Gordon leads Royals past Mariners

Alex Gordon's RBI double in the seventh helped 1 win over Seattle to split a four-game series.

Gordon also had an RBI double in the third while Alcides Escobar had two hits and scored a run for the Royals, who won the last two games of this set. Everett Teaford (1-0) pitched five innings of three-hit ball while striking out five and walking one to get the first win of his career in his first start.

"First Big League start, first win in your career, my Dad was here, that was awesome to have him in town, you can't write up a better story than today," said Teaford.

Ichiro Suzuki drove in the lone run for the Mariners, who have lost eight of their last 11. Anthony Vasquez (1-3) went six innings in the loss, giving up two runs on seven hits to drop his third straight start after winning his MLB debut against Cleveland on August 23.

"It was a good ballgame, we just came up a little bit short," said Seattle manager Eric Wedge. "Their bullpen did a great job, they've got a strong bullpen over there, some great young arms, with great stuff, they really shut us down."

With the game scoreless in the third, the Royals took the lead when Escobar hit a one-out single and Gordon followed with an RBI double for a 1-0 lead.

The score stayed that way until the seventh when Gordon doubled home Brayan Pena, who had led off with a single and moved to second when Chris Getz reached base on a Vasquez error. Melky Cabrera followed with a walk to load the bases, but Shawn Kelly got the next two batters out to limit the damage.

Seattle, which had just four baserunners over the first seven innings, got on the board in the eighth on an RBI double from Suzuki that scored Michael Saunders, who was pinch-running for Josh Bard following a single from Bard.

Joakim Soria, though, worked around a two-out single by Justin Smoak in the ninth to pick up his 28th save of the season.

Game Notes

Kansas City plays a two-game set at home against Minnesota starting on Tuesday...Seattle hosts the Yankees for three games starting on Monday...Kansas City won five of the eight games against Seattle this season...Teaford appeared in 23 games out of the bullpen this season, his first in the majors.