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Mariners reel in sweep on first road trip of season

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Jamie Moyer doesn't want his Seattle Mariners teammates getting too excited after sweeping the Kansas City Royals.

Moyer pitched seven strong innings for his 12th victory in 20
career decisions against the Royals as the Mariners completed a
three-game sweep with a 10-2 win Thursday.

"We've played eight games," he said. "It's something to work
off of and build off of, but it's a long season."

With the win, Seattle already matched the number of road sweeps
it had all last season while going 25-55 away from home. And the
Mariners' team ERA is an impressive 3.33.

"We're excited," said Richie Sexson, who had an RBI double and
a two-run homer. "This is a great series for us, a great way to
start a road trip."

The Royals, who scored only five runs in the series, are getting
consistent production only from Mike Sweeney.

Jeremy Reed had a three-run double in the six-run fourth for the
Mariners,who hadn't swept in Kansas City since Sept. 6-8, 2002.

"We got good pitching and we got some big hits," manager Mike
Hargrove said. "You combine all those, usually you come out on the
good side."

Moyer (2-0) gave up nine hits and two runs, with four strikeouts
and one walk. He gave up a run in each of the first two innings,
and then retired John Buck on a fly ball for the third out with the
bases loaded in the third.

After that, he cruised.

"I felt pretty good on the mound," Moyer said. "It was just a
matter of locating some pretty good pitches."

The ball Sweeney hit for an RBI double in the first inning was
not even in the strike zone, he said.

"He just went down and got it. There's nothing you can do but
tip you hat to an at-bat like that."

Reed's three-run double keyed a six-run fourth inning against
rookie right-hander Denny Bautista (1-1). Sexson had an RBI double
in the fourth and a two-run home run off reliever Mike Wood in the
sixth.

Bautista, making his seventh major league start, went 3 1/3
innings and was charged with six runs on four hits, three walks and
a strikeout.

"It seemed like he didn't have any feel for his fastball today,
so he went to his breaking ball," Royals manager Tony Pena said.
"Sometimes you see pitchers changing like that, but not after only
one inning. The first inning he's throwing 95, 96, 98 [mph] and it
seemed like they didn't want any part of him. But then he just
changed."

Bautista gave up a sacrifice fly to Randy Winn and an RBI single
to Dan Wilson in the second.

In the fourth, Wilson Valdez hit a two-run double, and Mike Wood
relieved Bautista and walked Ichiro Suzuki intentionally to load
the bases. Two pitches later, Reed's bases-clearing double sailed
into left-center. Sexson then made it 8-2 with an RBI double.

Sweeney has hit in eight straight games and is batting .359 with
four doubles and eight RBI.
Game notes
The Royals actually outhit the Mariners 11-10 but gave up
seven walks. ... Hargrove said "four or five" Seattle players
were feeling flu-like symptoms before the game. ... 3B Adrian
Beltre left the game in the fourth inning with tightness in his
lower back but Hargrove said he expected him to be ready for the
next game. ... Royals 1B Calvin Pickering was 0-for-4 with three
strikeouts. He's been given permission to leave for Los Angeles
this weekend where his wife is due to give birth. ... Buck broke an
0-for-20 skid with a single in the sixth.