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Shealy has two homers, career-high 5 RBI in K.C. victory

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Buddy Bell's 100th victory as Kansas
City's manager kept the Royals from getting closer to another
triple-digit milestone -- one they don't want to reach.

By beating the Seattle Mariners 10-8 on Thursday night, the
Royals guaranteed themselves a better finish than their 56-106
record in 2005. If they win six of their remaining 15 games, they
will avoid becoming the first non-expansion team to lose 100 games
in three straight years since the 1952-54 Pittsburgh Pirates.

"It was a good night, especially the way it started," said
Bell, whose team trailed 3-0 after two innings. "It could have
gotten out of control early, but it didn't."

The last franchise with triple-digit losses for three straight
years was Toronto in 1977-79.

Ryan Shealy homered twice and drove in a career-high five runs
and Esteban German went 3-for-5 with three RBI for the Royals.

Shealy hit a two-run homer in the third inning off starter
Jarrod Washburn (8-14). Then, after Emiliano Fruto replaced
Washburn with two on and one out in the fifth, Shealy drove the
first pitch over the left field fence to cap a four-run inning and
put the Royals up 7-5. It was the first multihomer game of his
career.

"I'm working hard every day," said Shealy, who had been stuck
behind Colorado first baseman Todd Helton before the Royals
acquired him in a July 31 trade. "It's not easy to come to the big
leagues right away and immediately show power. I've been battling
hard since I got here, and hopefully we'll see more games like
tonight."

Ichiro Suzuki went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI for the
Mariners, but also hurt them with some overzealous baserunning.
Adrian Beltre also had a homer and three RBI.

Royals starter Odalis Perez (2-3) came out after giving up Kenji
Johjima's single to lead off the sixth inning. Two walks by Scott
Dohmann, including an intentional pass to Suzuki, loaded the bases
with one out.

Beltre's single scored Johjima, but Suzuki overran second and
Jose Lopez was thrown out at the plate trying to convert the
ensuing rundown into a run. Dohmann then struck out Yuniesky
Betancourt to end the inning.

"Those are basic mistakes that, no, we don't accept that,"
manager Mike Hargrove said. "We'll talk to him and you know, he
knows he made a mistake."

Third base coach Carlos Garcia said he put up the stop sign.
Suzuki said he thought he and Lopez were being waved on.

"Initially, I wasn't planning to go to third," he said through
a translator. "But I saw it, and I turned on the switch to go to
third."

The Royals added three insurance runs in the eighth for a 10-6
lead on Angel Berroa's successful squeeze bunt and German's two-run
triple. Beltre homered off Joe Nelson to lead off the ninth and Ben
Broussard added an RBI single to make it 10-8.

Perez gave up six runs and 10 hits -- eight of those in the first
two innings. But after yielding Suzuki's two-run homer that put the
Mariners up 5-3, he retired the next five batters before Johjima's
hit.

"He threw well, except for a couple of crucial pitches to some
big hitters," catcher John Buck said. "For him to keep us in the
ball game and to have the offense pick him up for once -- we owed
him one, because he's been carrying us quite a bit in close
games."

Washburn had a 1.49 ERA, best in the majors among active
pitchers with at least six starts, and a 4-0 record in six previous
career starts in Kauffman Stadium. It went up to 2.66 after
Thursday night's outing, in which he gave up six runs and 10 hits
in 4 1-3 innings.

Seattle went up 1-0 in the first on Richie Sexson's RBI single,
then added two more runs in the second on Suzuki's RBI infield
single and Beltre's sacrifice fly.

Kansas City tied it with a three-run third, capped by Shealy's
two-run homer to center.

The Royals could have had one more run in the third, but German
was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second on Mark
Grudzielanek's one-out double. Emil Brown followed with a single,
scoring Grudzielanek.

In the Royals' fifth, Shealy's second homer followed an RBI
double by German.

Game notes
Seattle first base coach Michael Goff filled in at bench
coach Thursday night for Ron Hassey, who stepped down Wednesday
after being told that his contract would not be renewed. Goff has
not been designated the interim bench coach, manager Mike Hargrove
said. Double-A manager Daren Brown coached at first for the
Mariners. ... The Royals' attendance of 8,839 was their lowest this
season.