A second straight win inched the Kansas City Royals closer to Wild Card range as they topped the Seattle Mariners, 3-1.
Will Smith succeeded in long relief of Danny Duffy with 4 1/3 shutout innings with the Royals offense picking it up from there. Jarrod Dyson came home on a wild pitch to give KC the lead, and Emilio Bonifacio extended the lead with a sacrifice fly.
Kansas City with a win has a five-game deficit in the Wild Card standings with five teams to climb over including the second-spot leader Tampa Bay.
The Royals and Mariners meet in the second game of their four-game series with Seattle at 7:10 PM