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Seager's three-run jack not enough in loss to Royals

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

7/9 at KC by TOM HAYDEN

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

KC RHP Edison Volquez retired the first 11 batters he faced on Saturday afternoon at Kauffman stadium, so at that point, being a Mariners fan it seemed like it was going to be a rough one. 3B Kyle Seager made things interesting as he launched his 18th home run of the season, a 3-run homer to center, over 400 feet to tie the ball game up at 3 in the top of the fourth inning. The Mariners however went 2-8 with runners in scoring position and stranded 6 on base throughout the day. With the loss, the Mariners have fallen back to an even W-L record of 44-44 on the season. Seattle trails the 54-35 Texas Rangers 9.5 games and the 47-41 Houston Astros by 3.0 games in the American League West standings. The M's are also 5.0 games in back of an American League Wild Card spot. 

Offensively on Saturday afternoon, the Mariners were able to put up 3 runs on 8 hits. 3B Kyle Seager extended his hitting streak to 12 games as he went 2-4 on the afternoon with a pair of hits and 3 RBI by way of his 3-run blast in fourth inning off of KC RHP Edison Volquez. Seager (.285 AVG) is certainly entering the All-Star break on fire. His 59 RBI is a new team high, and he now also has 18 homers on the season, the highest he has ever had in his career in the first half of a season. Also contributing offensively for Seattle were RF Nelson Cruz (.280 AVG) and SS Ketel Marte (.268 AVG). Both Cruz and Marte had 2-hit days at the plate. Cruz scored a run in a 2-3 day at the plate and notched his 17th double of the season while Marte went 2-4 at the plate on the day. For All-Star 2B Robinson Canó (.312 AVG), he extended his hit streak to 7 games with a base hit in a 1-4 day at the plate. 

On the mound on Saturday afternoon, LHP Wade Miley made his sixteenth start of the 2016 season. Miley went 5.1 innings giving up 4 runs on 10 hits (all earned) while walking 2 and striking out 4 Royals on the afternoon. Wade suffered his sixth loss of the season, and is now .500 with a W-L record of 6-6. Miley now has an ERA of 5.44 on the season. RHP Tom Wilhelmsen (9.12 ERA) and LHP Vidal Nuño (3.34 ERA) tossed the next 2.2 innings in relief of Miley. Wilhelmsen went 1.0 inning giving up no runs on no hits while striking out 1 Royal. For Vidal Nuño, he went 1.2 innings giving up 1 run on 2 hits (earned) while striking out 1 in his outing. Nuño gave up a solo home run to KC C Salvador Perez in the bottom of the seventh inning which gave Kansas City a 5-3 lead. 

WHAT'S NEXT? :

The Mariners will now try to even up this series at 2 games a piece what is the final game of the first half of the 2016 season. Time is certainly flying by, that's for sure. Be sure to catch this one on ROOT Sports NW for watching or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle radio as LHP Mike Montgomery will make his first appearance of 2016 as a starter. Montgomery started in 16 games last year for the M's, until being transferred to the bull pen over this past off season. This year so far as a reliever, Montgomery is 2-3 with a 2.15 ERA in 50.1 innings pitched in 30 appearances. Mike is now in the starting role starting this Sunday to fill the absence of RHP Taijuan Walker who is on the 15-day DL with right foot tendinitis. Montgomery (2-3, 2.15 ERA) and the M's will face KC RHP Dillon Gee (3-2, 4.05 ERA). First pitch start time is set for 11:15 AM PAC, 2:15 PM ET! Be sure to tune in for the final game of the first half of 2016 before a fun week of All-Star filled events. 

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

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