Surprise, Ariz. Felix Hernandez pitched five innings, and rookie Stefen Romero homered, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 9-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.
Hernandez allowed three runs and five hits in his final spring outing before he pitches on opening day on March 31 against the Angels. He struck out six and walked none.
Romero hit a two-run homer in the Mariners’ six-run third, and singled home another run in the fourth. Brad Miller collected three more hits, including two doubles, to raise his average to .436. Mike Zunino also homered for the Mariners.
Royals left-hander Bruce Chen surrendered nine runs and 11 hits in four innings, throwing 92 pitches. Alex Gordon homered, doubled and drove in three Royals runs.
Royals claim pitcher
The Royals have plucked left-handed pitcher Patrick Schuster off waivers from the San Diego Padres.
The Royals also sent catcher Adam Moore to the Padres on Tuesday for cash considerations.
Schuster, who has not pitched above Class A, was placed on the 40-man major league roster. To clear roster space for Schuster, the Royals designated for assignment outfielder Carlos Peguero.
The 23-year-old Schuster had a 1.83 ERA in 55 games last year for Visalia in the California League.