Ryan Verdugo certainly won't forget his Major League debut.
The rookie left-hander allowed six earned runs over 1 2/3 innings and the Royals couldn't come back, falling 9-6 to the Mariners on Tuesday night in Kansas City. Verdugo had allowed the six runs on eight hits and two walks before finally being pulled and forcing the bullpen to stretch itself again.
Verdugo was starting because the originally-planned starter, Everett Teaford, had to throw five innings of relief on Monday after a poor start from Jonathan Sanchez.
The Royals scored three runs in each the third and seventh, but couldn't climb out of the hole.
Alex Gordon went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored as the only Kansas City player with multiple hits. Billy Butler went 1-for-4 with an RBI, while Lorenzo Cain hit a pinch-hit two-run home run. Vin Mazzaro allowed three earned runs over 2 1/3 innings of relief.