- Associated Press - Thursday, July 8, 2010

SEATTLE (AP) - Alberto Callaspo turned his failed eighth-inning sacrifice bunt attempt into a three-run home run, lifting the Kansas City Royals to a comeback 7-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night.

Callaspo came up in the eighth with the Royals trailing 3-2 and runners on first and second. Reliever Brandon League (5-6) had walked the first two batters. Callaspo was unsuccessful twice in making contact on a sac-bunt.

That just set him up for a full-swing shot into the right-field seats on a 3-2 pitch, his eighth.

Victor Marte (3-0), who worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh, earned the victory.

Joakim Soria entered the ninth with two on and no outs and retired the final three batters. He picked up his 25th save in 27 opportunities.

Soria has converted 18 straight opportunities, including all three saves in the series. It was the first time since June 12-14, 1995 that the Royals swept the Mariners in Seattle.

Casey Kotchman supplied all Seattle’s runs with a pair of home runs. In one game, Kotchman produced one-third of his season home run total. He now has six.

It also was Kotchman’s second career multiple home run game. His first was May 14, 2007 against Texas when he was with the Los Angeles Angels.

Mitch Maier had a solo shot for the Royals in the eighth, his third.

Billy Butler also hit his ninth home run in the ninth, one that had to be confirmed by the umpires through video replay.

The Royals’ three homer game was their first since May 6.

Kansas City quickly created a run in the first inning. Jason Kendall drew a one-out walk and moved to third on David DeJesus’s single to right. He scored on Butler’s sac-fly to right.

Kotchman tied it with a two-out solo shot to right-center on Kyle Davies’ first pitch to him in the second.

The Mariners loaded the bases in the third with one out, ushering pitching coach Bob McClure to the mound for a chat. That elicited an instant positive result. Davies’ next pitch to Jose Lopez was a gift one-hopper to mound and he turned it into a 1-2-3 double play.

Mariners starter Doug Fister struggled to find the plate early, walking a pair and throwing 47 pitches by the second inning. He was up to 91 pitches after just five innings.

Fister went six innings, allowing one run on six hits, exiting with a 3-1 lead.

In the sixth, Butler opened with a blast against the left-field scoreboard, missing a home run by foot. But Michael Saunders swiftly gathered the carom and threw to second. Inexplicably, Butler rounded first too wide and was easily thrown out returning to the bag.

NOTES: Royals OF/DH Jose Guillen is day-to-day after sustaining a grade one strain in his left quad Tuesday. “We were hoping that it wouldn’t be worse and it’s not,” manager Ned Yost said. “He’s not playing today, we’re off tomorrow. We’ll see where he is on Friday.” It looked serious, as Guillen barely made it up the line to first base. He said the muscle kept cramping. But Guillen said he’s ready to play. “Just wrap it up like old school and just go play,” he said. OF Milton Bradley has not started the past four games because of a bruise to the fat pad on his right knee. “He’s hitting, he just can’t do a lot of running right now,” manager Don Wakamatsu said. “He’s getting treatment and staying off it a little bit.”

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