Make it six losses in the last seven games for the Mariners, despite the best efforts of Hisashi Iwakuma today. Iwakuma looked as strong as ever the first three innings when he retired nine in a row on eight grounders and a strikeout. He gave up his only two runs of the game on four hits in the fourth inning — one on a grounder just out of Carlos Triunfel’s reach and another on a high chopper over the first baseman’s head.

In the end though, Iwakuma needed just 47 pitches to get through the four frames and left trailing by a run. The Mariners wound up tying the game in the sixth on a Kyle Seager single, but fell behind to stay for good in the bottom of the inning of what became a 4-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals in Surprise, Ariz. The Royals scored the decisive run off Tom Wilhelmsen in the sixth when Elliot Johnson led off with a triple to the right field corner and later came home on Xavier Nady’s single to right.