Kelenic Shoots 2 Home Runs; Sailors Defeat Royals

KANSAS CITY, Missouri, USA (AP) – Rookie Jarred Kelenic spoiled pitcher Jonathan Heasley’s debut, hitting a pair of two-run home runs as the Seattle Mariners beat the Royals 6-2 on Friday night. of Kansas City.

For the first time in his career, Kelenick hit more than one home run in a game, keeping the Mariners three and a half games behind the New York Yankees in the hunt for the second wild-card spot in the American League playoffs.


Toronto and Oakland are also in contention.

Chris Flexen (12-6) reaped the win by accepting one run and six hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Heasley (0-1) allowed four runs – all on Kelenic’s home runs – as well as six hits in four innings.

When Heasley made his first pitch, he became the fifth Royals pitcher selected in the 2018 draft to pitch for the Major League team. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 2021 Royals are the first team in history to have five pitchers from the same draft generation who have started a meeting in a season.

For the Mariners, Venezuelan Luis Torrens 3-2 with a run scored and an RBI.

For the Royals, the Venezuelan Salvador Pérez 4-0. The Dominicans Carlos Santana 2-0, Hanser Alberto 2-1.