"I could have stretched it out some more," he said. "It's always a good feeling to be able to come out and still feel I have something left."Royals starter Aaron Crow breezed through his first three innings, allowing only a single to Ichiro Suzuki with two outs in the first inning and a walk to Vinnie Catricala in the third. But Crow gave up another single to Ichiro, followed by a walk to Justin Smoak to start the fourth inning and left the game. Brandon Sisk came on and allowed a single to left field by Carlos Peguero to load the bases. Miguel Olivo followed with a sacrifice fly for the game's first run. Michael Saunders drew a walk to reload the bases, and Catricala blooped a single to right for a 2-0 Mariners lead. Both runs were charged to Crow. A pair of flyouts ended the inning. The Mariners increased their lead to 6-0 in the sixth. The big blow was a two-run double off the wall in left field by Saunders, who later scored on a single by Catricala. Kansas City, which entered the game with a .296 team batting average, was limited to three hits through six innings. The Royals got on the scoreboard in the seventh when Jeff Francoeur hit a double down the right-field line and eventually scored on an error. Max Ramirez added an RBI single to make the score 6-2. Jonathan Broxton, in his second Cactus outing for the Royals, whizzed through a perfect fifth inning in nine pitches, throwing eight strikes. He got two strikeouts and a bouncer to the mound. "I thought Broxton was outstanding -- really eye-popping," said Royals manager Ned Yost. "Which was pretty impressive for his second time out." Up next, Mariners: Right-hander Erasmo Ramirez is scheduled to make his second Cactus League start, looking to continue his scoreless streak against San Francisco at 7:05 p.m. PT in Peoria. Ramirez, a 21-year-old in contention for a spot on the pitching staff, shut out the D-backs for three innings in his first outing, allowing two hits. The Mariners have added a "B" game vs. the White Sox at 10 a.m. Thursday in Glendale. Up next, Royals: Danny Duffy, who is working on a string of five consecutive strikeouts, will start against the Dodgers at 3:05 p.m. CT in Glendale. Duffy pitched two perfect innings against the Reds in his Cactus League debut, striking out the final five batters he faced.
Jim Thomas is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.