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Nelson Velázquez slugs 3-run homer in the 7th inning, Royals rally past Mariners 4-2

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Nelson Velázquez slugs 3-run homer in the 7th inning, Royals rally past Mariners 4-2
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Nelson Velázquez slugs 3-run homer in the 7th inning, Royals rally past Mariners 4-2

2024-05-15 13:29 Last Updated At:13:31

SEATTLE (AP) — Nelson Velázquez put Kansas City ahead with a three-run homer in the seventh inning, and Michael Wacha worked six dominant innings as the Royals beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Velázquez’s third homer of the season spoiled a strong outing for Seattle starter Logan Gilbert, who had given up just three hits over six shutout innings entering the decisive frame.

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Kansas City Royals' Nelson Velazquez (17) celebrates with MJ Melendez (1) and Salvador Perez after hitting a three-run home run against the Seattle Mariners during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

SEATTLE (AP) — Nelson Velázquez put Kansas City ahead with a three-run homer in the seventh inning, and Michael Wacha worked six dominant innings as the Royals beat the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Seattle Mariners' Ty France reacts after popping out during the sixth inning of the team's baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Mariners' Ty France reacts after popping out during the sixth inning of the team's baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Mariners' Julio Rodríguez watches a single against the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Mariners' Julio Rodríguez watches a single against the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Mariners' Ty France hits a single next to Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez during the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Mariners' Ty France hits a single next to Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez during the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Kansas City Royals' Nelson Velazquez, right, runs the bases after hitting a three-run home run, while Seattle Mariners third baseman Luis Urias watches during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Kansas City Royals' Nelson Velazquez, right, runs the bases after hitting a three-run home run, while Seattle Mariners third baseman Luis Urias watches during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

It all fell apart for Gilbert (3-2) in the seventh, as Bobby Witt, Jr. led off with a walk and reached second on a Vinnie Pasquantino groundout to second base where Josh Rojas bobbled the ball to spoil the chance of a double play. Salvador Perez reached on an intentional walk, and scored when Velázquez sent a 398-foot blast to left field.

“They found a way to put some pressure on him late, he made a mistake, and the three-run homer was the big swing in the ballgame,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “But the stuff, the command, the competitiveness, it was pretty much what we've seen all year from Logan.”

Velázquez' homer was his first since April 4.

“He's a high percentage slider guy, so I went there with a plan that at-bat," Velázquez said. “Look for the slider and try to hit the ball to the middle. I stood on my plan and a good thing happened.”

Maikel Garcia added to Kansas City's lead with an RBI single off Mariners reliever Trent Thornton in the eighth.

Luke Raley gave the Mariners an early lead with a solo homer in the bottom of the fourth, one of just three hits for the Mariners against Wacha (3-4), who struck out seven.

“His stuff was good today,” Royals manager Matt Quatraro said. “The slider was better and he's been working on that. His velo was up early, he got the ball up above the zone when he needed to, he got the ball down, and his changeup was good, like usual.”

Mitch Haniger hit a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth off closer James McArthur, who struck out Dylan Moore and got Luis Urías to line out for his 10th save.

The Mariners struck out 11 times in the loss, which snapped a seven-game winning streak against the Royals.

“Especially early on, they were swinging aggressively and maybe didn't have time to get to the changeup," Wacha said. “But also, you know, trying to disguise it at times with other pitches as well. Whenever I did throw it, felt like it had good action. Some positive results today.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: DH Mitch Garver (upper back spasms) was scratched from the starting lineup … 2B Jorge Polanco was out of the lineup after leaving in the sixth inning of Monday’s game because of a tight right hamstring. Manager Scott Servais said the injury was “nothing that serious.”

Royals: CF Kyle Isbel (stomach bug) was out of the starting lineup for the second straight game.

UP NEXT

Seattle right-hander Bryan Woo (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will make his second start of the season on Wednesday, while the Royals will start righty Alec Marsh (3-0, 2.53 ERA). Marsh will make his second start since being activated from the injured list on May 9 after taking a line drive off his right elbow in late April.

