KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Dee Gordon helped Seattle with his bat and his glove.
The Mariners are making good progress at this time.
Mariners beat the Royals, 6-3: Box score
Gordon received three hits and drove in two runs as the best record for Seattle's best baseball score with a 6-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.
Jay Bruce hit his seventh homer in the first inning of the American League, extending the Mariners' chain to 13 games at the start of the season with at least one homer, matching the Detroit Tigers in 2017. The Cleveland Indians of 2002 ( 14 games) is the only team since 1908 that opened the season with more games with homers.
Seattle also matched the St. Louis Cardinals 2000 with the most home runs (33) in their first 13 games.
"Our lineup, from top to bottom, has been really good," manager Scott Servais said. "We had a home run before and I say" just a home run "because we're used to more, we were able to add some late runs, which was very useful."
The Mariners improved to 11-2 and have scored at least five runs in 12 of those games. The Royals lost their eighth consecutive.
Gordon hit a single and scored in Bruce's career in the third. He hit a two-run single in the fourth and scored a single in the sixth.
Gordon also made a couple of good plays on the field. He said he's happy to spend more time at second base after playing four different positions last season.
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"I like to play second base," he said. "That's my job, we're not always going to score a lot of races, we're going to have some very close contests and you have to play defensively."
Kansas City manager Ned Yost said Gordon was the difference for Seattle.
"Four times we had opportunities there that were right there," he said. All four, Dee Gordon. We just hit them right where he could barely reach them. "
Whit Merrifield extended his hitting streak to 30 games, tying a Royals record set by George Brett in 1980. He led the bottom of the first with a triple from the opposite field to stretch a streak that began on September 10 and included the last Games of the season.
"There's a lot of genuine happiness and joy for me, which was special to share that moment with these guys," Merrifield said. "But, it's special to do something that one of the greatest of all time has done, my eye is not in George's record, we have more games left."
The speedy Billy Hamilton scored from second base on a sacrifice fly when Seattle's Mallex Smith fell into the deep midfield by catching Adalberto Mondesi's drive, becoming 2 in third place.
Marco Gonzales (4-0) allowed two earned runs in more than six innings. Anthony Swarzak pitched the ninth for his second save twice.
Jakob Junis (1-1) allowed four runs in four innings. Richard Lovelady, the fourth pitcher of the Royals, pitched a perfect eighth inning in his major league debut.
Mariners: INF Tim Beckham remained out of the starting lineup with tension in his right thigh. He modified it in the Mariners' 12-5 victory over the White Sox on Sunday. Manager Scott Servais said the decision to resist Beckham was taken by the training staff. "Beckham feels better today," he said. "I could probably go out and start the ball game tonight."
Real: PHI Danny Duffy and Brian Flynn remain in the IL for 10 days with different arm problems. Kansas City manager Ned Yost said they are "fine" in their rehabilitation, but they would not do it any more.
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Sailors RHP Chasen Bradford was placed in the IL for 10 days with shoulder inflammation. "We've used it a lot before," Servais said. "He's our kind of person to go to. You know what you'll get when Chasen comes out, it was very effective, we took him a couple of tickets last night, he came in after the game and he said he felt a little sore, tight. It has a bit of restricted range of motion, probably three, four, maybe five days, with the 10-day DL, let's give it time to do it right, it's April 9, so we have time. " He was replaced on the list by RHP Erik Swanson, who will make his Major League debut in his first appearance.
The Royals recalled RHP Heath Fillmyer and purchased the Lovelady contract from Triple-A Omaha. RHP Kevin McCarthy and LHP Tim Hill were chosen for Omaha. Lovelady is on the major league list for the first time in his career. "This is everything I've always dreamed of," Lovelady said before Tuesday's game. He discovered it after getting off the plane in Omaha after a road trip when the manager of Stormchasers, Brian Poldberg, called him and asked him to return to claim his luggage. When he returned, Poldberg said, "They need you." Lovelady asked: "What are you talking about?" When Poldberg told him he was heading to Kansas City, he said he "lost the words and started crying."
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Mariners: LHP Yusei Kikuchi (0-0, 4.02 ERA) will get the start for the Mariners in the second game of the four-game series. It will be the first time that Kikuchi launches with four days of rest, unlike the five days of rest to which he is accustomed in Japanese baseball.
Royals: He had not named a starter for Wednesday's game, although that place could correspond to Fillmyer, who pitched 17 games (13 starts) with the Royals in 2018, compiling a 4-2 record with a 4.26 ERA.