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Suarez shines in front of KC and the Mariners are tied for the top of the West

Suarez shines in front of KC and the Mariners are tied for the top of the West

SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners edged out the Texas Rangers to first place in the American League West, defeating the Kansas City Royals 7-5 on Friday thanks to three hits and three RBIs from Eugenio Suarez.

Venezuelan Suarez got a two-run go-ahead in the fourth inning.

Seattle was 10 games out of first, going 47-48 heading into the July 20 game. However, the Mariners have gone 25-8 since then.

128 games have elapsed in the season. The last time the Mariners were at the top of the division at this point was in 2003.

Kansas City took a 3-2 lead before Suarez’s leadoff single in the fourth. The Mariners built a 6–3 lead in the fifth when Teoscar Hernandez hit a home run on an Austin Cox wilder and Josh Rojas hit an RBI single.

Isaiah Campbell (4-0), second of seven Seattle pitchers, hit no hits in the fifth inning. Buddy Singer (8-10) allowed four runs and nine hits in four innings pitched.

For ownership, the Venezuelans beat Mikel Garcia 5-0, Freddy Firmin 1-0 and Salvador Perez 4-1. Puerto Ricans MG Melendez 4-1 with a run, Nelson Velasquez 4-1 with a run and an RBI.

For the Mariners, Dominican Julio Rodriguez is 4-2 with a run scored, Teoscar Hernandez is 5-1 with a run scored. Venezuelan Suarez is 5-3 with three RBIs.

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