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Royals Gain Ground In Wild Card Chase

Associated Press - September 16, 2013 10:54 pm

Wade Miley scattered five hits for his first career shutout and Kyle Seager hit a three-run homer to cap a four-run first inning off an ineffective Yordano Venture and pace the Seattle Mariners to a 6-0 victory over Kansas City on Saturday night, the Royals' fifth consecutive loss on their current road trip.

Wade Miley scattered five hits for his first career shutout and Kyle Seager hit a three-run homer to cap a four-run first inning off an ineffective Yordano Venture and pace the Seattle Mariners to a 6-0 victory over Kansas City on Saturday night, the Royals' fifth consecutive loss on their current road trip.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – James Shields kept the Indians off balance for six innings, Salvador Perez led a scrappy Kansas City offense and the Royals pounded Cleveland 7-1 Monday night to open a three game set with significant playoff implications.

Shields struck out a season high 10 for the Royals (79-71), who moved within 2 1/2 games of the AL’s second wild card berth. The Indians (81-69) remained a half game back of Texas, which lost to Tampa Bay earlier in the night in a matchup of teams leading the wild card race.

Shields (12-9) allowed only Lonnie Chisenhall’s solo homer before turning the game over to his stingy bullpen. Wade Davis, Luke Hochevar and Tim Collins did the rest in a steady drizzle.

Scott Kazmir (8-9) gave up four runs in 5 plus innings for the Indians. He didn’t get a whole lot of help from his offense, which racked up a season high 17 strikeouts.