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Nelson Velazquez’s three runs ensure a 4-2 victory over Mariners


In a thrilling showdown on Tuesday night in Seattle, the Kansas City Royals evened the series against the Mariners with a crucial 4-2 win.

The Mariners initially took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when Luke Raley launched a solo home run off Michael Wacha, his third of the season, and sent a line drive screaming over the right field fence to put Seattle up 1-0.

The game remained close until the seventh inning, when the Royals made their big move. Bobby Witt Jr. started with a walk, setting the stage for a dramatic shift in momentum. Although Vinnie Pasquantino grounded out, Logan Gilbert’s decision to intentionally walk Salvador Perez showed the Mariners’ respect for the future Hall of Fame catcher. However, this move backfired when Michael Massey struck out, leaving it all to Nelson Velazquez, who did not disappoint, blasting a towering three-run homer to left center, breaking the game wide open and putting Kansas City ahead by 3 -3. 1. This prompted Seattle to sign starter Logan Gilbert for reliever Trent Thornton.

The Royals continued to apply pressure in the top of the eighth. Maikel Garcia lined a single to left field to drive in Hunter Renfroe to extend Kansas City’s lead to 4-1.

Seattle attempted a comeback in the bottom of the ninth when Mitch Haniger hit an opposite-field home run, cutting the deficit to two. However, Royals’ closer James McArthur steadied the ship and secured the save, allowing Kansas City to hold on for the 4-2 win.

The win was important for the Royals, who took their record to 26-18 and demonstrated their resilience after a tough 6-2 loss on Monday. Seattle, now 23-20, is under pressure as both teams look ahead to the series decider, where the Royals will look to continue their momentum and claim the series victory.