ROYALS 5, MARINERS 1 (AT SURPRISE STADIUM)
Ventura pitched seven no-hit innings before the Mariners broke through with an RBI single by Tyler Smith, after two walks, in the eighth against Jason Frasor.
That was the Mariners’ only hit.
Mariners starter James Paxton struggled to find the strike zone in his 32/3 innings. He gave up five runs, although three were unearned, and threw just 36 of 68 pitches for strikes.
“My mechanics were affecting everything,” Paxton said. “I was spinning toward third base, and everything was going up and away or I was spiking it. I just need to get back on line and finishing my pitches. I’ll be just fine.”
Smith has four errors in seven games as a call-up from minor league camp.
Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma is scheduled to face Giants right-hander Jake Peavy.