his first three-RBI game in more than two years, and former Royals All-Star Mike Sweeney burned his old team with a hustle play to score one of his two runs in the Seattle Mariners’ 6-3 victory over Kansas City on Friday night.

Mariners ace Felix Hernandez was far from sharp, throwing first-pitch strikes to only 11 of the 27 batters he faced in seven so-so innings.

Yet Hernandez (13-5) allowed the lowly Royals just five hits and three runs. He walked one and struck out six in his first win since Aug. 1, following three no-decisions and a loss.

Sean White pitched a perfect eighth. David Aardsma allowed a leadoff single in the ninth before finishing for his 31st save in 35 chances to keep Seattle 7 1/2 games behind front-running Boston in the A.L. wild-card race.

Mariners slugger Russell Branyan left the game before the fifth inning. The team announced Branyan felt a “tweak” in his back while checking his swing during his second and final at-bat, a strikeout in the third inning. He will be re-evaluated today.

Wilson and Kansas City’s defense hurt Royals starter Brian Bannister (7-11). Branyan dropped a tricky bunt single down the third-base line in the second inning to beat a shift, and Sweeney singled. They both advanced on a wild pitch by Bannister. Bill Hall and Wilson then had consecutive RBI groundouts.

Wilson got help on his. Sweeney, the designated hitter in place of ailing Ken Griffey Jr., took off after Bannister threw to first on Wilson’s tapper back to the mound. Sweeney belly flopped past Olivo’s tag and then popped up so excitedly his batting helmet flew off.

An error by third baseman Mark Teahen, who let Jose Lopez’s chopper go under his glove, allowed Franklin Gutierrez to score with two outs in the third to put Seattle up 3-1.

After a single by Sweeney and double by Hall began the bottom of the fourth, Wilson singled to make it 5-1.

David DeJesus doubled home Kansas City’s first run in the third. DeJesus doubled in the fifth, and rookie Mitch Maier then hit a 2-2 slider from Hernandez into the right-field seats for his second career home run.

Kyle Farnsworth walked Sweeney to force in Jack Hannahan and give Seattle its 6-3 lead in the seventh.

Notes

Seattle OF Ichiro Suzuki missed his fifth consecutive game with tightness in his calf. Manager Don Wakamatsu isn’t sure the nine-time All-Star will play this weekend. … 3B Adrian Beltre (bruised testicle) became eligible to come off the disabled list, but likely won’t be ready until Tuesday.

Mariners 6, Royals 3

Kansas City AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
DeJesus lf 4 1 2 1 0 0 .275
Maier rf 4 1 1 2 0 2 .241
Butler 1b 4 0 0 0 0 0 .296
Jacobs dh 4 0 1 0 0 1 .233
Callaspo 2b 4 0 0 0 0 0 .290
Teahen 3b 4 0 1 0 0 1 .279
Olivo c 3 0 0 0 1 2 .241
Y.Betancourt ss 3 0 0 0 0 1 .237
J.Anderson cf 3 1 1 0 0 0 .244
Totals 33 3 6 3 1 7
Seattle AB R H BI BB SO Avg.
F.Gutierrez cf 3 1 0 0 1 1 .290
Hannahan 3b-1b 4 1 1 0 0 2 .214
Jo.Lopez 2b 4 0 1 0 0 0 .271
Branyan 1b 2 1 1 0 0 1 .251
M.Saunders lf 1 0 0 0 1 0 .230
M.Sweeney dh 3 2 2 1 1 0 .261
Hall rf-3b 4 1 1 1 0 1 .308
Jo.Wilson ss 4 0 1 3 0 0 .318
Langerhans lf-rf 4 0 0 0 0 2 .211
Ro.Johnson c 4 0 0 0 0 1 .226
Totals 33 6 7 5 3 8
Kansas City 001 020 000—3 6 2
Seattle 021 200 10x—6 7 0

E—Teahen (12), Butler (9). LOB—Kansas City 4, Seattle 6. 2B—DeJesus (25), Hall (3). HR—Maier (2), off F.Hernandez. RBIs—DeJesus (62), Maier 2 (21), M.Sweeney (24), Hall (5), Jo.Wilson 3 (8). SB—Teahen (7), J.Anderson (16), F.Gutierrez (11). RLISP—Kansas City 2 (Y.Betancourt, Jacobs); Seattle 2 (Hall 2). RMU—Butler, Hall, Jo.Wilson.

Kansas City IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Bannister L, 7-11 6 2/3 7 6 5 2 6 4.60
Farnsworth 1 1/3 0 0 0 1 2 5.40
Seattle IP H R ER BB SO ERA
F.Hernandez W, 13-5 7 5 3 3 1 6 2.77
White H, 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.80
Aardsma S, 31-35 1 1 0 0 0 1 2.26

IR-S—Farnsworth 3-1. WP—Bannister 2. T—2:32. A—26,714 (47,878).

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