PEORIA, Ariz. – With afternoon rain in the forecast Monday, the Mariners took the unusual step of moving up the start time for their game against Kansas City by one hour.
This is what happens when you mess with Mother Nature.
Veteran right-hander Yovani Gallardo gave up four runs in the first inning and, after the Mariners pulled themselves back into the game, lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski gave up six runs in the third inning.
The rain did come and halted play after the seventh inning with Kansas City leading 14-3. That’s how it ended.
Gallardo worked himself into one-out trouble in the first inning by hitting Paulo Orlando with a 1-2 pitch. Lorenzo Cain then drew a walk before Eric Hosmer grounded a double off the glove of second baseman Taylor Motter.
Salvy Perez’s two-run double past third made it 3-0. Brandon Moss followed with an RBI single.
“The first time out, you’re excited to get out there,” Gallardo said, “but you also have to control your emotions and the excitement. It started when I hit Orlando. I tried to throw a curve, and it just slipped out of my hand.
“Then I let everything get on me a little bit.”
The Mariners got one run back in their first on Jean Segura’s double but got nothing more despite putting runners at first and second with no outs.
Nick Vincent replaced Gallardo to start the second inning and got two quick outs before yielding a homer to Paulo Orlando.
The Mariners clawed back to 5-3 on Segura’s two-run homer in the second inning, but Kansas City rocked Rzepczynski for six runs in the third inning. Perez and Pete O’Brien hit two-run homers.
“He got ahead in the count on a lot of guys,” manager Scott Servais said. “It was just a lot of bad pitches. Balls up in the middle of the plate with two strikes, and they didn’t miss them.”
Seattle’s Jarrod Dyson went 1 for 3 with a run in his first game against his former club.
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