The Kansas City Royals bats exploded for 11 runs in the sixth inning against Luis Castillo, who recently signed a lucrative contract with Seattle, in a 13-12 victory on Sunday, a result that cost the Mariners a chance to move up in the league. fight for an American League wild card ticket.
Mitch Haniger singled twice during an eight-run fifth inning for the Mariners, leading 11-2 before the bottom of the sixth. But Castillo got into trouble and Michael Massey homered and drove in four runs during the Royals’ most prolific inning since 2004.
The Mariners remained in third place in the wild-card race, a half game behind Tampa Bay. Seattle remains four games ahead of Baltimore for that final berth in the American League playoffs.
Castillo, an All-Star traded from Cincinnati to the Mariners midseason, got a five-year, $108 million contract that begins next season. The deal was announced on Saturday.
For the Royals, Venezuelans Salvador Pérez 4-0 with a run scored, Edward Olivares 4-2 with three runs scored and an RBI..
For the Mariners, Dominican Carlos Santana 4-0 with a run scored. The Venezuelan Luis Torrens with an RBI without an official turn at bat.