Mariners on the mound:
Starter Miguel Batista held the Royals scoreless for three innings before yielding a two-run double in the fourth, when he worked out of further damage by way of a double-play grounder and infield out.
Royals on the mound:
Right-handed starter Brian Bannister retired seven of the first eight batters he faced, but only four of the last 11 during a 3 2/3-innings stint.
Cactus League records:
Mariners 5-12; Royals 8-9.
The Mariners attempt to improve their Cactus League record against American League West opponents to 4-0 on Saturday with a game against the Rangers at Peoria Stadium at 1:05 p.m. PT. Left-hander Horacio Ramirez takes a 0.00 ERA into the tilt and is scheduled to go five or six innings, depending on his pitch count.
The Royals return to Surprise Stadium and face the Diamondbacks at 3:05 p.m. CT. Right-hander Gil Meche takes a 2.57 ERA into his third start of the spring.
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.