KC's Pitching Un-Royal as Mariners Romp

Bale nailed; Lopez ties league mark with three sac flies in 11-6 laugher
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Apr 15, 2008 10:56 PM CDT
Seattle Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki races to steal third base against the Kansas City Royals in the first inning.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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(Newser) – Jose Lopez became the 12th player in major league history to hit three sacrifice flies in a game, Yuniesky Betancourt drove in three runs and the Seattle Mariners set a season high for runs with an 11-6 victory over the previously stingy Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night. Lopez added an RBI single.

The Mariners had five sac flies overall to tie a team record set Aug. 7, 1988, at Oakland. Kansas City entered with a major league-best ERA of 2.46 after consecutive complete games by Brian Bannister and Zack Greinke. It was the first time the Royals had pitched back-to-back complete games in eight years.