Final

Royals 5

(9-12, 3-7 away)

Mariners 2

(9-13, 5-6 home)

    3:05 PM ET, March 25, 2005

    Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria, Arizona 

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    KC 010030010 5 - -
    SEA 000000020 2 - -

    Kansas City 5, Seattle 2

    PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Brian Anderson pitched one-hit ball over four innings and Terrence Long and Joe McEwing each drove in two runs, leading the Kansas City Royals to a 5-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday.

    Seattle's Ichiro Suzuki tripled in the sixth to extend his hitting streak to 15 games, tying a franchise spring training record set by Ken Griffey Jr. in 1989.

    Anderson struck out three, walked one and may have pitched his way out of Kansas City. The left-hander's $3.25 million salary would seem like a bargain to most teams, but the Royals could save even more by trading Anderson and replacing him with Jimmy Gobble in the rotation.

    "I know today is a showcase," Anderson said.

    Among the lefty's strikeout victims was Suzuki, called out on a check-swing in the first inning. It was Suzuki's first strikeout in 50 plate appearances this spring.

    The Royals took a 1-0 lead in the second when Angel Berroa hit a one-out single to right and scored on McEwing's blooper to right.

    Kansas City stretched the lead to 4-0 in the fifth, thanks in part to two Seattle errors. McEwing reached on a throwing error by third baseman Scott Spiezio, then stole second. Alberto Castillo walked, and Long hit a soft, two-run single over a drawn-in infield.

    Calvin Pickering followed with a broken-bat chopper, which reliever Ron Villone threw into center field while attempting a force at second. Long scored on the error to make it 4-0.

    Dan Wilson hit an RBI double off the left-field wall in the eighth to score Willie Bloomquist, who led off with a triple. Seattle pulled to 5-2 when Wilson scored on a one-out double by Jose Lopez.

    Game notes


    Seattle C Ryan Christianson will miss at least three weeks with a broken left index finger. He was hit by Castillo's bat when McEwing stole second in the fifth. ... Mariners LHP Eddie Guardado, slowed by a strained right hamstring, threw a 35-pitch simulated game. "It went great," he said. He pitches Sunday against the Chicago White Sox. ... Royals CF David DeJesus and RF Long collided when DeJesus caught a flyball for the first out in the fourth. Neither was hurt. ... Seattle RHP Scott Atchison strained his right elbow during a minor league game Thursday and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

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