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American League Game Summary - Kansas City at Seattle



(Tuesday, September 24th)

Final Score: Seattle 4, Kansas City 0

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Justin Smoak's three-run homer and James Paxton's seven scoreless innings helped the Seattle Mariners play the role of spoiler Tuesday in a 4-0 win over the Kansas City Royals.

The Royals entered the night three games behind the Indians for the AL's second wild card spot, and those dire odds got worse following Cleveland's walkoff win over the White Sox just hours before their setback.

Paxton (3-0), in his fourth career start, scattered four hits, did not walk a batter and struck out 10, while Kendrys Morales backed him with three hits, a run scored and an RBI.

"I just felt really good," said Paxton. "I was just locked in on what was going on. Everything felt great."

The loss fell to Bruce Chen (8-4), who surrendered all four runs on seven hits and three walks over the first five innings.

"We're not going to quit, we're not going to give up," said Chen. "As soon as we have a chance we're going to go out there and give everything we can."

Kansas City had won consecutive extra-inning games coming in and four of five overall, but fell in an early hole as Chen gave up three singles to the first four batters he faced, with Morales' single to left field bringing in Brad Miller.

Morales doubled with two away in the fifth to keep the inning alive, and Franklin Gutierrez worked a walk in front of Smoak, who fell down 0-2 in the court before tomahawking a fastball over the left-field wall.

The four-run cushion was plenty for Paxton and Seattle's bullpen, as Yoervis Medina and Danny Farquhar finished off the shutout with a scoreless inning of relief apiece.

"Straight downhill action on all his pitches," said Royals manager Ned Yost about Paxton. "Overpowering fastball at times, lot of life on it. The downhill pitches are tough to hit, especially fastballs."

Game Notes

Another victory will give Kansas City its highest win total since going 84-78 in 1993 ... Eric Hosmer had two of Kansas City's five hits ... Smoak's homer was his 19th of the season ... Wednesday's rubber match of the three-game set will pit Kansas City's Ervin Santana against Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma ... Game time: 2:27.

09/25 02:33:50 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
16th
DUR 6
NOR 8
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
9th
NYY 2
CHC 0
 
9th
DET 2
CLE 3
 
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
8th
TEX 0
SEA 2
 
6th
CWS 1
BOS 1
 
7th
HOU 4
KAN 2
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN 0
TOR 0
1st
ANA 0
OAK 0
 
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
COL
10:15pm Tonight
SFG
LOS
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
4th
MIL 93
ATL 102
 
4th
CLE 106
BRK 80
 
4th
MEM 76
DAL 80
 
4th
OKC 93
DET 101
 
4th
NOP 99
HOU 100
 
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
 
4th
MIA 74
PHI 89
 
4th
NYK 81
TOR 82
 
4th
MIN 96
UTA 103
 
4th
BOS 90
WAS 114
 
10:30pm Tonight
DEN
GSW
10:30pm Tonight
POR
LAC
10:30pm Tonight
SAC
PHO
1st OT
TAM 4
MON 4
 
3rd
PIT 4
CLB 3
 
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
DAL
16th
DUR 6
NOR 8