Brandon Moss hit two home runs and Lorenzo Cain drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as the Kansas City Royals beat the Seattle Mariners 6-4 on Thursday night.
KANSAS CITY — It was a compliment to his former team about what it had become and achieved in the last three seasons. But perhaps it should have also been a warning to his teammates.
In the hours before Thursday’s opener in an important four-game series vs. the Royals, centerfielder Jarrod Dyson, who had played with the Royals his entire career, and was part of two teams that made it to the World Series, including winning it in 2015, put it clearly and perhaps prophetically about playing Kansas City:
“They’re not going to give in. They are not going to just give it to you. You are going to have to beat them in every aspect of the game. They find ways to win. You have to be on top of your game. You can’t make mistakes against those guys. They take advantage of mistakes. That’s the way they are wired.”
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The Mariners weren’t on top of their game. They made mistakes later that evening in the field, on the bases, on the mound, at the plate and it cost them. In the end, Seattle didn’t do enough to beat the Royals, who had lost three straight games coming in. The Mariners wasted a 2-0 lead, gave away a 3-2 lead and eventually lost 6-4.
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“Like I said, it was going to be tough ballgame and those guys over there they don’t give up,” Dyson said postgame. “When they sniff it, they play a little harder. We made some mistakes that they cashed in on and we left a lot of runners on base. It was a tough game.”
Facing a team they are battling with for the postseason, the Mariners just didn’t play well enough to win. It started with failing to do more against Royals starter Trevor Cahill, who was anything but sharp, pitching 4 2/3…