The KC Royals scored four runs in the top of the first and never looked back, beating Seattle, 14-3 in seven innings. Rain shortened the game and also forced an earlier start time.
Eric Hosmer got the scoring started with an RBI double and Salvador Perez followed with a two-run double. Brandon Moss followed with an RBI single. With two outs in the inning, Cheslor Cuthbert walked. However, he was picked off by the catcher to end the first and it was a sign of things to come for him.
The Royals also hit three home runs. Paulo Orlando hit a solo shot in the second with two outs. In the 3rd inning, Perez and Peter O’Brien both hit two-run homers off Mariners lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski.
In the top of the seventh, the Royals minor leaguers tacked on three more runs, two scoring on an infield single by Alfredo Escalera and an ensuing error.
Cuthbert, starting his first game at second base, dropped a pop up. He was bailed out on an infield fly call.
The left fielders, Brandon Moss and Jorge Bonifacio, went a combined 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.
On the pitching side for the Royals, lefty Jason Vargas allowed three runs on four hits and two walks over two innings. One run scored in the first when former teammate Jarrod Dyson singled and scored from first on a double. In the second Jean Segura, who doubled in the first, hit a two out, two-run homer.
Joakim Soria followed and escaped a bases loaded, no outs jam in the third by getting a strikeout and inducing two ground outs.
Lefty Mike Minor pitched two scoreless innings, allowing a hit and striking out two. Fellow lefty Jonathan Dziedzic allowed a single in the sixth, but pitched a scoreless inning. Veteran Al Alburquerque allowed a two out single in his scoreless inning of work.
*The Royals head to Maryvale tomorrow to play Milwaukee. Lefty Danny Duffy will make his first and only start of spring training before leaving for the World Baseball Classic to pitch for the US. Fellow lefty Matt Strahm is also expected to pitch.