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Mariners Triumph Over Royals, 7-1

It started in the third, with a two-out RBI by Billy Butler. Once again, the Mariners were losing. But thanks to Larry Stone for jinxing the possible no-hitter being thrown by Zach Greinke (he sent an email discussing the possibility and then told the twitter-verse) the Mariners came roaring back in the bottom of the third, when Ryan Langerhans hit a solo home run to center field. Jack Wilson contributed a triple (!) and Chone Figgins singled to send in the second run.

Surprisingly enough, the fourth inning brought two more runs for Seattle, with Jose Lopez making his way very slowly around the bases, finding home on a Jack Wilson sacrifice fly. Adam Moore, who was hit by a pitch, causing gasps by everyone having traumatized visions of Rob Johnson coming back, scored on an Ichiro single.

The Mariners took a break in the fifth but came back with two more in the sixth. Greinke intentionally walked Ichiro, which turned out to be a foolish decision as it advanced the runners. Figgins, who hasn’t exactly been an offensive terror this season, took over and managed another two RBIs with a double that drove in both Langerhans and Moore.

In the eighth, the Mariners contributed their seventh and final run with an RBI by Casey Kotchman, driving in Jack Wilson, who drew a walk (!)

French pitched 8 innings, with 9 hits, 1 run, and 4 strikeouts. Not bad, not bad at all.