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Vinnie Pasquantino hits a key 2-run double as the Royals beat the Mariners 8-4

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Vinnie Pasquantino hits a key 2-run double as the Royals beat the Mariners 8-4
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Vinnie Pasquantino hits a key 2-run double as the Royals beat the Mariners 8-4

2024-06-09 08:17 Last Updated At:08:21

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Vinnie Pasquantino hit a tiebreaking two-run double during Kansas City’s three-run fifth inning, and the Royals beat the Seattle Mariners 8-4 on Saturday.

Kyle Isbel had three RBIs for Kansas City, and Adam Frazier had two hits and scored two runs. The Royals earned their third consecutive win.

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Kansas City Royals left fielder MJ Melendez chases after a solo home run ball hit by Seattle Mariners' Mitch Garver during the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Vinnie Pasquantino hit a tiebreaking two-run double during Kansas City’s three-run fifth inning, and the Royals beat the Seattle Mariners 8-4 on Saturday.

Seattle Mariners' J.P. Crawford hits an RBI single during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Seattle Mariners' J.P. Crawford hits an RBI single during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Seattle Mariners' J.P. Crawford celebrates on first after hitting an RBI single during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Seattle Mariners' J.P. Crawford celebrates on first after hitting an RBI single during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Fans dressed as hot dogs compete in the hot dog derby during the fifth inning of a baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the Seattle Mariners Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Fans dressed as hot dogs compete in the hot dog derby during the fifth inning of a baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the Seattle Mariners Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

A person dressed as a Sasquatch walks on the roof of the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame after Kansas City Royals' Vinnie Pasquantino hit a two-run double during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

A person dressed as a Sasquatch walks on the roof of the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame after Kansas City Royals' Vinnie Pasquantino hit a two-run double during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Royals' Maikel Garcia scores on a two-run double hit by Vinnie Pasquantino during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Royals' Maikel Garcia scores on a two-run double hit by Vinnie Pasquantino during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Seattle Mariners Dominic Canzone right fielder catches a fly ball for the out on Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez during the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Seattle Mariners Dominic Canzone right fielder catches a fly ball for the out on Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez during the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Seattle Mariners' Mitch Garver hits a solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Seattle Mariners' Mitch Garver hits a solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Royals' Adam Frazier, right, celebrates with Salvador Perez after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Royals' Adam Frazier, right, celebrates with Salvador Perez after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Royals' Adam Frazier celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Royals' Adam Frazier celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Royals' Vinnie Pasquantino celebrates with teammates after their baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals won 8-4. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Royals' Vinnie Pasquantino celebrates with teammates after their baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals won 8-4. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City trailed 3-2 before Frazier doubled and scored on Nick Loftin’s single in the fifth. With two outs and runners on the corners, Pasquantino slapped a grounder inside the first base bag.

“Guys seem to be putting together some really nice at-bats right now,” Pasquantino said. “Two-out, runners-in-scoring-position hits, that’s going to win you some games.”

J.P. Crawford and Mitch Garver homered for Seattle. Crawford finished with two hits and two RBIs.

Mariners right-hander Luis Castillo (5-7) permitted a season-high five runs in five innings. He allowed six hits, struck out four and walked one.

“Early in the game, nothing was easy,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “They were making him work through at-bats. They got a couple of huge two-out, two-run doubles that spread the gap. We weren’t able to overcome it.”

Said Castillo: “Two pitches I kind of left up there and those were the two pitches that cost us the game.”

Crawford put Seattle in front when he drilled Alec Marsh’s first pitch of the game for his fifth homer of the season. It was Crawford’s 11th career leadoff homer.

“First pitch of the game you’re not really expecting a home run, but I was able to bounce back,” Marsh said.

Marsh retired his next 13 batters — eight on strikeouts — before Garver’s seventh homer off the left-field foul pole tied it at 2 with one out in the fifth inning.

“He was locating all his stuff,” Garver said. “We put ourselves in poor counts. He was able to strike out eight real quick. Not a lot going for us in the first five.”

Three straight two-out singles, capped by Crawford’s grounder through the middle, produced another run for the Mariners.

Marsh (5-3) struck out a season-high eight in five-plus innings. He was charged with four runs and seven hits.

“His stuff was really good,” Royals manager Matt Quatraro said. “That was the best I’ve seen his curveball and sweeper in a long time. Got a lot of swing and miss on it.”

Maikel Garcia hit a leadoff single in the first for Kansas City. He stole second and scored on Salvador Perez’s single.

“Good at-bats, right from the get-go, making Castillo work,” Quatraro said. “We put pressure on him, no easy outs, right from Maikel’s at-bat to start the game. To get him out of there after five was huge.”

