SEATTLE (AP) — Yuniesky Betancourt's broke a 10th-inning tie with a two-out RBI single and the Kansas City Royals went on to a 6-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night.
Mitch Maier tripled off Chad Cordero (0-1) with two outs in the 10th, just the fifth extra-base hit for the Royals this month. Betancourt, traded to the Royals by Seattle last season, then singled through the left side.
Cordero's wild pitch allowed Betancourt to advance to second and he scored on Scott Podsednik's bloop single to shallow left.
It was Cordero's first loss since Aug. 24, 2007, to Colorado, when he pitched for the Washington Nationals.
Kyle Farnsworth (2-0) worked one inning for the win. Joakim Soria earned his league-leading 23rd save.
Russell Branyan had a two-run home run for the Mariners in the fifth.
Alberto Callaspo had two hits and two RBIs for the Royals, while David DeJesus had two hits and scored three runs.
Trailing 4-2 entering the eighth, the Royals rallied for two runs to tie it. Jason Kendall opened with a single to right off reliever Brandon League and moved to third on DeJesus's single to center. Billy Butler's sacrifice fly made it 4-3.
Jose Guillen sent DeJesus to third with a single to center and he scored on Callaspo's single to center.
Felix Hernandez went seven innings for Seattle, allowing two runs and five hits, walking two and striking out six. He left with a two-run lead.
Michael Saunders opened the Mariners' three-run fifth with a double down the right-field line. He advanced to third on Ichiro Suzuki's groundout and scored on Chone Figgins slicing single to short left, making it 2-1.
Branyan followed with his shot to right field on a 1-1 pitch from starter Brian Bannister. It was Branyan's 13th homer overall and third in seven games since Seattle reacquired him from Cleveland June 26.
Suzuki got his league-leading 26th infield hit in the first innings. With two outs, he moved to second when Bannister threw wildly on a pickoff attempt. Jose Lopez followed with a double off the left-field wall.
Suzuki has a .376 career average against the Royals, his highest against any team and the second-highest ever for a Royals opponent.
Kansas City tied it in the fourth on Callaspo's sacrifice fly.
NOTES: LHP Erik Bedard, who had rotator cuff surgery on Aug. 14, was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday because of shoulder soreness after his last bullpen session. Bedard had just completed his rehab assignment and was expected to be taken off the DL. Ryan Rowland-Smith will make Tuesday's start. ... Seattle LF Milton Bradley missed his second straight game with leg soreness. ... Butler's double in the sixth gave him 100 hits. He joined DeJesus as the 32nd and 33rd Royals to reach 100 hits before the All-Star break.