Seattle 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 sacrifice bunt.
That just set him up for a full-swing shot into the right-field seats on a 3-2 pitch, his eighth home run of the season.
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.