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Sunday, June 4, 2006 - Page updated at 10:31 PM

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Royals beat Mariners, 9-4

The Associated Press

SEATTLE – Reggie Sanders drove in a season-high three runs and the Kansas City Royals beat the Seattle Mariners 9-4 Sunday to snap a nine-game losing streak at Safeco Field.

John Buck hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the fourth inning off Jarrod Washburn, who allowed a season-high seven runs to a team that had scored one run in its previous 28 innings.

Emil Brown also hit a solo drive off Washburn in the second inning. The Royals' 15 hits were one more than they had in their previous three games combined — all losses.

Washburn (3-7) lasted just 4 1-3 innings, allowing eight hits. He walked two and struck out five. The runs were the most Washburn had allowed since May 8, 2005, at Detroit, when he was with the Angels.

Sanders hit a sacrifice fly in the third inning to drive in Tony Graffanino and give the Royals a 3-2 lead. Ichiro Suzuki hauled in Sanders' flyball on the warning track in right field. It was the second time in the series Sanders had come close to becoming the fifth major league player with 300 home runs and 300 stolen bases.

Seattle tied it in the bottom of the third on Adrian Beltre's two-out double and Richie Sexson's RBI single. But Kansas City took the lead for good in the fourth.

After Angel Berroa led off with a double, Buck hit a full-count fastball from Washburn into the Seattle bullpen in left to make it 5-3.

Sanders hit a one-out single in the fifth and advanced to second on Brown's walk. Sanders then stole third and scored when catcher Kenji Johjima's throw sailed into left field. Mark Teahen singled in Brown to make it 7-3.

Sanders added a two-run single in the sixth to increase the Kansas City lead to six.

Beltre hit a two-run homer in the first for Seattle. It was his second homer in two games and his fourth of the season. Beltre has eight hits in five games since moving from fifth to second in the batting order.

Kansas City's Mark Redman (1-4) allowed eight hits and four runs in 5 2-3 innings. He walked three and struck out two while pitching for the first time since May 19. He was coming off the bereavement list after the death of a person close to him.

Elmer Dessens pitched the final 3 1-3 innings for his fourth career save and first in the AL. Notes:@ Kansas City's previous win in Seattle was Aug. 27, 2004. ... LF Raul Ibanez did not play for the first time in 244 games because of what the team called flulike symptoms. It was his first day off since Sept. 8, 2004. Suzuki holds the Mariners' record with an ongoing games-played streak of 297.

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