Listen to Seattle Sports: Mariners continue series with Angels

SEATTLE MARINERS

Mariners alone in AL West lead after 3-2 win to sweep Royals

Aug 27, 2023, 4:01 PM | Updated: 5:18 pm

SEATTLE (AP) — Luis Castillo pitched seven shutout innings and the Seattle Mariners grabbed sole possession of first place in the AL West, beating the Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

Seattle Mariners 3, Kansas City Royals 2: Box score

Teoscar Hernández and Julio Rodríguez homered as Seattle won for the 11th time in 12 games. The Mariners also improved to a major league-best 36-14 since July 1 for its best 50-game stretch since it also went 36-14 from April 23-June 18, 2003.

Seattle (74-56) and Texas were tied for the AL West lead coming into the day, but the Rangers blew a five-run lead and lost 7-6 in 13 innings to the Twins. Seattle trailed Texas by 7 1/2 games on Aug. 15.

It’s the latest the Mariners have had sole possession of first in a season since Aug. 24, 2003.

Current MLB Standings: Division | Wild Card

“We have a lot of baseball to go,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “There’s no question about it. But we have played extremely well, really since the first of July. And it’s a testament to our players. They just keep their head down and focus on getting better.”

Castillo (11-7) allowed one hit, struck out six and walked one in his fourth consecutive win. The All-Star right-hander retired his last 13 batters.

“It’s been awesome to watch him go out and do it every fifth day,” Servais said. “And today he was as sharp as he’s been in quite some time. When your starting pitching is that consistent, you’re gonna be in a lot of games.”

Hernández put Seattle in front with his third homer in the past two games, hitting a 433-foot solo shot to center off rookie Alec Marsh (0-7) in the second inning. It was his 22nd homer of the season.

Rodríguez also went deep for the second straight day, lining a two-run shot to left-center in the fifth to make it 3-0. It was his 23rd of the season.

Kansas City’s Nelson Velázquez hit a two-run homer off Gabe Speier in the eighth. It was Velázquez’s eighth homer.

The Royals put runners on second and third with two outs in the inning, but Justin Topa struck out Salvador Perez to preserve the one-run lead. Andrés Muñoz struck out the side in the ninth for his 10th save.

“You can feel the positivity and the good vibes here,” Castillo said. “It’s a team that just wants to go out there and win.”

Marsh allowed three runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out nine in his seventh career start.

Kansas City lost for the 10th time in 12 games. Nine of its past 10 losses are by two runs or fewer.

“Super frustrating series,” Royals manager Matt Quatraro said. “Really a frustrating road trip. Played better than what the results ended up.”

LAYING OUT

Seattle right fielder Dominic Canzone made a full-extension diving catch on a slicing line drive by Maikel Garcia in the sixth.

PITCH MAGNET

Ty France was hit by a pitch for a franchise-record 28th time this season when Marsh plunked him with a slider in the second. France also held the previous mark, with 27 hit by pitches in 2021.

UP NEXT

Kansas City Royals: RHP Zack Greinke (1-12, 5.34 ERA) faces Pittsburgh RHP Johan Oviedo (7-13, 4.46 ERA) on Monday to open a three-game series at home.

Seattle Mariners: Rookie RHP Bryan Woo (1-3, 4.58 ERA) starts against Oakland on Monday to begin a three-game set at home. The A’s have not announced a starter.

More on the Seattle Mariners

Mariners tie franchise record with seven HRs – watch them all
Mariners Injury Updates: Kelenic return plan, Murphy status
Morosi: ‘Why wouldn’t you love’ where Mariners are in playoff race?
Video: Bob’s Breakdown – Are surging Mariners’ sights set on AL West title?
Dipoto: Where does Seattle Mariners’ pitching depth, rotation plan stand?

Mariners Roof Report

Brought to you by
Sunny
High 76° | Low 55°
No game today.

Seattle Mariners

Seattle Mariners CF Julio Rodriguez...

Zac Hereth

Mariners Injury Update: Latest on Julio, J.P.

An update on injured Seattle Mariners center fielder Julio Rodriguez and shortstop J.P. Crawford after they were placed on the IL.

1 hour ago

Seattle Mariners Ty France J.P. Crawford Julio Rodríguez...

Brent Stecker

Mariners Roster Moves: Ty France DFA’d; Julio and J.P. to IL

Two key members of the Seattle Mariners have landed on the injured list while the team is moving on from first baseman Ty France.

5 hours ago

Seattle Mariners Jorge Polanco broken bat Los Angeles Angels 2024...

Cameron Van Til

Passan: Mariners’ recent slide shouldn’t change their trade plans

"I would not let a bad offensive stretch torpedo what still could be a very memorable season," Jeff Passan said of the Seattle Mariners.

9 hours ago

Seattle Mariners Scott Servais...

Brent Stecker

Do Mariners’ struggles warrant changes? ESPN’s Passan shares his view

ESPN MLB insider Jeff Passan discussed the Seattle Mariners' offensive issues and the overall state of the organization with Brock and Salk.

9 hours ago

Seattle Mariners J.P. Crawford injury...

Shane Lantz

Mariners’ J.P. Crawford injured after being hit by pitch

Seattle Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford is likely headed for a stint on the injured list after suffering a hairline fracture in his right pinky in the team's 3-1 Monday night loss to the Los Angeles Angels.

20 hours ago

Seattle Mariners Angels Cal Raleigh Brandon Drury...

The Associated Press

Mariners fall to Angels 3-1 after Adell’s RBI single in 9th

Jo Adell drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1 on Monday night.

22 hours ago

Mariners alone in AL West lead after 3-2 win to sweep Royals