Freddy Garcia got the benefit of an early 11-0 lead Tuesday at Kaufman Stadium in Kansas City - needing only to reach the minimum of five innings in order to snap his three-game losing streak - and did just that in a 15-7 Mariners win over the Royals.
Given the early cushion, Garcia (4-6) appeared more at ease on the mound and spotted his fastball better than at any other time this season. As he kept the Royals at bay, the Seattle offense took advantage of young Kansas City starter Chris George, scoring eight runs in the first two innings.
Edgar Martinez put the Mariners on the board with the first of his two homers on the day, a two-run blast to centerfield with Carlos Guillen on base.
Jeff Cirillo grounded out to start the second inning, but the next six Mariners' batters reached base safely. With two aboard, Ichiro doubled to score both, Ben Davis and Willie Bloomquist. Then, following a Randy Winn base hit, Bret Boone singled to left to score Ichiro. Edgar walked to load the bases for John Olerud, who singled to score two more. Cirillo singled to load the bases back up, setting up a bases loaded walk to Davis from releiver Scott Mullins to make it 8-0.
George (5-4) lasted only 1.1 innings, giving up eight runs and three walks, before being removed from the game. Mullins fared little better in his 3.2 innings of releif, allowing nine hits and six runs.
By game's end, the Mariners (32-18) reached a season-high 20 hits.
Winn led the way with a 5-5 night, while Olerud went 4-5. Winn's night improved his season average to .292.
Kansas City (26-23) never found a solution to the hot-hitting Mariners. Edgar belted his second homer of the game in the third over the left field wall, a three-run shot that made it 11-0. Two innings later, after the Royals had scored their first run of the game to make it 11-1, Davis smacked his fifth long-ball of the year to left. That scored three more, making it 14-1.
A solo homer by right field replacement John Mabry in the eighth capped the Mariners' scoring.
Kansas City scored the bulk of their runs off of Giovanni Carrara, who came in to replace Garcia in the eighth. Carrara nearly made it a game - all Mariners fans remember the infamous Cleveland comeback of 2001 - but the Royals comeback attempt fell short.
Mike Sweeney, Raul Ibanez and Mike Difilice had two hits apiece for Kansas City. The Royals connected for 10 hits for the game.
Mr. Clutch: Greg Colbrunn's ninth-inning pinch-hit single was the first pinch-hit of the season by the Mariners, snapping an 0-15 streak.