KC's Davies dominates Mariners, Felix gets no support again
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kyle Davies allowed only one infield single in six dominant innings and Kansas City handed Felix Hernandez his first loss in 10 decisions Tuesday night with a 3-1 victory over Seattle.
Billy Butler homered leading off the seventh against Hernandez, who had won nine consecutive decisions since losing 6-1 to Cleveland last Aug. 23. In seven innings, he gave up three runs - two earned - with three walks and seven strikeouts.
Davies threw 63 strikes with his 108 pitches, walked three and struck out five before turning a 2-0 lead over to the bullpen starting the seventh.
The sparse crowd grew expectant when the right-hander took his no-hit bid into the sixth. But with one out and Rob Johnson on first with Davies' second walk, Ichiro Suzuki slapped a bouncing ball toward the right side of the infield. The ball slowed in the wet grass as second baseman Alberto Callaspo came running in. He scooped it up with his glove and heaved it to first, but the fleet Suzuki was a couple of steps quicker.
Mitch Maier singled with one out in the fourth and eventually scored on David DeJesus' infield out, making it 2-0 ahead of Butler's home run leading off the seventh.
It was the fourth straight loss for the Mariners, who have dropped nine of their last 10 road games.