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Mariners split crucial Sunday doubleheader with Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Nelson Cruz helped Seattle quickly build a big lead. Then the Mariners kept going to their bullpen to protect it.

Cruz homered twice and drove in four runs as the Mariners held off the Kansas City Royals 8-7 Sunday in the first game of a doubleheader

Cruz, Danny Valencia and Kyle Seager homered in the first two innings as the Mariners took a 7-0 lead off Danny Duffy (7-7).

Seattle wound up using eight pitchers.

"We needed every run," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "We got off to a great start against Duffy and then we challenged a lot of our guys in the bullpen and everybody chipped in.

Cruz, who leads the American League with 84 RBI, hit a three-run drive in a four-run second. He hit his 24th home run in the seventh off Scott Alexander, a shot estimated at 465 feet to center. It was Cruz's 22nd multihomer game, his first this season.

Duffy could have been out of the second inning with Robinson Cano striking out, but catcher Drew Butera was charged with a passed ball, allowing Cano to reach first and for Jean Segura to score from second base. Four pitches later, Cruz homered.

Earlier in the inning, Duffy thought he had struck out Segura on a close pitch.

"That put us in a really big hole when you give a major league team, especially with that kind of power, four or five outs. It's going to be tough to come out of the inning unscathed," Duffy said.

Marco Gonzalez, who was making his Mariners' debut since being acquired in a July 21 with St. Louis, failed to make it through the fifth inning. James Pazos (3-3) won in relief and Edwin Diaz posted his 23rd save in 27 opportunities.

"My command kind of stunk a little bit," Gonzalez said. "A costly walk and that's kind of how it added up in the fifth inning."

Segura led off the game with a walk and scored on Valencia's 13th home run. Seager homered with two outs in the first.

Whit Merrifield hit a two-run homer in the third. Butera walked and Merrifield singled to lead off the fifth. Lorenzo Cain's double scored Butera and Gonzalez was replaced by Pazos.

Eric Hosmer had an RBI grounder and Melky Cabrera had sacrifice fly, trimming the Mariners' lead to 7-5.

Mike Moustakas hit his 31st homer, a two-run drive, in the eighth.

Duffy left after 5 1/3 innings, yielding a season-worst seven runs, but only three earned, while striking out eight.

"Seven runs is a big hole to climb out of early," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Credit the offense. Anytime you can battle back with the winning run at the plate in the last inning, our offense has done a great job, but just a lot to overcome."

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Game 2:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Rookie Jakob Junis would like to stay a little longer next time.

Junis pitched eight sharp innings and the Kansas City Royals beat the Seattle Mariners 9-1 to split their doubleheader Sunday.

Nelson Cruz homered twice and drove in four runs as the Mariners held off the Royals 8-7 in the first game.

Whit Merrifield homered in both games for the Royals.

Junis (4-2), who was added to Kansas City's roster as the extra 26th man for the twinbill, retired his final 19 batters after giving up an RBI double to Danny Espinosa in the second inning.

Junis walked none and struck out a career-high seven.

"To go eight full innings and one run and have Cam (Gallagher) catch me in his debut is a pretty special day," Junis said.

This was Junis' sixth time up this season, twice as the 26th man, but after the outing he was sent back to Triple-A Omaha.

"I wanted to work harder to get back up here so I could get more experience," Junis said. "I know experience is what is going help me become a better pitcher. I've done this (several times), coming up here and pitching and getting sent back down. I'm comfortable doing that as much as I'd rather stay up here."

Melky Cabrera hit a three-run homer off Erasmo Ramirez (4-4) during a four-run third inning. It was Cabrera's first home run since the Royals acquired him in a July 30 trade with the Chicago White Sox. Cabrera also had an RBI double.

Eric Hosmer homered and drove in three runs for the Royals. Seattle pitchers have allowed an AL-high 172 home runs.

"One inning was big damage," Ramirez said. "One inning just changed everything. And, everything from now on is going to be about keeping the ball inside the ballpark because that's the only way they're getting the runs against me. Having the balls not going that far, everything is going to change. That's what I have to work and execute better to pitch."

Ramirez was charged with five runs on eight hits, including three homers, in five-plus innings.

"He had the two out, nobody on in the third inning and then home run, hit, hit, and then another home run," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "It's a four spot. Made some mistakes with the fastball; didn't get it in good spots, too much of the plate, probably his downfall.

Lorenzo Cain got six hits in the doubleheader, scored three runs, drove two and stole a base for the Royals.

Cruz, Danny Valencia and Kyle Seager homered in the first two innings as the Mariners took a 7-0 lead off Danny Duffy (7-7) in the opener.

Cruz, who leads the AL with 84 RBI, hit a three-run drive in a four-run second. He hit his 24th home run in the seventh off Scott Alexander, a shot estimated at 465 feet to center. It was Cruz's 22nd multihomer game, his first this season.

Marco Gonzalez, who was making his Mariners' debut since being acquired in a July 21 with St. Louis, failed to make it through the fifth. James Pazos (3-3) won in relief and Edwin Diaz posted his 23rd save in 27 opportunities.

Segura led off the game with a walk and scored on Valencia's 13th home run. Seager homered with two outs in the first.

Merrifield hit a two-run homer in the third. Mike Moustakas hit his 31st homer, a two-run drive, in the eighth.

MARINERS GET ALONSO

The Athletics traded All-Star 1B Yoder Alonso to the Mariners for minor league OF Boog Powell. The left-handed hitting Alonso will be used primarily in a platoon with 1B Valencia. Alonso has 22 home runs and 49 RBI.

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