Castillo falters, M’s blow 9-run lead; KC’s 11-run 6th wins

Luis Castillo was chased as the Royals broke out for 11 runs in the 6th inning. The Mariners lose 13-12, costing them a chance to move up in the AL wildcard standings.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Luis Castillo, who had just signed a rich deal with Seattle, was being pursued as the Kansas City Royals broke out in the sixth inning for 11 runs and a wild 13-12 win on Sunday that broke the Mariners have a chance to move up in the AL wildcard standings.

Mitch Haniger struck twice during an eight-run fifth for the Mariners, and they led 11-2 as they finished sixth. But Castillo struggled, and Michael Massey homed and drove in four carries during the Royals’ biggest inning since 2004.

The Mariners remained in the third wildcard spot, a half game behind Tampa Bay. Seattle stayed four games ahead of Baltimore for that final AL playoff slot.

Castillo, an All-Star traded from Cincinnati to the Mariners midseason, was given a five-year, $108 million contract that begins next season. The deal was announced on Saturday.

With a nine-run lead, Castillo hit the first batter in the Royals’ sixth. After a walk and Massey’s homer, Castillo was drawn after another walk.

The Royals ended up combining seven hits, including a two-run single by Massey, and five walks from four pitchers to take the lead. Matt Brash (3-5) faced four batters and couldn’t post an out.

Hunter Dozier ended with three hits and two RBIs for the Royals.

Jose Cuas (4-2) recorded four outs for the win. Scott Barlow made his 24th save.

Royals starter Max Castillo, recalled before the game from Triple-A Omaha, left the team after a base-laden walk to Cal Raleigh and gave the Mariners a 3-2 lead in fifth place. He allowed six runs on six hits and four walks.

The Mariners finished 45-36 on their road schedule, while the Royals finished 38-43 on their home schedule.

Kansas City’s announced attendance of 18,350 brought the season’s total to 1,277,776. That was 201,883 fewer than in 2019, the last season before the COVID-19 restrictions.


Mariners OF Jesse Winker left Sunday’s game with an injured left wrist after being hit by a pitch for the second time in the game.


The Mariners play at home on Tuesday. LHP Robbie Ray (12-10, 3.60 ERA) meets the Texas Rangers, who have not announced a possible starter.

The Royals and RHP Zack Greinke (4-9, 4.21) play LHP Joey Wentz (2-2, 3.13) in Detroit on Tuesday. Castillo falters, M’s blow 9-run lead; KC’s 11-run 6th wins

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