Frazier made it 2-1 with a solo drive in the second for his second homer.

Isbel extended Kansas City’s lead to 7-4 with a two-run double with two out in the sixth against Kirby Snead. Isbel added a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners IF Ty France was scratched from the lineup due to soreness in his right heel.

UP NEXT

Mariners RHP George Kirby (5-5, 4.05 ERA) opposes Royals LHP Cole Ragans (4-4, 3.21).

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Kansas City Royals left fielder MJ Melendez chases after a solo home run ball hit by Seattle Mariners' Mitch Garver during the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Royals left fielder MJ Melendez chases after a solo home run ball hit by Seattle Mariners' Mitch Garver during the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Seattle Mariners' J.P. Crawford hits an RBI single during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Seattle Mariners' J.P. Crawford hits an RBI single during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Seattle Mariners' J.P. Crawford celebrates on first after hitting an RBI single during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Seattle Mariners' J.P. Crawford celebrates on first after hitting an RBI single during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Fans dressed as hot dogs compete in the hot dog derby during the fifth inning of a baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the Seattle Mariners Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Fans dressed as hot dogs compete in the hot dog derby during the fifth inning of a baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the Seattle Mariners Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

A person dressed as a Sasquatch walks on the roof of the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame after Kansas City Royals' Vinnie Pasquantino hit a two-run double during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

A person dressed as a Sasquatch walks on the roof of the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame after Kansas City Royals' Vinnie Pasquantino hit a two-run double during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Royals' Maikel Garcia scores on a two-run double hit by Vinnie Pasquantino during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Royals' Maikel Garcia scores on a two-run double hit by Vinnie Pasquantino during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Seattle Mariners Dominic Canzone right fielder catches a fly ball for the out on Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez during the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Seattle Mariners Dominic Canzone right fielder catches a fly ball for the out on Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez during the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Seattle Mariners' Mitch Garver hits a solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Seattle Mariners' Mitch Garver hits a solo home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Royals' Adam Frazier, right, celebrates with Salvador Perez after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Royals' Adam Frazier, right, celebrates with Salvador Perez after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Royals' Adam Frazier celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Royals' Adam Frazier celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Royals' Vinnie Pasquantino celebrates with teammates after their baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals won 8-4. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas City Royals' Vinnie Pasquantino celebrates with teammates after their baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, June 8, 2024, in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals won 8-4. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese President To Lam on Thursday became the caretaker of the Communist Party because of party chief Nguyen Phu Trong's poor health, the party said in a statement.

Nguyen Phu Trong, who was elected to a third term as general secretary in 2021, has dominated Vietnamese politics since he became party chief in 2011. He is an ideologue who views corruption as the gravest threat facing the party.

As Vietnam’s top security official, Lam led Trong’s sweeping anti-graft campaign until May, when he became president following the resignation of his predecessor, who stood down after being caught by the campaign.

Lam is widely viewed as the top candidate to replace Trong when the latter's term ends in 2026. He spent over four decades in the Ministry of Public Security before becoming the minister in 2016 and had been a key figure in the execution of anti-corruption measures.

The party's powerful Politburo has now asked Lam to “preside over the work of the Party Central Committee, the Politburo, and the Secretariat," according to a statement from the party’s central office.

The statement also confirmed Trong's ill health which had long been rumored but didn't give any further details.

FILE - Vietnamese General Secretary of the Communist Party Nguyen Phu Trong addresses the media in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Sept. 10, 2023. Vietnamese President To Lam on Thursday July 18, 2024 became the caretaker of the Communist Party because of Trong's poor health, the party said in a statement. (Luong Thai Linh/Pool Photo via AP, File)

FILE - Vietnamese General Secretary of the Communist Party Nguyen Phu Trong addresses the media in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Sept. 10, 2023. Vietnamese President To Lam on Thursday July 18, 2024 became the caretaker of the Communist Party because of Trong's poor health, the party said in a statement. (Luong Thai Linh/Pool Photo via AP, File)

FILE - Vietnamese President To Lam speaks during a press briefing with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam, on June 20, 2024. To Lam on Thursday July 18, 2024 became the caretaker of the Communist Party because of party chief Nguyen Phu Trong's poor health, the party said in a statement. (AP Photo/Minh Hoang, Pool, File)

FILE - Vietnamese President To Lam speaks during a press briefing with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam, on June 20, 2024. To Lam on Thursday July 18, 2024 became the caretaker of the Communist Party because of party chief Nguyen Phu Trong's poor health, the party said in a statement. (AP Photo/Minh Hoang, Pool, File)

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