Felix Hernandez lost his fourth straight start and Will Smith struck out a career high eight to help the Kansas City Royals beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1 on Monday.
The Mariners left-hander hasn't lost four straight starts since 2008. He also left in the seventh inning with a cramp in his lower back.
Smith (2-1) pitched 4 1-3 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the victory, allowing just one hit, after starter Danny Duffy failed to make it through four innings. Five of Smith's strikeouts took only three pitches.
Greg Holland pitched a one-hit ninth for his 37th save in 39 opportunities.
The Royals broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run fifth, which Jarrod Dyson led off with an infield single and advanced to third on Alcides Escobar's hit-and-run single to right. Dyson scored on a Hernandez wild pitch. Escobar scored on Emilo Bonifacio's sacrifice fly.
Hernandez (12-9), who was 0-3 with a 9.64 ERA in his previous three starts, exited while pitching to Alex Gordon with two out in the ...