KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Kris Bubic allowed two hits over 6 1/3 in his best start this season, and the Kansas City Royals beat Seattle 8-1 Saturday night to put another hole in the Mariners’ slim playoff chances.
Yusei Kikuchi (7-9) fell to 0-3 in eight starts since winning in Tampa Bay in August. 3.
He gave up three runs and eight hits, and needed 86 courses to get through three rounds, and he threw three wild courses in the first round alone. Kukuchi’s fastball averaged 94.1 mph, down from a season average of 95.3 mph that came in.
Seattle lost for the fifth time in seven games and fell four games behind Toronto for AL’s second wild card with 14 games left. The New York Yankees and Oakland are also ahead of the Mariners.
Salvador Perez had a race-scoring single in an eighth with four races, his major league-leading 113th RBI.
Bubic (5-6) allowed one run and two hits in 6 1/3 innings, combined with Domingo Tapia, Josh Staumont and Gabe Speier on a three-hitter.
Kansas City stopped a three-game losing streak and at 67-81 he avoided another day to secure his fifth losing season in a row.
Whit Merrifield reached on an infield single in the first and came around on three wild courses. Two-out singles by Andrew Benintendi, Carlos Santana and Adalberto Mondesi doubled the lead.
Mondesi and Michael A. Taylor hit consecutive doubles in the third, and Taylor homered in the fifth by Sean Doolittle.
Abraham’s RBI finish at Domingo Tapia cut the deficit to 4-1 in the seventh after the Ty France lead doubled against Bubic.
Mariners: RHP Logan Gilbert (5-5, 4.97 ERA) starts for the Mariners in Sunday’s series final and RHP Jackson Kowar (0-3, 11.50) for the Royals.
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