Olerud hit a three-run homer and Davis added a grand slam in an
eight-run 11th inning that sent the Mariners over the Kansas City
Royals 16-9 Sunday. The Mariners took an 8-5 lead into the bottom of the ninth, but
relief ace Kazuhiro Sasaki couldn't close it out. ''You feel real comfortable with a three-run lead with Sasaki on
the mound,'' Mariners manager Lou Piniella said. ''It wasn't easy,
but it was a win.'' The Royals scored two runs in the eighth off Arthur Rhodes and
three in the ninth to send the game into extra innings. The home runs by Olerud and Davis in the 11th sent the Royals to
their 12th defeat in their past 13 home games. The Mariners, who have won three in a row for the first time
since July 29-Aug. 3, remained four games behind Anaheim in the American League wild-card race. ''Even if we lost, we are still in position to make a run, but
it would make it more difficult,'' said Olerud, who tied a career
high with five RBI. While the Mariners continue this road trip with four games
against last-place Texas, Anaheim and Oakland play each other. ''One thing about that series, if we win we're going to pick up
ground on one or the other,'' Piniella said. Desi Relaford, who had four hits, singled with one out in the
11th. Edgar Martinez walked before Olerud's shot to right-center
off Blake Stein (0-4). After Davis connected off Kris Wilson for his third career slam
and second this season, Mike Cameron hit his 22nd homer of the year
to make it 16-8. ''The past couple of weeks I've felt like I had pretty good
command,'' Stein said. ''Today I was all over the place. I didn't
really have any command at all. When that happens, you get hurt.'' Doug Creek (3-2) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the 10th by
getting Brent Mayne to ground into an inning-ending double play. ''That had to be the play of the game,'' Creek said. ''I was
able to get the groundball when I needed it.'' The Royals rallied against Sasaki in the ninth. Pinch-hitter
Mayne hit a two-run homer to pull Kansas City to one down, and
pinch-hitter Dee Brown doubled to right. Luis Alicea's sacrifice bunt moved pinch-runner Carlos Febles to
third, and he scored on Sasaki's 0-2 wild pitch to tie it at 8. It
was Sasaki's sixth blown save in 40 opportunities. Kansas City's Mike Sweeney went 2-for-6 with three RBI to keep
his AL-leading average at .342. Jose Offerman and Olerud each drove in a pair of runs in a
five-run seventh inning as Seattle took a 6-3 lead. Royals starter Jeff Suppan, 0-8 with an 8.46 ERA in his previous
eight starts, took a 3-1 lead into the seventh, but walked Ruben
Sierra and Carlos Guillen to open the inning. Offerman, a former Royal, drove in two runs with a pinch-hit
single off Jason Grimsley. Relaford's single gave the Mariners a
4-3 lead. Martinez doubled off the left-field wall to finish Grimsley.
Olerud greeted rookie reliever Jeremy Affeldt with a two-run
single. Sweeney hit a two-run homer in the first to give the Royals a
2-0 lead. It was Sweeney's 120th career home run, passing Steve
Balboni for eighth place on the team's career list. Suppan gave up a leadoff home run to Martinez in the fourth.
Suppan has yielded 31 home runs, second-most in the AL. Mariners starter Ismael Valdes did not give up another hit after
Sweeney's home run until Luis Ordaz's two-out infield single in the
fifth. Valdes, who is 2-1 in four starts since the Mariners
acquired him in an Aug. 18 trade with Texas, gave up three runs,
two earned, in 5 2/3 innings. Carlos Beltran doubled home Alicea in the eighth, moved to third
on a wild pitch and scored on Sweeney's infield single. The Mariners added two in the ninth on Relaford's run-scoring
double and Martinez's RBI groundout.
Ruben Sierra, who had not started since Aug. 27 because a
strained left quadriceps, returned to the Mariners lineup. ...
Suppan threw his 10th wild pitch in the fourth inning, tied for
fourth in the AL. ... The Royals have used 50 players, one shy of
the club record for one season. ... Left-handed pitcher Darrell May will start
Wednesday for the Royals against the Chicago White Sox. ...
Relaford extended his hitting streak to 10 games.