KANSAS CITY — Erik Bedard made his third start of the season on Friday, and for the third time he was unable to go deep into the game.
Bedard lasted just 4 2/3 innings as Jeff Francoeur and Matt Treanor homered to springboard Kansas City to a 6-5 victory at Kauffman Stadium. Bedard, who threw 106 pitches, had gone five innings and four innings, respectively, in his first two starts.
The Mariners (4-10) have dropped the first two games of the brief road trip, while Kansas City (9-4) won its third in a row.
The Mariners scored three runs in the ninth during a late rally, but Royals closer Joakim Soria got out of the jam when Chone Figgins lined out to third to end the game.
The Mariners had managed to jump ahead in the first, thanks largely to a leadoff double by Ichiro Suzuki. After a grounder to the right side by Figgins advanced Suzuki to third, Milton Bradley drew a walk. Jack Cust brought home the run with an RBI forceout.
Royals starter Luke Hochevar worked seven innings and didn’t allow a hit after the Suzuki double. The right-hander exited after throwing 100 pitches.