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Royals fall to Mariners

Published on -9/25/2013, 10:18 AM

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SEATTLE (AP) -- When Seattle's Justin Smoak hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning Tuesday night, the Kansas City Royals' chances for a win and perhaps a postseason appearance were in big trouble.

Smoak hit an 0-2 fastball from Bruce Chen (8-4) for his career-matching 19th home run and the Mariners went on to a 4-0 victory, creating a bleak playoff picture for the Royals.

Time is running out -- just five games remaining -- much distance needs to be covered and two teams need to be hurdled.

The Royals' three competitors for the two AL wild-card spots -- Tampa Bay, Texas and Cleveland -- all won Tuesday.

The Royals, down four games in the loss column to Cleveland, need to win every game and hope that both the Indians and the Rangers completely collapse.

"We just go till they say we can't win it," Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. "We go as hard as we can. Keep playing our best guys and staying after it."

Mariners rookie left-hander James Paxton (3-0), making just his fourth major league start, worked a career-high seven innings, allowing four hits, walking none and striking out a career-high 10.

"He looked real good. Big, tall kid, straight over the top, straight downhill action on all his pitches," Yost said. "Good fastball, I mean, over-powering fastball at times, got it up to 97, lot of life on it. But downhill pitches are tough to hit, especially fastballs. Good breaking stuff, good changeup, good curveball."

Paxton said it didn't matter to him that the Royals had everything on the line.

"I wasn't really paying attention to that. I was just focusing on executing pitches, one pitch at a time," he said. "It could be just the electricity. Being out there it just kind of raises your intensity up that much more. I think it helps me to get lock in."

It was the 13th shutout for the Mariners and the ninth time the Royals have been shut out.

Seattle touched Bruce Chen (8-4) for a run in the first when Brad Miller reached on an infield single followed by Abraham Almonte's single to center. Almonte has reached base in all his 18 games to start his career, 16 with a hit.

With one out, Kendrys Morales singled to left, driving in Miller.

Chen worked five innings, allowing seven hits and four runs. He walked three and struck out five.

The Royals could not respond against Paxton. They put together two singles in the first inning but a double play eased him out of trouble. He didn't allow more than one baserunner in any inning after that and at one point he retired 12 straight.

"That guy has a good fastball, slider, change," Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar said. "He got a lot of balls down, run in on the black. Great job for him today. He's sneaky."

The Mariners blew the game open in the fifth with three runs -- all with two outs. Morales, who had three hits, doubled to deep center. Franklin Gutierrez walked and Smoak hit a 0-2 fastball over the wall in left field.

"I tried to go up with the fastball and he made good contact," Chen said. "I was ahead in the count. I did not pitch right down the middle. It wasn't a strike. I tried to go up the ladder and he would chase it and keep my team in the ball game. (But) he got it.

"I was just trying to do everything I could to help this team win. At that point it was a 1-0 game. That Paxton did a real good job. It unfortunate because today was a really big game for us."

Smoak has 19 home runs but it was just his second right-handed. The other was Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels.

"I hit it. I don't know if I looked straight into the lights or whatever but I didn't know where it went," Smoak said. "To be able to barrel one up, knowing the work I've put in the last couple weeks, it is starting to show."

The Royals play one more game with Seattle on Wednesday night, then close the season at the Chicago White Sox.

"We're not quitting. We're not giving up," Chen said. "As long as we got a chance we're going to give it everything we can. Today was big game for us unfortunately. But that's not going to stop us tomorrow."

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