Sep 5, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas (8) connects for the game winning home run in the thirteenth inning of the game against the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Royals vs Mariners: Moustakas Wins It In The 13th, Butler Has 5 Hits

It took thirteen innings but Mike Moustakas helped the Kansas City Royals (73-67) walk off with a big 7-6 victory over the Seattle Mariners (63-77). The Royals are still trying to stay alive, even slightly, in the wild card race. Kansas City sits at 4.5 back of the second wild card spot.

On the Mound

Jeremy Guthrie got off to a horrendous start, giving up 3 runs in the first inning. He had trouble righting the ship, trailing 5-0 after 4 innings.  He ended up going six full innings and was fortunate not to get tagged with the loss.

The terrific bullpen went 7 strong frames, the only hiccup came in the ninth inning when closer Greg Holland blew his first save opportunity since May 6th. Raul Ibanez, a member of the 2003 Royals, which was the last Kansas City team to finish over .500, hit a 2-out home run in the 9th inning to send the contest into extra innings. In the 7 innings of relief, the bullpen yielded just the one run on 4 hits and 1 walk, while combining for 9 strikeout. Louis Coleman, who only faced one batter, got the win.

At the Plate

It was a big afternoon for the Royals offense as they knocked out 19 hits on the day. After trailing 5-0, they came charging back, scoring 3 in the 5th, and 3 in the 7th, putting Kansas City up by one.

There were several hitting heroes for a change. Alex Gordon got things going with a 2-run home run in the 5th. Emilio Bonifacio went 4-6 with runs scored. Salvador Perez went 3-3 with a RBI. Mike Moustakas had the game-winning bomb in the 13th.

And Billy Butler went 5-5 with a run scored and a RBI.

Alcides Escobar had a rough day taking the collar in six at bats.

This and That

Holland had converted 31 straight saves before faltering today. Only Joakim Soria had a longer streak – 36.

Six of the Royals 19 hits were for extra bases.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

Hit a walk-off home run in the 13th inning will earn a POG every time. So will going 5-5. Congrats to Mike Moustakas and Billy Butler. Honorable mention to Emilio Bonifacio and Salvador Perez, and a big shout out to the Royals bullpen for another stalwart effort.

Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The Mariners

Brad Miller and Nick Franklin, a couple of promising middle infielders, each went 0-5 on the day.

Raul Ibanez has 26 home runs on the season.

Joe Saunders surrendered 11 hits in 4.2 innings, which led to the first 3 runs.

Up Next

James Shields (10-8, 3.03 ERA) will start the first game of a 15-game stretch that includes 6 games with Detroit, 6 with Cleveland, and 3 against Texas. First up is Anibal Sanchez (12-7, 2.68 ERA) and the Detroit Tigers at 7:10.

AL Central Notes

Detroit Tigers (81-59): Idle.

Cleveland Indians (74-65): Idle

Minnesota Twins (61-77): Idle

Chicago White Sox (56-83): The Sox were able to scatter 1 run on four hits against Miguel Gonzalez in a 3-1 loss to the Orioles. They produced 5 hits total, two by Dayan Viciedo.

Tags: Billy Butler Greg Holland Kansas City Royals Mike Moustakas

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