Mariners fall flat in Game 2 vs Royals, lose 9-1

Mariners fall flat in Game 2 vs Royals, lose 9-1

Seattle Mariners reliever David Phelps left with right elbow discomfort after throwing seven pitches in the seventh inning of the first game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals.

"It's going to have to be a pretty miraculous recovery", Royals manager Ned Yost said to prevent Perez going on the disabled list.

Cruz, Danny Valencia and Kyle Seager homered in the first two innings, helping the Mariners take a 7-0 lead off Danny Duffy (7-7).

Marco Gonzalez, who was making his Mariners' debut since being acquired in a July 21 with St. Louis, failed to make it through the fifth inning.

The Mariners will have to rely on other starters-such as James Paxton, Ariel Miranda and Erasmo Ramirez-while Hernandez is out. The Royals plan on bringing up rookie right-hander Jakob Junis as the 26th man and starting him in the second game. The former ace is 5-4 with a 4.28 ERA this season.

The loss dropped the Royals to 3 1/2 games behind Cleveland in the AL Central.

Hernandez has been durable throughout his career, however, and he entered the 2017 campaign with 11 straight seasons of 25 or more starts (the first 10 of which featured 30 or more starts). They had not been rained out in Kansas City since August 19, 2004.