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Kansas City Royals' Nelson Velazquez (17) celebrates with MJ Melendez (1) and Salvador Perez after hitting a three-run home run against the Seattle Mariners during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Kansas City Royals' Nelson Velazquez (17) celebrates with MJ Melendez (1) and Salvador Perez after hitting a three-run home run against the Seattle Mariners during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Mariners' Ty France reacts after popping out during the sixth inning of the team's baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Mariners' Ty France reacts after popping out during the sixth inning of the team's baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Mariners' Julio Rodríguez watches a single against the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Mariners' Julio Rodríguez watches a single against the Kansas City Royals during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Mariners' Ty France hits a single next to Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez during the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Seattle Mariners' Ty France hits a single next to Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez during the eighth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Kansas City Royals' Nelson Velazquez, right, runs the bases after hitting a three-run home run, while Seattle Mariners third baseman Luis Urias watches during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

Kansas City Royals' Nelson Velazquez, right, runs the bases after hitting a three-run home run, while Seattle Mariners third baseman Luis Urias watches during the seventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays scored on a throwing error by Minnesota 's Royce Lewis with two outs in the 10th inning for a 3-2 victory that stopped the Twins' six-game winning streak on Wednesday night.

The Rays, who improved to a major league-best 25-11 in games decided by one or two runs, won for just the fourth time in their last 12 games.

Jason Adam (4-1) pitched a perfect ninth for the victory. Phil Maton worked a 1-2-3 inning in the 10th for his second save, with closer Pete Fairbanks unavailable after the thumb on his throwing hand was bruised by a comebacker the night before.

Jorge Alcala (1-2) hit Randy Arozarena with a pitch to start the inning. He threw a sinker in the dirt so wildly it ricocheted off the backstop and right to catcher Christian Vázquez for a relatively easy throw-out of automatic runner Jose Siri at third.

Lewis, who snagged Siri’s grounder with the bases loaded in the seventh and beat Amed Rosario to the bag for the inning-ending force out, fielded a sharp chopper by Jonny DeLuca to his left and sent his deep throw sailing past first baseman Carlos Santana that let Arozarena score the go-ahead run.

Lewis went 3 for 4 with a walk and a tiebreaking home run in the fifth inning that broke part of a videoboard at Target Field.

Isaac Paredes hit his team-leading 11th home run in the third off Twins starter Joe Ryan, who sailed through six innings with a 2-1 lead before a bumpy performance by the bullpen. Ryan delivered another bid to make his first All-Star team, allowing one run on six hits and one walk.

Ryan, who was selected in the seventh round by the Rays in the same 2018 draft that fetched Bradley in the fifth round, was traded to the Twins in 2021 for 55 games of veteran slugger Nelson Cruz. The Rays lost in the division series of the playoffs about 2½ months later.

Rays starter Taj Bradley gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings.

Lewis hit his eighth homer in 14 games since returning from a severely strained quadriceps muscle suffered in the season opener. With an exit velocity measured at 108.7 mph, this one ricocheted off the ribbon board that fronts the second deck above left field — and appeared to knock out a long section of LED lights that used to depict the rotating advertisements. The red Budweiser logos that were up at the time wound up with a blank black splotch, as did the rest that followed.

In 90 career major league games including the playoffs, Lewis has hit 29 homers with 74 RBIs.

Cole Sands relieved Ryan for the seventh and surrendered a one-out bloop single to Ben Rortvedt, before pinch-runner Jose Caballero stole second base and took third when shortstop Carlos Correa let the throw bounce out of his glove and into center field.

Yandy Diaz tied the game with the softest of singles, a swinging bunt of sorts that dribbled down the third-base line where Lewis had no play.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Fairbanks played catch without any problems before the game, after his minor injury on Tuesday. He said he feels normal and expects to be available for action by Thursday.

UP NEXT

The Rays will send RHP Zack Littell (2-5, 4.24 ERA) to the mound for the series finale on Thursday afternoon, opposite Twins rookie RHP Simeon Woods Richardson (2-1, 3.29 ERA). Littell made his major league debut with the Twins in 2018, after being acquired from the Yankees in a trade the year before.

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Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Joe Ryan reacts after a solo home run by Tampa Bay Rays' Isaac Paredes during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Joe Ryan reacts after a solo home run by Tampa Bay Rays' Isaac Paredes during the third inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Tampa Bay Rays' Isaac Paredes gestures while running the bases after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Tampa Bay Rays' Isaac Paredes gestures while running the bases after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Minnesota Twins' Austin Martin (82) gestures after hitting a single during the third inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Minnesota Twins' Austin Martin (82) gestures after hitting a single during the third inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Taj Bradley delivers during the second inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Taj Bradley delivers during the second inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Joe Ryan delivers during the third inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Joe Ryan delivers during the third inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Abbie Parr)

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