KC Royals’ Brady Singer strikes out 8 in win over Mariners

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Brady Singer throws to a Seattle Mariners batter during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Brady Singer throws to a Seattle Mariners batter during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

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Brady Singer’s coming-of-age season in the majors continued. He shut down an almost assuredly playoff-bound ballclub as the Kansas City Royals extended their winning streak to four games on Friday night.

Singer struck out eight and allowed just one run in seven innings as the Royals earned a 5-1 win over the Seattle Mariners in front of an announced 13,615 in the first game of a three-game set at Kauffman Stadium.

The four-game win streak is the longest of the season for the Royals.

The three-game series is the final home series of the season for the Royals (62-89).

Singer improved his season record to 10-4, becoming the first Royals pitcher with double-digit wins in a season since Jason Vargas in 2017. He’s the first Royals right-hander with 10 wins since 2016, when Ian Kennedy, Yordano Ventura and Edison Volquez each reached that plateau.

Singer held the Mariners (82-68) to five hits and two walks in seven innings. He threw a season-high 110 pitches. Singer won his third consecutive start, and he has not lost since August 3.

Singer, the Royals top draft pick in 2018, has now allowed just one run in his last three starts (20 innings), and he lowered his ERA to 2.99 in 23 starts (26 games) this season.

Rookie first baseman Vinnie Pasquantino went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, while catcher MJ Melendez went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. Hunter Dozier also went 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored.

Bobby Witt Jr. (1 for 4, RBI) and Salvador Perez (1 for 4) each also doubled. Witt’s double gave him 56 extra-base hits, the most by a Royals first-year player in franchise history. He’d been tied with Alex Gordon (2007).

Futures Night

The Royals honored 12 minor-league players with Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year awards on the field prior to Friday’s game. Royals executive vice president and general manager JJ Picollo, senior vice president / assistant general manager Rene Francisco and director of player development / field coordinator Mitch Maier presented the awards.

The players recognized on Futures Night included Triple-A Omaha outfielder Brewer Hicklen and pitcher Andrés Núñez Double-A Northwest Arkansas outfielder Tyler Gentry and pitcher Drew Parrish; High-A Quad Cities catcher Luca Tresh and pitcher Emilio Márquez; and Low-A Columbia’s catcher Carter Jensen and pitcher Ben Kudrna.

From the Arizona Complex League, the Royals honored outfielder Roger Leyton and pitcher Mauricio Veliz, and from the Dominican Summer League, outfielder Erick Torres and pitcher Emmanuel Reyes.

This story will be updated.

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Lynn Worthy covers the Kansas City Royals and Major League Baseball for The Star. A native of the Northeast, he’s covered high school, collegiate and professional sports for The Lowell Sun, Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin, Allentown Morning Call and The Salt Lake Tribune. He’s won awards for sports features and sports columns.

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