- Associated Press - Sunday, May 11, 2014

SEATTLE (AP) - Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon wants his team to take responsibility for this loss.

Right fielder Cole Gillespie committed two of Seattle’s season-high five errors in a 9-7 loss Sunday to the Kansas City Royals.

The five errors were three more than they had in a game this year and the team’s most since Sept. 5, 2011, against the Los Angeles Angels.

“One thing I don’t do is make excuses for guys, so the onus is on the players in the locker room today,” McClendon said.

Johnny Giavotella had a three-run homer in a four-run seventh inning, helping the Royals rally from a 7-5 deficit.

Alcides Escobar had given the Royals the early lead with a second-inning grand slam off starter Roenis Elias. But the Mariners rallied behind Dustin Ackley’s two homers and Kyle Seager’s two-run shot to take the 7-5 lead after five innings.

Danny Farquhar (1-1), though, took over in the seventh and yielded all four runs. Farquhar was upset by a critical call by home umpire Marcus Pattillo three batters before Giavotella’s home run.

The Royals‘ seventh began with a double by Eric Hosmer. Farquhar then struck out Billy Butler and appeared to strike out Danny Valencia on a 2-2 curveball. But Pattillo called it a ball, causing Farquhar to throw up his arms in disgust.

“I’m pretty sure umpires don’t like that,” Valencia said.

Farquhar was upset and it seemed to have an impact on the rest of his inning. He ended up walking Valencia and Alex Gordon, loading the bases. Lorenzo Cain tied it with a sacrifice fly to center. Then Giavotella, promoted from Triple-A Omaha on Thursday, hit Farquhar’s first pitch for his first home run.

“Sometimes you want pitches and they are not called,” Farquhar said. “You can’t let that affect you. I want everything called a strike, so that is nothing different for me.”

Valencia added, ‘it’s part of the game. It’s going to happen. No one’s perfect out there. Fortunately, it was in my favor.”

Royals manager Ned Yost, when asked about Farquhar’s borderline pitch, said, “We were upset when we didn’t get a third strike on (Mike) Zunino, too, which ended up costing us two runs. That’s part of the game.”

That pitch came during the Mariners’ three-run, second-inning rally. After Ackley hit his first home run to open the inning, Stephen Romero was hit by a pitch, bring up Zunino.

Starter Jeremy Guthrie believed he had Zunino struck out but it was called a ball. Zunino then singled to right and both runners scored on a double by Brad Miller, ending a 0-for-19 slide.

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