Royals rookie Brad Keller pitched his first complete-game but lost 1-0 to the Mariners in Seattle. Keller allowed six hits over eight innings. Salvador Perez doubled and Whit Merrifield singled for the only Kansas City hits. James Paxton allowed two hits and struck out 11 over eight innings.
Keller was touched up for the only run of the game after one out in the second inning when he allowed three-straight singles. Two of the hits were broken bat singles. Keller says it is bothersome to give up the lone run on a broken-bat hit.
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