The Mariners couldn't hold a 3-1 lead going into the eighth inning.
Royals 4, Mariners 3 at Peoria Stadium
The Mariners scored three runs in the third inning as Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Matt Hague had RBI singles and Ian Miller plated another run, beating out a potential inning-ending double play. Nieuwenhuis injured himself scoring on Hague’s run-scoring hit and was removed from the game.
Down 3-1 going into the eighth inning, Kansas City tied the game on a two-run homer from Jorge Soler off of right-hander Chase De Jong.
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The Royals took the lead in the top of the ninth against reliever Chasen Bradford. KC’s Jack Lopez reached on a leadoff single and was replaced by pinch-runner Terrence Gore. The Royals bunted Gore to second and he scored easily on a single to right for the go-ahead run.
Kyle Seager went 2-for-3 in the game with a pair of singles. He has seven hits in 11 at-bats this spring. Robinson Cano also had two hits in the game for Seattle.
Player of the game
Mariners starter Mike Leake pitched three scoreless innings, working around three hits and striking out four batters. Leake had runners on first and third with one out in the first inning following back-to-back singles. But he came back to strike out Jorge Soler looking and got Jorge Bonifacio to ground out into a force out to end the inning.
“It was a good outing. It was productive. I liked the change-up today. It had some depth and it was down at 82 mph consistently. I just have to work off that. I was more 84-85ish with my change-up before so I tried to get the motion of the change-up, and the control of your arm with it so you can manipulate the velocity. If I can get it 80-82 mph, I’ll be happy if it’s consistently in that range.” — Leake on his outing.
The Mariners travel to Maryvale to face the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday afternoon. Lefty Marco Gonzales will get the start for Seattle with lefties Marc Rzepczynski and right-handers Dan Altavilla and Shawn Armstrong scheduled to pitch. The Brewers will start right-hander Junior Guerra. First pitch is set for 12:05 p.m. Pacific. The game will be broadcast live on mariners.com and on delay on ESPN 710.