“Everybody’s playing the best brand of baseball that we can right now on every side — pitching, defense, hitting,” Gilbert said. “It’s fun to be in this spot.”
The Mariners broke open the game with three homers off Jordan Lyles (3-15) in the third inning. It came just 11 days after they went deep four times off the Kansas City right-hander during a seven-run fourth inning on Aug. 15.
Lyles became the first 15-loss pitcher in the majors this season. The Royals lost for the ninth time in 11 games.
“Today, I think it was the command,” Kansas City manager Matt Quatraro said. “We got behind, walked those couple guys. … And so that’s where most of it comes from — just not being as fine with his command.”
Rojas led off the third with his third homer since being acquired by Seattle on July 31. He didn’t hit a home run in 59 games with Arizona earlier this season.
Later in the frame, Hernández pulled his third career grand slam over the left-field fence and Ford added his 13th homer to make it 7-0.
Rodríguez hit a two-run shot in the fifth off reliever Jackson Kowar. It was his 22nd homer of the season and 50th of his career.
Raleigh added his 25th home run in the sixth, making him the first catcher in Mariners history with back-to-back 25-homer seasons. Marlowe hit a two-run shot in the seventh to make it 14-1.
“What lies ahead of us here over the next 30-some-odd games is going to be really exciting,” Servais said. “It’s been a lot of fun and our players are feeling it. You go home at night and you can’t wait to be at the ballpark the next day.”
NO. 50 FOR JULIO
Rodríguez’s fifth-inning shot made him just the second player in major league history with at least 50 homers and 50 stolen bases through his first two seasons.
The other player to accomplish the feat is Atlanta star outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr., who totaled 67 homers and 53 stolen bases over his first two seasons in 2018 and 2019.
Rodríguez also became the fastest player in Mariners history to 50 career homers, reaching the mark in 256 career games. Alex Rodriguez previously held the mark at 269 games.
Mariners RHP Luis Castillo (10-7, 3.15 ERA) takes the mound in Sunday’s series finale. The Royals have yet to announce a starter.