Ian Kennedy (photo/Royals)

Home runs and solid pitching powered the Kansas City Royals to a 3-1 series opening victory in Seattle Monday night.

Mike Moustakas smashed his 23rd homer of the year and Alex Gordon added his fifth.

Ian Kennedy allowed one run on just four his and stuck out seven over 6 2/3 innings of work,

The win pushes the Royals record to two games over 500.