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Cooper
08-30-2009, 01:41 AM
Mariners score 7 on Royals righty


SEATTLE -- It seemed apparent early that Royals starter Gil Meche was going to have a long, or probably more accurately, a short night.

And that was the long and short of it, as the Seattle Mariners notched an 8-4 victory over the Royals on Saturday night at Safeco Field.

The Mariners, Meche's former employer, banged the righty for four runs in the first inning on five hits -- two singles followed by Mike Sweeney's two-run double and RBI doubles by Jack Hannahan and Jack Wilson. Meche had to labor through 39 pitches to get through the inning.

Meche recovered to work two perfect innings, but it was bombs away in the fourth. Hannahan led off with a home run and Rob Johnson unloaded a two-run blast for a 7-2 lead. That was Meche's last inning.

In his four innings, he gave up seven earned runs on eight hits. At least he didn't walk anyone.

The Royals got their own two-run homer in the third when John Buck followed Mitch Maier's single with a drive into the right-field seats, his sixth of the year.

The Royals made the game interesting in the ninth, as Teahen and Maier each hit homers off Randy Messenger, but the burst ended there.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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