Homer-happy Royals blast past Mariners 9-8
Published : Mar 25, 2011 - 18:27
Updated : Mar 25, 2011 - 18:27
PEORIA, Arizona (AP) ― Melky Cabrera, Alex Gordon and Lance Zawadzki each hit two-run homers and the Kansas City Royals broke a four-game spring training losing streak with a 9-8 win over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday.

The Royals trailed 4-0 before scoring nine straight runs, including five in the sixth. Pedro Feliz added a pair of RBI doubles and Bruce Chen gave up four runs on five hits in six innings.

Seattle scored four runs in the bottom of the third highlighted by three third-inning doubles, and four more in the ninth keyed by Saunders’ two-run shot.

Righthander Doug Fister struggled in the last three innings of his start and gave up six runs on seven hits, walking three in six innings.

Hamels shaky in Phillies’ 7-3 loss to Twins

CLEARWATER, Florida (AP) ― Cole Hamels had another shaky outing, giving up six runs in the Philadelphia Phillies’ 7-3 loss to the Philadelphia.

Hamels has struggled in the latter half of spring training. After allowing a total of three earned runs in his first three starts, he has given up 16 runs in his last three.
Kansas City Royals third baseman Pedro Feliz leaps for a wide throw as Seattle Mariners’ Michael Saunders steals third during the third inning of a spring training baseball game in Peoria, Arizona, Thursday. (AP-Yonhap News)

Hamels had retired seven straight batters Thursday until Delmon Young hit a line drive high off the left field wall for a double. Then Danny Valencia hit a two-run double, Luke Hughes hit a solo homer. The home run was the sixth of the spring for the first baseman.

Young hit s three-run home in the fifth off Hamels.

Minnesota right-hander Nick Blackburn stymied the Phillies’ lineup. Blackburn allowed six hits while striking out five and walking one in six shutout innings.

Ross strong again as A’s beat Diamondbacks 15-7

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (AP) ― Tyson Ross is making it hard on his manager.

Bob Geren needs to pick a fifth starter, and Ross hasn’t done anything to eliminate himself from consideration.

Well, almost anything. He did finally give up a run on Thursday, in another stellar outing in Oakland’s 15-7 win over Arizona.

“He’s throwing the ball well,” Geren said. “He was so efficient today.”

Ross gave up one run on four hits in 5 2-3 innings. It was the first run the 6-foot-6 right-hander has allowed in 15 1-3 innings this spring.

“I liked the command of his fastball,” Geren said. “That’s the key to his success. The velocity and movement is always there.”

Kurt Suzuki and David DeJesus each had three RBIs and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a solo home run and added an RBI single for Oakland.

Ross is in contention with Brandon McCarthy and Bobby Cramer. McCarthy has a 3.05 ERA, 14 strikeouts and zero walks in 20 2-3 innings this spring. Cramer has an 8.25 ERA with five strikeouts and four walks in 12 innings.

Tampa Bay 11 Houston 3

Atlanta 5 Toronto 3

Boston 7 Florida 15

Minnesota 7 Philadelphia 3

St. Louis 3 Mets 16

Colorado 5 Dodgers 7

Kansas City 9 Seattle 8

Milwaukee 11 Angels 8

Texas 15 Cincinnati 13

Oakland 15 Arizona 7

White Sox 7 Cubs 8

Washington 5 Detroit 2

Pittsburgh 7 Baltimore 11

San Diego 4 Texas 4

Cleveland 0 San Francisco 0