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Cishek unable to close the door in game one loss to Royals



7/7 at KC by TOM HAYDEN

KAUFFMAN STADIUM, KANSAS CITY, MO. ----

The Mariners were narrowly defeated on Thursday night by the now 44-41 Kansas City Royals by a score of 4-3. The Royals walk-off won on a double to deep center field from KC C Salvador Perez. The hit scored a pair of runs which gave Kansas City the win. RHP closer Steve Cishek suffered a blown save after LHP James Paxton went a full 8.0 innings of the ball game. Offensively, the Mariners did have a decent night however, with great performances from Robinson Canó, Daniel Roberston, and Kyle Seager. With the loss, the M's have fallen to an even .500 on the season at 43-43. Seattle is now 9.5 games in back of the 53-34 Texas Rangers and 3.0 games in back of the 46-40 Houston Astros for standings of the American League West.

Offensively on Thursday night, the Mariners combined to put up 9 hits on KC LHP Danny Duffy and KC RHP Joakim Soria. DH Nelson Cruz (.277 AVG) went 1-4 on the night and connected for his 23rd HR of the 2016 season so far, a solo HR in the eighth inning off of Soria. The homer was Cruz's 58th RBI of the season. 3B Kyle Seager (.280 AVG), RF Franklin Gutierrez (.246 AVG), LF Daniel Robertson (.400 AVG), and 1B Dae-Ho Lee (.291 AVG) each connected for a double on the night for Seattle (Lee- his 4th of season, Robertson- 1st, Seager- 25th, Gutierrez- 6th). LF Daniel Robertson went 2-3 on the night with an RBI to put the M's up early. The RBI was Robertson's first of the year, and his first as a member of the Seattle Mariners. 2B Robinson Canó (.311 AVG) continues to stay hot as he went 2-4 on the night with a pair of hits. In his last 9 plate appearances, Robinson is 5-7 with 2 doubles, 1 HR, 2 walks and 2 RBI. Those are the numbers of an #AllStar, for sure. 3B Kyle Seager also extended his hitting streak to 10 games on Thursday night!

On the mound on Thursday night in Kansas City, LHP James Paxton took the ball for his eighth start of the season. Paxton had himself one solid outing going 8.0 innings full giving up only 2 runs on 7 hits (all earned) while striking out 2 and walking only 1 Royal in his outing. James didn't suffer the loss, so he maintains a W-L record on the season of 2-3 with a 3.91 ERA. Paxton was relieved by RHP closer Steve Cishek who tossed the ninth inning of the ball game. Cishek gave up 2 runs on 2 hits (both earned) while striking out 1 Royal in his outing. Cishek suffered his 5th loss of the season (now has a W-L record of 2-5) and his 5th blown save of the season. Steve on a good note however does have 20 saves so far this season. His ERA is at a 2.84.

The Mariners will look to snap this 4-game losing skid as well as what has been a tough time on the road in the past couple of weeks. It will be RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (8-6, 4.43 ERA) making his seventeenth start of the season for the Mariners after coming off of a great outing in his last start, 7/3 vs BAL. Iwakuma and the M's will face KC RHP Yordano Ventura (6-6, 5.26 ERA). Be sure to catch this one on ROOT Sports NW for watching or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle radio! First pitch start time- 5:15 PM PAC, 8:15 PM ET!

Mariners 365 Notes:

2B Robinson Canó has announced that he will participate in the 2016 #HRDerby on Monday, July 11th 2016 at 5:00 PM PAC, 8:00 PM ET at Petco Park in San Diego, CA. Canó won the derby back in 2011. Robbie is the fourth seed in the bracket-style event and he will face MIA Giancarlo Stanton in the first round. Be sure to catch all of the #HRDerby action on ESPN and follow @Mariners365 on Twitter as I will be tweeting about the event. Let's go Robbie Canó! #TheCANOShow

This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue.

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