That simple fact explained why the Mariners losing streak reached five games on Monday night as the Royals rode Davies' eight scoreless innings to a 3-0 victory at Kauffman Stadium. On a night when Silva showed encouraging signs, a dearth of Seattle offense doomed Silva to another "L" next to his name in the box score.
The Mariners didn't get a hit until the fifth inning and finished with just four singles. Davies, who has been haunted by high pitch counts this year, needed just 95 pitches to take the game to All-Star closer Joakim Soria for the ninth.
"That's not the guy I saw tonight," Mariners left fielder Raul Ibanez said, when told about Davies' penchant for high pitch counts. "He had good stuff, located his fastball and had some complementary pitches to go with it."
On a night when Ibanez saw his consecutive game streak for reaching base come to an end at 32 games, the Seattle offense was stuck in neutral for nine innings. Jose Lopez, getting a start at first base, had two singles. Ichiro Suzuki and Kenji Johjima each had a hit, and that was it.
There wasn't much the Mariners could do except tip their caps in Davies' direction.
"He's got a good arm and had it all working," Seattle manager Jim Riggleman said. "Good pitching will beat good hitting and he beat us."
Davies fanned eight and pitched eight innings for the first time with the Royals.
"It was fastball, get ahead, curveball and then if we needed to put them away, another curveball," Davies said.
The Kansas City defense was crisp behind Davies and the right-hander induced double-play grounders from Yuniesky Betancourt and Jeremy Reed to end the sixth and seventh innings, respectively.
"We had some really good defensive plays early on and we had the two double-play balls that got me out of innings and kept my pitch count down," Davies said.
The Mariners could at least take some solace in the effort turned in by Silva. Although his personal losing streak reached six games, Silva's first start since Sept. 1 resulted in the right-hander keeping his team in the game.
Silva allowed two runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings. After tying a career high with four walks in his last start at Texas, Silva didn't give up a walk on Monday.
"Silva did a good job, but we just couldn't put anything together against their guy," Riggleman said. "I'm proud of our guys. We're battling, but we're just not getting it done."
The Mariners (57-92) haven't won since their 8-7 victory over Texas in a homestand finale on Sept. 10. After being swept in four straight in Anaheim and then dropping the opener of the Kansas City series, the Mariners have much work to do if they're going to have some pleasant memories of the current 11-game road trip.
"There's no excuses, we just got beat," Riggleman said. "We've got to do better from top to bottom."
Lopez is now hitting .296 after his 48th multi-hit game of the season. But the Mariners didn't have much to go with him.
"Their guy threw a lot of strikes," Lopez said.
The Royals used to see a lot of Silva when he pitched in the American League Central for the Twins. From Kansas City's perspective, it's puzzling to see Silva's record at 4-15.
"He's still throwing the same velocity, still has a good changeup and I'm assuming a good slider, although he didn't show it to lefties," said Royals left fielder Mark Teahen.
On some nights, the pitching repertoire that Silva showed on Monday would have been good enough.
Not this time.
The way Davies was dealing, Silva simply had no margin for error.
Robert Falkoff is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.