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

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

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

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.