Final in 8

Royals 4

(9-13, 2-8 away)

Mariners 5

(11-16, 6-7 home)

    4:05 PM ET, March 24, 2007

    Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria, Arizona 

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    SEA 00010103 - 5 - -

    Mariners 5, Royals 4

    Associated Press

    PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- After languishing in the Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen to start last season, a midseason trade to Kansas City gave Odalis Perez a fresh start. Now in his first full season with the Royals, Perez is making the most of it.

    The former All-Star on Saturday gave up one run in five innings of work in a 5-4 loss to the Mariners.

    "Physically and mentally, I'm good," Perez said.

    His best stuff wasn't there against the Mariners, but Perez still battled through against a potent Seattle lineup. More than one batter reached base in three of his five innings, but he got out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth when Jose Guillen hit a sharp liner right at Kansas City third baseman Alex Gordon.

    "It wasn't the best for me; I feel like I didn't have command of my pitches, but it was still one run in five innings," Perez said. "When you don't have your best stuff, sometimes you do good. When you have your best stuff sometimes you don't do very well. I don't know why that is."

    Jose Vidro went 3-for-5 and knocked in the eventual deciding run in a three-run eighth inning for Seattle.

    Like Perez, Mariners starter Jarrod Washburn fought through multiple jams, giving up three runs in six innings.

    He struggled out of the gate but settled down. Four of the first five batters reached and two scored before Washburn got Ryan Shealy to ground into a double play to limit the first-inning damage.

    He set down the next eight in order before back-to-back doubles by Alex Gonzalez and Esteban German stretched the Royals' lead to 3-1 in the fifth. Washburn then needed a flyout by Ross Gload to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth.

    "I was just starting to get a little tired," Washburn said. "Guys never like to admit that, but I'm old and beyond trying to be stupid. I'll admit that I was getting a little tired, but I was able to get out of it."

    Octavio Dotel was saddled with the loss after giving up three runs -- two earned -- in the eighth inning.

    Seattle's Guillen impressed at the plate. He rocketed a pair of doubles in his first two at-bats.

    Game notes


    With an announced crowd of 8,630 the Mariners topped the six-digit mark for home attendance. They have drawn 103,595 fans, second in the Cactus League to the Cubs. ... Mariners RHP Mark Lowe was cleared to begin throwing next week, continuing his rehabilitation following arthroscopic surgery to remove scar tissue in his right elbow. "Everything's good," Lowe said. "I'm ready to go."

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