Series: Game 2 of 4

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/15)

Game 1: Thursday, September 14
Kansas City10
Game 2: Friday, September 15
Kansas City8
Game 3: Saturday, September 16
Kansas City7
Game 4: Sunday, September 17
Kansas City5

Mariners 11

(70-77, 29-43 away)

Royals 8

(57-91, 33-41 home)

    8:10 PM ET, September 15, 2006

    Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 

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    SEA 002021312 11 14 0
    KC 510001001 8 11 1

    W: J. Woods (5-3)

    L: R. Braun (0-1)

    Beltre drives in 5 and Mariners rally from 6-run deficit

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Adrian Beltre is finding success by being selective.

    Elias Says
    Kansas City Royals
    Oops, they did it again. The Royals led 5-0 after one inning, but the visiting Mariners wound up winning 11-8. Back on May 25, the Royals lost at home, 13-8, to the Tigers after leading 6-0 after the first inning; and on Aug. 23, Kansas City fans were shocked to see the Royals lose to the Indians, 15-13, after holding a 10-1 lead after the first inning.

    The Royals became the first team in major-league history to lose three home games in one season in which they led by five or more runs after the first inning.

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    Beltre had three hits and five RBI as the Seattle Mariners rallied from a six-run deficit and beat the Kansas City Royals 11-8 Friday night.

    "The last two or three days I've been swinging a lot better," Beltre said. "It's more or less swinging at strikes. Everybody knows that I can get a little wild at times. Swinging only at pitches over the plate can make anybody a better hitter."

    Seattle starter Francisco Cruceta gave up Ryan Shealy's first career grand slam, and the Mariners trailed 6-0 after two innings.

    But Beltre started the comeback with a two-run single in the third off Luke Hudson. Beltre hit an RBI double in the fifth and scored on Kenji Johjima's double, then tied the score 7-7 with a two-run homer in the seventh off Ryan Braun (0-1).

    "Adrian swung the bat well today," Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said. "Really in the last couple of days he's swung the bat well. His stroke is shorter, and he's been more consistent. He hit the ball hard tonight."

    One out after Beltre's homer, Raul Ibanez walked. Richie Sexson followed with a go-ahead double against Ambiorix Burgos.

    "After a 6-0 lead," Kansas City manager Buddy Bell said, and then shook his head. "Their guy (Jake) Woods did a pretty good job of shutting everything down for a while."

    Hargrove was pleased with the effort it took to come back.

    "The only good thing about getting behind by six runs that early is that it's early," Hargrove said. "You've got a lot of at bats to try to make up ground. Every inning you try to score one run. That's our goal. AB (Beltre) got that big two-out soft liner that (Mark) Grudzielanek couldn't handle and broke the ice for us."

    A run-scoring throwing error by shortstop Andres Blanco made it 9-7 in the eighth, and T.J. Bohn hit his first major league homer in a the ninth, a two-run drive off Scott Dohmann. Shane Costa had an RBI single in the bottom half off J.J. Putz.

    Woods (5-3) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings for relief. Seattle topped last year's victory total and reached 70 wins for the first time since the Mariners won 93 in 2003.

    "Jake was outstanding," Hargrove said. "Cruceta didn't have command of any of his pitches, and it didn't look like he was going to get any better."

    Shealy's slam -- Kansas City's first since Mark Teahen's against Cleveland on Sept. 22 last year -- and Joey Gathright's sacrifice fly put the Royals ahead 5-0 in the first, and Esteban German hit an RBI double in the second off Woods.

    Game notes

    German had three hits for the second straight night. He has 11 hits in his last 18 at bats. ... Suzuki had his 62nd multihit game of the season. ... After doubling in the fifth, Kansas City C John Buck left the game with tightness in his left hamstring.

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