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Young strong in Mariners’ win over Royals

SEATTLE (AP) — Chris Young pitched eight efficient innings, Justin Smoak and Dustin Ackley homered, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Kansas City Royals 3-1 Saturday night.

Young (3-0) allowed three hits, while striking out three and walking none. The tall right-hander needed just 96 pitches, setting down the lineup in order in five of his eight innings.

It is the first time Young has thrown at least eight innings since he tossed a complete game for the San Diego Padres in 2008. Young didn’t play last season and pitched sparingly from 2009-12.

Fernando Rodney pitched around a two-out single in the ninth inning to record his 11th save in 12 attempts.

Royals starter Yordano Ventura (2-2) allowed three runs in 6 1-3 innings. The right-hander issued a season-high four walks, while notching a season-low three strikeouts.

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