Yuniesky Hits HR Against Former Team

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Yuniesky Betancourt hit one of the Royals' fourhome runs in his return to Seattle and Kansas City powered past theMariners 8-4 Thursday night.

Brayan Pena, Alberto Callaspo and David DeJesus also homered forthe Royals in their first four-homer game this season. The lasttime they hit four was May 23, 2007, against Cleveland.

It was enough support for Kyle Davies (5-9), who went sixinnings to earn the victory. He allowed five hits and two runs,walking three and striking out five.

Jamey Wright allowed one hit over his two innings. And BruceChen gave up a two-run home run to Jack Wilson in the ninth. It wasWilson's first with the Mariners and first the American League.

Doug Fister (1-1) worked six innings for the Mariners, allowingfive runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out five.

Pena's home run, his fifth, was one of the shortest ever at10-year-old Safeco Field, just 331 feet. Callaspo drew a one-outwalk and Mark Teahan forced him at second. But Teahan hustled toavoid the double play and kept the inning alive for Pena. His ballbarely cleared the right-field wall at the foul pole, the park'sshortest point.

In the fifth, Betancourt, who was traded by the Mariners to theRoyals on July 10, hit his third with the Royals, deep into theleft-field bullpen.

Callaspo connected on a two-run shot, his eighth, in the sixthto make it 5-2. DeJesus pushed the lead to 7-2 with hisseventh-inning, two-run, two-out blast, his 11th, off Shawn Kelley.

The Mariners scored twice in the fifth. Russell Branyan singledand advanced to second on a wild pitch. He scored on KenjiJohjima's single to right.

Michael Saunders' forced Johjima at second. Saunders stolesecond during Franklin Gutierrez's 10-pitch at-bat and scored onGutierrez's single to left.

The Mariners had an opportunity in the sixth, putting runners onsecond and third with one out, but Branyan popped to third andJohjima struck out.

NOTES: Mariners RF Ichiro Suzuki, 16 hits shy of his recordninth consecutive 200-hit season, missed his fourth straight gamewith tightness in his left calf. "Still no time frame on hisreturn," manager Don Wakamatsu said. ... 3B Adrian Beltre isscheduled to come off the DL (contused right testicle) Friday butWakamatsu said he's not ready to return. ... Royals OF Jose Guillencould come off the DL (right knee sprain) by Monday but managerTrey Hillman said, "we don't have a target date yet. We'll see howhe progresses."

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