SEATTLE (AP) — Yordano Ventura made mistakes and the Seattle Mariners capitalized on them.
Chris Young wasn't so kind.
The Kansas City Royals became the latest team to get a firsthand look at just how well a resurgent Young can pitch, managing just three hits against Seattle's starter over eight innings in a 3-1 loss to the Mariners on Saturday night.
"He is one of the more deceptive guys I've faced," Kansas City designated hitter Billy Butler said. "He is really tall, got downward angle — really good with the elevated fastball."
Young (3-0) was efficient with his 96 pitches, striking out three and walking none. A day after lashing out 16 singles, the Royals' lineup was set down in order in five of Young's nine innings.
Young missed most of 2013 after having surgery done to address a nerve ailment that affects his shoulder.
It is the first time Young has thrown at least eight innings since he tossed a complete game for the San Diego Padres in 2008. Young didn't play last season and pitched sparingly from 2009-12.
"I've said all along, he's a veteran guy that knows what he's doing, what he wants to do," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. "When he's capable of executing his pitches, he's pretty tough."
The four hits — Kansas City picked up a single in the ninth — tied a season-low for the Royals, who have struggled to find power during their time in Seattle. Of its 23 hits in three games thus far in the series, Kansas City has just one extra-base hit.
The Royals took an early lead, thanks to a fielding gaffe by Seattle's Michael Saunders. The right fielder fell awkwardly as he attempted to field a ball hit by Mike Moustakas down the line in the third inning. The ball went to the wall and Moustakas pulled into third with a triple.
The Royals took advantage of the opportunity as Alcides Escobar followed with a sacrifice fly to left to give Kansas City a 1-0 lead.
Saunders had to leave the game after the inning and was diagnosed with a hyperextended left knee. He is considered day to day.